Accuracy in Media

In remarks to the AIM conference, “ObamaNation: A Day of Truth,” on September 21st, former Democratic pollster and analyst Pat Caddell said, “I think we’re at the most dangerous time in our political history in terms of the balance of power in the role that the media plays in whether or not we maintain a free democracy.” Caddell noted that while First Amendment protections were originally provided to the press so they would protect the liberty and freedom of the public from “organized governmental power,” they had clearly relinquished the role of impartial news providers.

Nowhere was this more evident than during the tragic death of a U.S. ambassador in Libya that was covered up for nine days because the press and the administration did not want to admit it was a terrorist attack.

“We’ve had nine day of lies over what happened because they can’t dare say it’s a terrorist attack, and the press won’t push this,” said Caddell. “Yesterday there was not a single piece in The New York Times over the question of Libya. Twenty American embassies, yesterday, are under attack. None of that is on the national news. None of it is being pressed in the papers.”

Caddell added that it is one thing for the news to have a biased view, but “It is another thing to specifically decide that you will not tell the American people information they have a right to know.”

He closed his talk with these words: “The press’s job is to stand in the ramparts and protect the liberty and freedom of all of us from a government and from organized governmental power.  When they desert those ramparts and go to serve—to decide that they will now become an active participants—when they decide that their job is not simply to tell you who you may vote for, and who you may not, but, worse—and this is the danger of the last two weeks—what truth that you may know, as an American, and what truth you are not allowed to know, they have, then, made themselves a fundamental threat to the democracy, and, in my opinion, made themselves the enemy of the American people.  And it is a threat to the very future of this country if…we allow this stuff to go on, and…we’ve crossed a whole new and frightening slide on the slippery slope this last two weeks, and it needs to be talked about.”

 

You can watch highlights of his talk here:

 

You can also watch the entire talk along with Q&A below, or watch along with a transcript here.




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Comments

  • what

    …………And he is right……

  • aposematic

    Caddell has finally realized the Media/Press as a threat to our Freedom. I have been saying the MSM/Press is Americas number one enemy for a very long time. Glad at least some Pundits have finally awakened to that fact.

  • James Dunlop

    It’s all done deliberately Pat.

  • James Dunlop

    Jamie Dupree of Fox Radio say’s bias is only in the minds of the listener, another words Jamie Dupree say’s there is no media bias.

  • Dan

    this is what i posted on tweeter and facebook yesterday…..

    The Main Stream Media should be considered the Enemy of the
    People…they are co-conspirators in treasonous acts against the
    People…what they have allowed and who they have allow to do it should be considered treason and i include Fox new
    s
    in this (by reporting Polls as fact when they are out and out lies
    PROPAGANDA PURE AND SIMPLE) they too have become enemies on the
    People…what should be done???? REVOKE THEY’RE CITIZENSHIP AND DEPORT
    THEM TO CUBA…they would fit right in…………

  • Sounds like Jamie is conspirator in it.

  • As I change channels, not only did I notice the slant in the news but also things that were spoken in foreign news sources that also use AP and Reorters, but were ignored. They can critisize Fox for slanting right, but what are the rest? I find the mainstream news media so wanting to sway this election that they are willing to ignore any news that might shed a negative light on their candidate. They remind me Georbles or whatever his name is. (ministry of propaganda for hitler).

  • jennfire

    This is not new news! It has been like this for the last 20 years at least but getting so bad lately, there are no more excuses, or any possible way of covering it up. We need to can them all and start over with an entire new set of news people, and college instructors that taught them their “trade”

  • So very true, they are not doing their job, they have become dictators of what we are aLLOWED to know, they protect the power elite, not the standards of truth that we count on them for, to protect our liberty and our freedom. They have not kept to informing, they are now a player in politics, as such they have become our enemies. Our attempted jailers, our controlers and our dictators, they take a certain kind of power from this, that power is what they want and they have abandoned any honorable roll in our system that they once held.

  • The Madhatter 46

    Orwell’s 1984 is no longer fiction. Stalin and Goebbels would love the Lame stream media of 2012. Between their propaganda and the indoctrination of schools, Big Brother is just around the corner. How else could the great divider, narcissistic, incompetent leader of the Progressives stay in power. Shame on the 4th Estate, the President of the United States, and the American citizens who accept this garbage as truth!!!

  • 5843supie

    Ole Pat Caddell… washed up and angry, reduced to Fox News and Accuracy
    in Media… all deserving of each other 🙂

  • AnygryAmerican

    This is so true. Never in my life have I been so disgusted with this government and the lying media which covers for him.

  • LeftsIgnorance

    Poor ole troll hoping to earn a worthless obama dollar. Do you look as stupid as you sound?

  • Conservator1

    Pat Caddell is correct; the progressive MSM with regards to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya have acted in a concerted effort to protect another Obama failure. The Post is one such leftist newsoutlet and below is the most recent article on the terror attack in Benghazi.

    Attack on U.S. Consulate in Libya determined to be terrorism tied to al-Qaeda – Thursday, September 27, 2012
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/attack-on-us-consulate-in-libya-determined-to-be-terrorism-tied-to-al-qaeda/2012/09/27/8a298f98-08d8-11e2-a10c-fa5a255a9258_story.html

    U.S. intelligence agencies have determined that the attack on the U.S. mission in Libya involved a small number of militants with ties to al-Qaeda in North Africa but see no indication that the terrorist group directed the assault, U.S. officials said Thursday.

    The determination reflects an emerging consensus among analysts at the CIA and other agencies that has contributed to a shift among senior Obama administration officials toward describing the siege of U.S. facilities in Benghazi as a terrorist attack…”

    “…The intelligence picture assembled so far indicates that militants had been preparing an assault on the U.S. compound in Benghazi for weeks but were so disorganized that, after the battle started, they had to send fighters to retrieve heavier weapons.

    U.S. intelligence officials said they think the attack was not timed to coincide with the Sept. 11, 2001, anniversary. Instead, the officials said, the assault was set in motion after protesters scaled the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo as part of a protest of an amateur anti-Islamic YouTube video.

    “There’s never been any intelligence, nor any I’m aware of now, that indicated this was a plot planned months in advance to get turned on on 9/11,” said an Obama administration official…

    I’ve only posted a few lines from this putrid progessive piece, but it does prove the accuracy of Caddell’s concern of the MSM. Just think, as of yesterday/today the Obama administration is still trying to you use the YouTube video as a reason for the attack on our Consulate in Libya.

  • skhpcola

    A poignant rebuke of the sleep-walking liberal media, yet one that will go unheeded and ignored by that same liberal media. As with liberal voters, the progtard media curls in on itself like a roly-poly when its facile ideology is threatened with truth.

  • MicahStone

    I actually believe that d-cRAT pollster caddell has atoned for his sins in working for and helping THE SECOND WORST PRESIDENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY, carter. These days, caddell certainly seems like he’s trying to be honest in forthright in political matters.

  • pete pochkowski

    this is scary, Caddell is saying what we as a people have known for over 25 years….I have not trusted the liberal media and never ever will.

  • Amen brother Caddell! RonPaul2012!

  • NOBO2012

    Absolutely agree with Caddell! Good example of the media being the enemy: Look what they did here! Morning Joe is despicable! http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/morning-joe-mocks-romney-for-something-that-didn

  • marah

    Vote Romney/Ryan get everyone to vote republican and pray, pray pray.

  • on all 23 embassy’s at once , naw just spontanous I have a bridge for sale

  • d1comment

    So what do we do about it..? There are no checks and balances.

  • Just Sayin

    That is a lot of paranoia. If it seems everyone is way to your left, maybe you are too far of the right wing.

  • Steve Russin

    Caddell’s words were well spoken. He touched on the tepid Romney campaign and my only assumption has to be that Romney doesn’t want the job. Gas is four dollars, a drought ravished the midwest, our ambassadors in the middle east are being ass-raped and on and on. As soon as he is elected it will all become his fault and the MSM will chuck thier spears into him. Plus, the republicans will get another round of campaign contributions in 2016 when everyone is on their knees for change. The worse job Obama does, the more money Romney gets in campaign contributions…and round it goes.

  • JB

    In a museum in Vilnius, Lithuania there is a panel that states how the journalists in Lithuania were complicit in the takeover of Lithuania by Stalin’s Communists. Seems the journalists are doing it again RIGHT HERE.

  • 5843supie

    yup 🙂

  • Ryan Jones

    This is very important stuff that I’ve agreed with since I read Bernard Goldberg’s book BIAS back in high school. I would disagree with Mr. Caddell only when he mentioned Romney attacking the press. I feel doing so may lead him to spread himself too thin. He has about a month to make his point with the American people who (60%) already know the press is biased, majority of which are republicans and independents. Attacking the press as well as the democratic party (mainly Obama) would create too many enemies and be too time consuming. This strategy probably would have worked in June or July, but there isn’t enough time on the table now. It’s time organizations like AIM rise up to become well known. Get sponsorship, get your name out there on the news networks, publicize any news network that turns you down, and become the watcher of the watchmen. Fox News has been decently fair (by comparison of all other news networks). Start there. The GOP and its affiliates must direct people toward your organization. Political support groups must run advertisements showing the bias of the media and again, publicize the political organizations that are not actively seeking news bias.

  • WTF

    I first became aware of this when the main stream media never questioned the immediate need to attack Iraq in 2003. I heard plenty of voices from independent investigative journalists and many others that there was no immediate threat or evidence of WMD. But the mainstream media was nothing but a megaphone for the administrations drumbeat to war. Listen not to corporate controlled media, people.

  • Nobama Yo Mamma

    Pat Caddell is one of the good guys.

  • Nobama Yo Mamma

    Perhaps you have been bribed with an obama phone or an EBT card?

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  • Maria

    It is reassuring to know that there are people of the caliber of Pat Cadell that have the ability to transcend party lines as well as talking points and have the courage to indite the flagrant abuses of the liberal media.
    In the days of Jimmy Carter the news purveyors were not this flagrant in the abuse of their power.
    So I say thank you Mr. Cadell for having the courage to defend our constitution and our right to make up our own minds with accurate instead of manufactured information. You are an example of the standards America used to have more of, regardless of party lines… decency, honesty and pride!

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  • Maria

    my apologies Mr Caddell for just having just misspelled your name twice in my previous comment

  • John V

    Those “Special Privileges” extended extended, to the press, in parallel with the 1st Amendment, are not unalienable, they can just as well be retracted to those organizations who abuse those “Special Privileges” by hiding the truth from the American People for political gain or to usurp power and cause harm to American Democracy.

  • chilller

    M E D I A = Making Everyone’s Daily Information Ambiguous

  • bigbuffalo

    Im with you….go Ryan/Romney if we want to still be a Capitalist Country instead of a Socialist Country. We will be under a Dictatator ship

  • AmazedHuman

    Americans, vast numbers of us, know that today’s media is so unprofessional, so biased and slanted, that hardly a one of them can be trusted. I’m old and I remember when journalists and reporters used to be honest and trustworthy. They reported news, they did not create it, they did not bend and break the truth. They seem to have gone the way of the DoDo Bird. How sad. Millions and millions of us are so disgusted with our media, with our corrupt government, with the way our nation is being twisted and turned into something distorted and unhealthy. Our freedoms are being used against us, in evil ways, in an attempt to destroy our Constitution. Americans are not stupid. We have been guilty of being complacent and quiet for far too long. We are rising out of that. Anger will do that. Watch us.

  • Harry Wilson

    Despite the good/bad result of what the media does, I am sure that they are continually under threat by the government, threats suggesting that if they announce certain things, they will be violating “National Security” and subject to God knows what punishment(s). This is not to say that they are justified in not reporting. Conceding to governmental pressures as such violates what the press claim they stand for. When was the last time someone of the press went to jail for what the believed in?

  • Lois

    The media is complicit in tainting the jury pool with their articles condemning those charged with crimes. Whatever happened to “innocent until proven guilty?”

  • Jeanette Davis

    It’s time to let the mainstream news know that we are adults, and we expect them to start telling the truth, wright letters, to your government, your local news, news papers, what ever it takes, say we are adults and can handle the truth, to stop their lying, and cover ups, or we will protest their stations.

    #HandcuffHillary. The lier, and killer. #NeverHillary, Not ever!
    Arrest Obama, and impeach him! TRATOR! #ImpeachObama.
    #NeverBernieSanders, socialism! Free BS!

    Time for a real leader, is now.
    Go Trump Go! #PresidentTrump 2016!

  • James Ayars Bateman

    Pat Caddell is absolutely correct! However, the saving grace of our present situation is that the so-called “media” has a very large group of news sources which act to counter the abject bias and withholding of news they deem “not necessary” to publish. Can we all say, “THANK GOD FOR THE INTERNET?”

  • Remco Molendijk

    the news system is your own fault because of all your law suites, they write the truth and they get suite for it, change your laws and go for 3-5 judge system and things will change no more greedy law suites, no more street people with no law decrease and judge on what they need for there future, example “law suite about smoking if you have 20 people 11 smokes they will win because of that fact, it has nothing to do with law”

  • Rose Marie Sandlin

    They tell you how to think and who to vote for. They are as corrupt and dishonest as a mob.

  • corey2444

    After all the treason Obama has committed, they still have nothing but positive things to say as they hide the facts. The media is much more of an enemy that Obama. The media is 100% responsible for getting him elected, and 100% responsible for preventing him from serving prison time or worse.

  • Ryan Ehlis

    Look at 9-11, everyone knows it was a false flag inside job today but the media still pretends it was foreign terrorists! And the Sandy Hook Hoax was blown wide open by the alternative media and proven to be 100% staged hoax yet not one bit of accountability on the mainstream lying media!

  • daisy65014

    when 6 huge corporation owns the media…who do you think they are going to protect not us….it used to be before the FEC took out the controls that in combination they could only own 7 newspapers, tv station, and radio stations…now the most fascist system is the LAME STREAM MEDIA…http://www.businessinsider.com/these-6-corporations-control-90-of-the-media-in-america-2012-6

  • Larry Probert

    Media outlets need to be burned to the ground to let them know the american people have had enough!

  • michele1240

    after reading this article….and the long listing of comments by what are supposedly US citizens, all I can say is would you all go out and read a fucking history book. Never have I witnessed to much misinformation, the main street media a left leaning? seriously folks? you have a media here in the good ol US of A that is owned by a mere 6 corporations…..that in and of it self is the antithesis of progressive thought….. coupled with the fact that those same 6 corporations also own a vast majority of print and online media, again the antithesis of progressive thought, you have 6 CEO deciding the propaganda that will be spread that day. our country was put up for sale by Ronald Reagan, than Bill Clinton came in and marked down the price of what was remaining and Bush Jr marked it down for a fire sale!!!! there is ONE politician in DC that does not take money from corporate or wealth interests… and if you had been paying attention you would have noticed that all the coverage and free media went to republican candidate Donald, the misogynist bigot, Trump…….if you think Trump is going to help, you are not only misinformed, you might be mentally challenged completely and you might want to get that checked out!!!

  • dennis richardson

    Even Fox News will not survive the coming changes. When Rupert Murdoch loses his network due to people refusing to watch and thereby not purchasing from their clients ads. It will also fall to new ownership. The news media icons INCLUDING Bill O’Reilly will have to find another job. O’Reilly is as full of hot air as any one else in the MSM. Claiming himself to be a conservative is beyond laughable.

  • Nate Yuen

    2016 is the year I realized the system really is rigged and that the media is part of the con.

  • Walter Hewitt

    No – it’s not “new” news… ‘more of a analytical article. The fact that you read it, responded to it and the fact that the situation is worsening with every day MAKES it worth running again, even though it is a four-year old article.

  • Walter Hewitt

    This was a very relevant speech by a respected former Democratic pollster and political analyst, and he was spot-on in his analysis of what has happened to the sinking integrity of American journalism… but the story is four years old… why is it being presented (again) now??… Perhaps because it still resonates as a worthwhile critique of the sycophant lapdog role that American journalism has assumed in the last decade, especially in the ObamaNation… perhaps also because it again reveals the media is afraid to be highly critical of anything done or said by the nation’s first “black” chief executive for fear of the dreaded tag of “racist” … perhaps the most dreaded word in America today.

  • Ben

    American people, wake up! The government and media are involved in a conspiracy to “vomit” Islam upon you–do away with our system of government, civil law, other religions and civil rights. Their (confidential) cowardly view is–Islam is the fastest rising religion in the world and, we can’t kill 1.5 billion of them so you have to submit. Personally, I can hardly wait for the day our biolabs release a virus that provides the solution to this problem. It’s not so complicated in science to target that one specific group. As for the traitors pushing Islam–relocate out of the United States now or, goodbye to you. God Bless America. Ben, U.S. Intel (retired).

  • Jimmy Jones

    Wow

  • pokenhorn

    Pat is so right. We have no press to protect us by giving us the truth. Today’s press protects democrat and left-wing causes.