Accuracy in Media

Obamanation: A Day of Truth
Accuracy in Media Conference 9/21/2012
Speaker: Pat Caddell
“The Audacity of Corruption”
Transcribed by J. C. Hendershot & Bethany Stotts

ROGER ARONOFF: —next is Pat Caddell.  Pat Caddell is the founder of Cambridge Survey Research, a public opinion pollster, and an expert in analyzing public opinion.  Many will recognize him from his frequent appearances on Fox News, and some of us—the older ones in here—will remember him from all the way back to the McGovern campaign.  He also worked on the Carter campaign, for Gary Hart, for Joe Biden, and Jerry Brown.  What some of you might not be aware of is that Pat Caddell also worked as a consultant to various movies, TV shows, and documentaries, most notably Apocalypse Now, The West Wing, on TV, and, most recently, to a documentary you may have seen the last couple weeks on Fox called The Hope and the Change.  And without further ado, I’m going to welcome Pat Caddell.

PAT CADDELL: Thank you.  Glad to be with you.  This could take a long time, but we don’t have that, so let me just get right to this.  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 or not.  You know, when I first started in politics – and for a long time before that – everyone on both sides, Democrats and Republicans, despised the press commonly, because they were SOBs to everybody.  Which is exactly what they should be.  They were unrelenting.  Whatever the biases were, they were essentially equal-opportunity people.  That changed in 1980.  There’s a lot of reasons for it. It changed—an important point in the Dukakis-Bush election, when the press literally was trying to get Dukakis elected by ignoring what was happening in Massachusetts, with a candidate who was running on the platform of  “He will do for America what he did for Massachusetts”—while they were on the verge of bankruptcy.

Also the change from evening news emphasis to morning news by the networks is another factor that’s been pointed out to me. Most recently, what I call the nepotism that exists, where people get jobs—they’re married to people who are in the administration, or in politics, whatever.  But the overwhelming bias has become very real and very dangerous.  We have a First Amendment for one reason.  We have a First Amendment not because the Founding Fathers liked the press—they hated the press—but they believed, as [Thomas] Jefferson said, that in order to have a free country, in order to be a free people, we needed a free press.  That was the job—so there was an implicit bargain in the First Amendment, the press being the only institution, at that time, which was in our process of which there was no checks and balances.  We designed a constitutional system with many checks and balances.  The one that had no checks and balances was the press, and that was done under an implicit understanding that, somehow, the press would protect the people from the government and the power by telling—somehow allowing—people to have the truth.  That is being abrogated as we speak, and has been for some time.  It is now creating the danger that I spoke to.

This morning, just this morning, Gallup released their latest poll on the trust, how much trust—the Congressman [Lamar Smith] made reference to an earlier poll—when it comes to reporting the news accurately, fairly, and fully, and it’s the highest in history.  For the first time, 60% of the people said they had “Not very much” or “None at all.”  Of course there was a partisan break: There were 40% who believed it did, Democrats, 58% believed that it was fair and accurate, Republicans were 26%, Independents were 31%.  So there is this contempt for the media – or this belief—and there are many other polls that show it as well.  I want to just use a few examples, because I think we crossed the line the last few weeks that is terrifying.

A few weeks ago I wrote a piece which was called “The Audacity of Cronyism” in Breitbart, and my talk today is “The Audacity of Corruption.”  What I pointed out was, that it was appalling that Valerie Jarrett had a Secret Service detail.  A staff member in the White House who is a senior aide and has a full Secret Service detail, even while on vacation, and nobody in the press had asked why.  That has become more poignant, as I said, last week, when we discovered that we had an American ambassador, on the anniversary of 9/11, who was without adequate security—while she still has a Secret Service detail assigned to her full-time, at a massive cost, and no one in the media has gone to ask why.

The same thing: I raised the question of David Plouffe.  David Plouffe, who is the White House’s Senior Advisor—and was Obama’s campaign manager last time, he and [David] Axelrod sort of switched out, Axelrod going back to Chicago for the campaign—and just after it was announced that he was coming, an Iranian front group in Nigeria gave him $100,000 to give two speeches in Nigeria.  Now, let me tell you: There’s nobody that hands—no stranger gives you $100,000 and doesn’t expect something in return, unless you live in a world that I don’t.  And no one has raised this in the mainstream media.  He was on with George Stephanopoulos, on ABC, a couple of weeks ago, and they were going through all these questions.  No one asked him whatsoever about that.  He was not inquired.  George Stephanopoulos, a former advisor to Bill Clinton—who every morning, while Rahm Emmanuel was Chief of Staff, had his call with Rahm Emmanuel and James Carville, and the three of them have been doing it for years—and he is held out as a journalist.  He has two platforms.  I mean, he’s a political hack masquerading as a journalist.  But when you don’t ask the questions you need to ask of someone like David Plouffe, who’s going in the White House—when we’re talking about Iran. I just finished surveys, some of you may have seen, with John McLaughlin this week, with Secure America Now, and found out just how strongly Americans are concerned with Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood, what’s happening in the Middle East, and cuts in defense spending.  This is not the place for that, but it strikes me as the American people identify, in the polling we’ve done over the last year, Iran as the single greatest danger to the United States.  And here’s a man who’s being paid by an already named front group for that—for a terrorist regime, and is not asked about it, or queried about it!

The third thing I would say is that—then there’s of course [National Security Advisor] Tom Donilon, who I know very well from years back, who I caused a little bit of a stir over a few months ago when I said he was the “leaker-in-chief.”  I mean this ridiculous running around—“How did these secrets get out?”—when it is clear he  has no credentials for foreign policy; who has been in the White House; who was a political operative for Walter Mondale, Jimmy Carter, and others; who was known to have, in my opinion, to be just the most amoral person I know in politics; and who is using and orchestrating national security.  In Mr. [David] Sanger’s book [Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power], as a reviewer at [The New York Times] said, “The hero of this book, and the clear source of it, is Tom Donilon”—but let me just make a point.  Neither does—and I would say this to the Congressman—“You know, all the Republicans have to do”—you know, I talk often about the “Corrupt Party” and the “Stupid Party,” but the Stupid Party couldn’t be stupider when it comes to things like this.  They could have called Tom Donilon and other people down to the Congress, put them under oath, and asked them if they had leaked.  Instead you have Eric Holder, who runs the most political Justice Department since John Mitchell—only in John Mitchell’s administration we had Justice Departments that were so politicized and so corrupted by politics—and he appoints someone who gave two people to do a study on the leaks, sometime in the next century will come out, and one of them is a, was a contributor to Barack Obama when he was a state Senator.  That’s a really unbiased source!  And the press, of course, won’t look into this.  It will not ask the question.  But the Republicans could have called them down.  Yes, the President could have extended Executive Privilege, but let him say “I will not answer that question, sir” on the question of “Did you leak these secrets that Dianne Feinstein, the Chairman, the Democratic Chairman, of the Senate Intelligence Committee said were endangering national security and American lives?”  As she said when she read Sanger’s book, “My God, every page I turn I learn something that I don’t know!”  I mean, these are serious matters but in Washington they’re playful, and the press does not pursue any of them.

Peter Schweizer has done a study talking about corruption.  60%, or 80%—it’s closer to 80% I think, now—of the money given under the stimulus to green energy projects—the President and this administration’s great project—has gone to people who are either bundlers or major contributors to Barack Obama.  But nobody says a word.  Of course Republicans don’t raise it because in Washington, they simply want to do it when they get back in power.  And, of course, the press doesn’t because they basically have taken themselves out of doing their job.

When we see what happened this week in Libya—and when I said I was more frightened than I’ve ever been, this is true, because I think it’s one thing that, as they did in 2008, when the mainstream press, the mainstream media and all the press, jumped on the Obama bandwagon and made it a moral commitment on their part to help him get elected in a way that has never happened, whatever the biases in the past.  To give you an example of the difference, I’ll just shortly tell you this: In 1980, when [Jimmy] Carter was running for reelection, the press—even though 80% of them, after the election, reporters said they voted for Carter over [Ronald] Reagan, or 70% percent of them, a very high percentage—they believed, so much, that the Carter campaign and the Carter White House had abused the Rose Garden against [Ted] Kennedy that they made a commitment, as they discussed, that they would not serve as the attack dogs on Reagan for the Carter White House because they thought it was unfair and they weren’t to be manipulated.  I totally disagree with their analysis, but that was when you actually had a press corps.  Whatever their own personal feelings, they made judgments that were, “We’re not going to be manipulated.”  This press corps serves at the pleasure of this White House and President, led by people like Ezra Klein and JournoList, where they plot the stories together.  The problem here is that no one will name names.

But I want to talk about this Libyan thing, because we crossed some lines here.  It’s not about politics. First of all 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. Yesterday there was not a single piece in The New York Times over the question of Libya.  Twenty American embassies, yesterday, were under attack.  None of that is on the national news.  None of it is being pressed in the papers.  If a President of either party—I don’t care whether it was Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton or George Bush or Ronald Reagan or George H. W. Bush—had a terrorist incident, and got on an airplane after saying something, and flown off to a fundraiser in Las Vegas, they would have been crucified!  It would have been—it should have been the equivalent, for Barack Obama, of George Bush’s “flying over Katrina” moment.  But nothing was said at all, and nothing will be said.

It is one thing to bias the news, or have a biased view.  It is another thing to specifically decide that you will not tell the American people information they have a right to know, and I choose right now, openly, and this is—if I had more time I’d do all the names for it—but The New York Times, The Washington Post, or the most important papers that influence the networks, ABC, NBC, and, to a lesser extent—because CBS has actually been on this story, partly because the President of Libya appeared on [Bob Schieffer’s Face the Nation] and said, on Sunday, while [U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.] Susan Rice was out—the U.N. Ambassador has no portfolio on this matter—lying, said of the Secretary—you know why, notice the Secretary of State wasn’t out there doing this—was on national television, lying and promoting the White House line while the Libyan President, the very same moment, is saying “This is a premeditated attack.”  Nobody has asked that question.  This morning—take a look at The New York Times this morning, it’s a minor reference.  Oh, now we’ve decided that it was a terrorist incident.  But this is—that would have changed, that should change the politics.

This is not without accomplices, because the incompetence of the [Mitt] Romney campaign, which I said a week ago is the—my God!—the worst campaign in my lifetime, and the Republican establishment in general’s inability to fight, has allowed these things to happen in part because they don’t do it.  But I want to go through two other quick points.

[Mohamed] Morsi and Egypt: The President of Egypt, we find out now, that his whole agenda has been getting the “Blind Sheikh” [Omar Abdel-Rahman], who’s responsible for the bombings of the World Trade Center in 1993, out of jail.  Prison.  I’ve been told specifically, by a member of the intelligence community that the White House and State Department are negotiating that now.  They have now come out and denied it, but [Morsi] comes out, that they ordered—he’s the head of the Muslim Brotherhood!  The American people know what they think of the Muslim Brotherhood: They are against them eleven to one, all right? And he’s the president of the Muslim Brotherhood, giving $2 billion to United States.  He tells them—we had advance warning because they had said they were gonna do this, attack our embassy.  The President—after the incident, after 48 hours, Mr. Morsi does nothing and says nothing—picks up the phone, calls him, and demands that they call it off.  On Friday—last Friday, a week ago today—there was supposed to be a big demonstration.  We thought that would be the big day—no, it disappeared, because Morsi called it off.  But no press person has investigated this, just as no press person will go and ask the most obvious questions, when there are really good stories here, good media stories, and good news stories.  They are in the tank and this is a frightening thing.

Another example has been the polling, which everyone wants to talk to me about.  Look: There is no doubt that Romney is blowing an election he could not lose, and has done everything he can to lose it.  But the bias, the polling, it’s very complicated.  Some of it is error, some of it is miscalculation, but some of it is deliberate, in my opinion—to pump up the numbers using 2008 base to give a sense of momentum to the Obama campaign.  When I have polls that have the preference of Democrats over Republicans higher than it was in 2008, which was a peak Democratic year, I know I am dealing with a poll that shouldn’t be reported.  And yet they are being done, and they are being done with that knowledge and with that basis for some people, and the answer, as I said, some of it is incompetence, some of it is they just don’t know, really know, how to handle it, and some of it is on purpose, and it’s purposeful. But all of it is just to serve a basic point, just as JournoList was—Mr. Klein’s JournoList—but as I said there is no pushback.  We have a political campaign where, to put the best metaphor I can on it, where the referees on the field are sacking the quarterback of one team, tripping up their runners, throwing their bodies in front of blockers, and nobody says anything.  The Republicans don’t.  The reason you will lose this battle is for one reason.  Despite organizations like AIM and others who are pointing this out, and the fact that 60% of the American people are in on the secret here—I mean, they’re no idiots—Republicans and those candidates who are not the candidates of the press refuse to call them out.  If I were the Romney campaign I would’ve been doing this for months!  I’d have been looking at individual reporters!  I would be telling the American people, “They’re not trying to stop me; they’re trying to stop you!  And they are here to do this!”  And I would have made the press themselves an issue because, until you do, what happens is, they are given the basic concession of authenticity and accuracy, or that they are credible, by not doing that.

Now too many reporters, too many political people in the Republican party in this town, want to maintain their relationships with the press.  This is how Sarah Palin got handed over to Katie Couric and to ABC before she was ready—because Steve Schmidt and others want to preserve their view, their relationships with the press.  You know, people have their own agendas, and often it’s not winning.  But this not-pushing-back is a problem, and they don’t do it.  And, you know what this is a different era: The old argument of “You don’t attack someone in the press”—or “You don’t get in a pissing match with someone who buys ink by the barrel”—doesn’t apply anymore.  There are too many outlets, too many ways to do it, and the country doesn’t have the confidence in the press that they once had.

But all I want to conclude to this is that we face a fundamental danger here.  The fundamental danger is this: I talked about the defense of the First Amendment.  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 decide that they will now become active participants, 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 that—we allow this stuff to go on.  We have crossed a whole new and frightening slide on the slippery slope this last two weeks, and it needs to be talked about.  And so that’s as much as I can do in twenty minutes.  So then we—we have a few moments for questions.  Yes, sir?

ARONOFF: Let’s get a few questions here.

AUDIENCE MEMBER : Yes, I wanted to offer my interpretation for why this dynamic is happening.  I’d like your reaction.  I think that the media is working with the government, because the government hands out so many freebies—


AUDIENCE MEMBER: —you know, for market share, and, therefore, they have to work in sync with them in order to ensure the good graces.  I think, also, the advertisers who generate the revenue for the newspapers are also getting those freebies, and so they can then influence the media—

CADDELL: The corruption in this town is so great.  Everybody in Washington seems to almost be on the take—with the exception of everybody in this room, and the assistants here.  But, I swear to God, it’s so—the idea that I should get something, you know—the reason, when you have firms that have Ed Gillespie in business with Jack Quinn, who was the counsel for Bill Clinton, and responsible for the pardon of Marc Rich, among other things, is because everybody in this—those people on K Street, in both parties, are about arrangements and money.  Everyone in the press is.  We have stimulus money being given.  We have people who, as I said, the relationships, when people are making contracts, and their husbands and wives are getting—Jay Carney’s wife works in the government!  Now he works—he was the head of the Time Magazine!  He was a liar then, and a liar now, apparently!  You know—and nobody says there’s anything wrong with this.  And you’re right: Everybody’s on the take here, and everybody’s cutting up their stock.  That’s why, what used to be one of the best and most important things for the press, which was the investigative journalism of corruption and money, the stealing of the taxpayers, the looting of the Treasury, isn’t an issue, and why no one speaks of it in this town.  Yes, sir?

AUDIENCE MEMBER 3: Pat, just a quick question.  Is it in violation—can it be seen as a violation of their charter for the major networks to demonstrate such obvious bias?  I mean, is that a violate their FCC license agreements?

CADDELL: Well, their license agreements only go to their stations.  They don’t really go to the networks themselves.  But I—you see, that’s why we’re at this slippery slope.  This is what scares me.  Because you start saying, “Well, somebody should do something about this.”

My argument, when I speak to the press, is very simple: One day you’re going to get my combination of George Wallace and Huey Long running for public office.  He’s going to get up and say how—he’s going to point out “How the press is going to get me, and let me tell you what they’re going to say about me, because they want to stop me,” and he’s going to say, “You know what?  We’ve gone too far with this First Amendment stuff.  We need to make them serve the people.”  We’re sliding toward a system by establishing the fact that the press, in fact, has prostituted themselves in the service of a political party, or a political candidate, and once you go down this road and say, “That’s happening,” then people say, “Why do we need a First Amendment?  Why should we protect them?  They’re not protecting us.”  That’s the threat here.  That’s the danger that I worry about, because we desperately need a real free press, whatever its faults, that protects the people.  And soon, they will be owned by the people—we’re getting very close to that.  Watching the coverage of this stuff, in the last ten days, on Libya, and the press corps and the networks serving as nothing but offshoots of the White House Press Office, is really scary.  We’re going to get to this question, because that is down that road.  These people are going to destroy freedom in America.  I don’t care about their partisan preferences, I care that, in the end of the day, somebody’s going to say, “Enough of this!”  And somebody will carry the day, and that’ll be that.  Yes, sir?

AUDIENCE MEMBER 4: Thank you.  You—thank you!  Incredibly good twenty minutes!  I agree with everything you said!  I am very concerned about Romney’s poor campaign, combined with the media bias the way it is.  Is there anything that Romney can do at this point?

CADDELL: Well, he should’ve been out there already!  He should’ve been out there pushing back—and so should the Republican establishment.  The Republican establishment, as I said, in this town—I mean, all they seem to be in the business, to me, a lot of the establishment, is getting a lot of money to line their pockets, and not fighting or doing things that are effective.  Why aren’t they out there challenging this?  Why isn’t Romney himself getting up and saying, “I’m running against two organizations: I’m running against the Democrats and the President, and I’m running against the mainstream media, which will not tell you the truth”?  Now let me tell you something: You want to liven up some of your rallies?  That’ll do it.  But they don’t do it because this man dares to be cautious.  He’s going to dare-to-be-cautious himself right out of a race that was his to lose, and he’s losing it.

ARONOFF: One last question.  Anybody?  Go ahead.

AUDIENCE MEMBER 5: Are there no patriots in the media who—

CADDELL: Oh, yes, there are!  There are some.

AUDIENCE MEMBER 5: Do they not see where—

CADDELL: Well, the problem is—let me say this—because nobody raises the question, because no one raises from the viewpoint that I’m raising it from.  To raise it from the viewpoint where Republicans or conservatives “We don’t like what you’re doing to us,” only makes them dismiss that.  What is not to be dismissed is what this is doing, and what it is in terms of the specifics of challenge.  These individual reporters—let me tell you something about the press: Reporters become reporters and don’t enter the political fray because, basically, they can’t stand the heat.  That’s my experience.  You ever watch reporters under attack in a public venue and so forth?  They wilt like—they melt like ice on the equator.  The fact is that they need to be called out.  Their organizations need to be called out.  Ezra Klein still writes for The Washington Post?  I mean, this is unbelievable!  They had a secret operation group, “Journo” group, online, coordinating how they would promote Obama, and how they would attack Republicans—and he’s still there?  But nobody calls out the publisher, or the editor, or whatever—there is no effort here—or calls him.

The fact is, if I were out there, if I were doing one of these campaigns, I wouldn’t let one of these guys by with anything.  I would make the fact that the American people, already expressed in the Gallup poll, say—I would give them all the evidence they need to confirm their beliefs.  I would change the dialogue here.  But until that happens, you’re gonna have two teams—your whole team has an echo chamber of support—attacking you.  How do you ever expect to win?  Really?  I mean, you can when it’s the national tide, 1980.  We have a different press now.  They have now made the decision they will control the political process.  They are serving—with the hundreds of millions of dollars that the networks and these newspapers are, in effect, contributing—in-kind contributions to candidates in the Democratic Party.  That’s the legal issue that I would have been exploring.  I mean, I would begin to put the heat on.

But the Republicans never said a word.  When Comcast, which bought out the administration—they’re my cable company in Charleston, they’re just so bad, I guess every cable company is awful, but they’re the worst—buys a network, is allowed to buy a network—the Justice Department allowed this—no Republican stood up and said, “This should be stopped!”  I mean, really!  You get what you ask for.  So, anyway, I’ve got to go.  I’ve got to go do TV.

ARONOFF: Thank you very much.


  • JoAnne Smith

    I only disagree with one thing said by Pat Caddell. The Romney Campaign for President is a very well run organization. But this article is not about Romney and Ryan it is about the corruption of our press and network media. When are the few honest reporters going to start doing their jobs and start reporting the news accurately? The media should be ashamed of themselves!

  • CNS74

    What I would like to know: who will Pat Caddell vote for in November? Will he stick with Obama?

  • Kelly

    Way to stand up!!! Thank you!!! I shared this video to my friends. I stopped a long time ago watching the news. I dont own cable!!! I’m not sure how your video linked to my FB on my phone and not my main page but I found it anyways!!! I agree, have been asking the same ?s that make no sense why they ALL are getting away with these lies and cover ups!!! Its a very scary time for those who pay attention!!! May God be with us the most…to share and tell others of the truth!!!

  • ignatzk

    It is about the corruption of the press and network media. Caddell’s point is if the press won’t tell you, why are you hearing it from Pat Caddell – where is Romney’s voice on the issues the press refuses to cover. Romney is not complicit, but is guilty of a sin of omission.

  • Dependent

    I think you are dreaming. The mainstream media conspiracy as portrayed by the right-wing media just does not exist. In fact, it is the other way around. The former does the bidding of the latter because they are afraid that they will be branded as “unpatriotic” and “unAmerican.” For example, in the aftermath of the Iraq conflict, the two liberal newspapers, NYT and the Washington Post, both said that they did not do due diligence in the run-up to the invasion. Why? Because they bought the Bush administration’s lies and deceit, which was sold on FOX, owned by Mr. Murdoch and a Saudi Prince, who wanted regime change.

    Everything the GOP says that the media — or the Obama WH — does is something they themselves do. For instance, voter fraud, selling out the country to foreign interests, and this list goes on. (Of course, some Democrats are complicit, too, only because they want to please the hard right folks.)

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  • david

    we need to take away the power of the pollster by invalidating their conclusions. simply do not give accurate staements to pollsters when called upon. if enough peple so this, it significantly distorts the valididty of the poll results and neiither party can use that poll to twist, or align or simply lie to us in order to gain advantage, base on polling results-the results would be invalid. Politicians without accurate polling data would be forced to level withus-be honest with us-state their position.republicans and democrats can do this together!!! Invalidate the polls and we begin to take back our country—step 2 will be revealed later!

  • archon7

    You are right on, Pat! We are living in the prequel to George Orwell’s1984 right now. The media can no more report the truth than they can hold a gun to their own head and pull the trigger – the effect would be the same in either case. They report Orwellian “doublespeak”, not news, and nothing is as it seems. These are dangerous times, indeed, and best thing that can happen is that the media can simply die from lack of an audience, and pray we can keep the government from subsidizing them when they finally go bankrupt.

  • pleiades357

    Bias in the media escalated to an intolerable point a long time age. During
    Villa(rigosa)’s campaign for mayor of Los Angeles other mayor candidates could not get
    attention from the media, later the Los Angeles times commented they had been
    criticized (conveniently after the election), their response was that in their
    opinion their was no other “viable” candidate. Without publicity
    candidate Walter Moore received half as many votes. As Los Angeles struggles with vapid leadership we
    pay for the misdirection of the local media. I watched the 2008
    elections with horror as the media shamelessly used words and images to skew
    the public impression of the candidates. I wish I had the video skills and
    money to produce a film demonstrating media manipulation, that election would
    have been an excellent example. The use of chosen stories, camera angles, darts
    planted, ridicule on “entertainment” shows… all designed to disparage some candidates
    and elevated others. The shameless manipulation indulged in by the media is appalling.
    When the Soviet Union wrote the news to order
    we called it propaganda. It is the same thing when practiced in America. They
    should be ashamed, instead they seem to be proud of their ability to pull the
    wool over the eyes of the gullible public. As the saying goes, power corrupts. It
    does not necessarily apply to power in government.

    anyone who speaks out is flayed. I encouraged friends to write to new show sponsors
    saying they would not buy their products until something like reality is shown
    in the news, while they complain about the manipulation, none would act. I no longer donate to public television or
    subscribe to a news paper… I refuse to pay them to lie to me. I’ve attended political
    meetings and always suggest the greatest barrier to a fair exposure of the
    issues and a fair election (and real leadership) is the media, everyone nods
    sagely but no one has a suggestion to effect a change. I think exposure of the manipulation
    is the best course… but those more skilled than I am in these fields assure
    me, the public is not interested in the facts.

    listen every day to the “facts” repeated by those who swallow without questioning
    the version of reality the media chooses to present, with perpetually
    increasing concern watch as they attack anyone who questions and present
    opposing facts and proofs.

    It’s a frightening
    situation. It reminds me so much of so
    many early “horror” stories of public run amuck, the kind you watched certain
    such abuse of public trust would never be accepted by an educated public.

    you for an excellent article.

    I am as concerned as before, it is nice to see I am not the only one…
    Government of the media, by the media, for the media……

  • I have to applaud this speaker, and, working for a local television news outlet in San Francisco, I see this stuff all the time. It’s disgusting. He should be running Romney’s campaign.

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  • beefonrocks

    There will be a day of reckoning for the press.

  • JP

    “Romney is not complicit, but is guilty of a sin of omission.”

    Or is he? Perhaps Romney is running to lose. Why else would the Republican party be so mute on, well, everything? They’ve given us very little reason to believe that they (RINOs as I would call most of the elected members of the party) aren’t in on the whole gig.

    Maybe Romney will prove me wrong. If I were to bet on it, I would bet against him.

  • For starters I guess we could stop calling, “The Press, the press, or the media the media.” Its not anymore. Everyone is in pretty much agreement with that.
    So what do we all this, contemptible slimy organism?
    The KGB has PRAVDA, and it goes without saying now that the DNC has MSN and all the lesser lower forms of life under it’s umbrella fictitious facts.
    So what do we do? If Conservatives try to control the little piggy, it will squeal, that it’s First Amendment is being violated. Unfortunately lying is a political resume enhancer. So prosecuting a media organization stands about as much chance as Eric Holder being frog marched out of the DOJ.
    So it goes back to what are we going to do, other than moan, and whine about it? Do we give up? Do we capitulate and cry Uncle? Or do we cede from the Union and establish the Conservative States of North America? Ya gotta admit, it does have a nice sound to it. “Conservatives States of North America.”

  • JP

    You have a point in that both parties are bad.

    You are way, way off saying the media is beholden to Republicans. People have done counts on the number of stories for and against the candidates for the last several Presidential elections. The numbers are incredibly skewed for Democrats and against Republicans. Throw in the soft media like Letterman, The Daily Show, and even The View and the media simply bombards viewers with Republican=bad and Democrat=good.

    Please, if you are honest, open your eyes. If you are a paid troller just go away.

  • As a Brit, I do find this comical.

    FOX News is the mainstream media, and recognised as the most
    politically biased network in the history of television. It’s globally renowned
    for it’s Conservative bias, and continued attempts to influence mainstream

    How does Fox counter this – some feeble attempt to not class
    itself “mainstream media”…………!? And to try and take itself out the debate.

    The truth is, mainstream media reflects mainstream demographics.

    Right wing, evangelical Conservatives represent a small minority in the United States. They’re a vested interest minority group.

    In fact, if everyone in America actually voted, it would be impossible for Republicans to ever get into power. Something like 65% of the country identify themselves as being liberal/democrat.

    The only way conservatives can ever get into power is by trying to maintain a low voter turnout, and by ploughing money into the media.

    Fox/right wing conservatives try and pretend they speak for the majority, when they speak for a minority. So to counter this, they just try and claim that every other media company in the world is part of some mass conspiracy……………….

  • This isn’t just an American thing. Conservative media outlets in the UK do exactly the same thing.

    Campaign for minority, vested interest groups, and then claim that any opinion that counters this some mass liberal conspiracy………

    When it’s actually just mainstream media, representing mainstream views, for the mainstream audience they’re trying to attract……….

  • You know, right wing conservatism isn’t the mainstream as it reflects the views of a minority group.

    Mainstream media is in the centre ground, as that’s what the majority of people believe.

    It’s like Buddhists crying anti-Buddhist conspiracy as not enough coverage of Buddhist issues is shown on prime time TV, in Texas.

  • Phil Crawford

    (Scene from The Matrix: the blue pill or the red pill)
    Morpheus: All I’m offering you is the truth Neo- that the Matrix (the obama media’s world illusion), that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.
    Neo: what truth?
    Morpheous: That you are a slave Neo. That Americans were once free and now, under direction from the NWO via Reuters, George soros and groups like Media Matters, Americans cannot be told what the Matrix is. You can only be shown .
    (enter – the blue pill and the red pill)
    If you take the blue pill(Blue= democrat/obama) the story ends and you wake up in bed and believe whatever you want to believe. If you take the Red pill (Republican) you see the obama wonderland as it really is and pursue the restoration of American freedom and independence, and fight the NWO social globalist conspiracy to restore our American sovereignty. Remember Neo, all I’m offering you as the truth.

  • Wolf Pederson

    Fox News is a cable only TV broadcaster that was started in 1994. Fox News is watched by only about 10% of the U.S.A. population (30 million people). It is only recently that cable has started reaching more homes.

    The Main-Stream-Media reaches and is watched by 100% of all homes (300 million people).

    CNN is owned by Time-Warner (Time-Warner owns 255 top magazines)
    NBC by Universal Studios
    CBS by Paramount Studios
    ABC by Disney Entertainment
    all 4 movie companies are controlled by labor unions that are headed by communist leaders – a fact that was established in 1948 by the U.S. Senate after Walt Disney complained that the unions started dictating the content of films. The U.S. Government passed a law prohibiting movie companies from owning news companies.

    Pro-Communists Bill Clinton and Democrat Senate & House removed the law in 1992 and within 6 months all news companies were acquired by movie companies. By 1999 all reporters were fired and replaced by card carrying communists. Since about 1999 Freedom of the Press has been replaced by a communist propaganda machine!

  • PromiseOfAmerica

    Thanks for standing up for the truth Pat.

  • BadFrog

    While the BBC relentlessly campaign for the liberal point of view, labeling anyone who objects to unfettered immigration, the relaxation of legislation to decriminalise trendy actions or increased overseas aid as a ‘racist’.

  • BadFrog

    As a Brit, how do you describe the BBC? The most left-wing of all the mainstream media in Britain?

  • Sandi

    EXCELLENT!!! Refreshing to hear the “truth” for a change. It’s getting harder and harder to find news or commentary sites that aren’t politically motivated. Thank you.

  • Dop73

    Fox News is the most popular news channel. They reported on this being a terrorist attack pretty much right away. As did NBC Nightly News.

    Maybe I’m more informed than most because I go to a diverse group of channels/websites (not just my favorites that support my world view). But the news has been saying that this was a terrorist attack for weeks now… weeks!

    And with Fox being the most popular, would that not make them mainstream? What defines mainstream other than popularity?

  • Dop73

    You’re off by quite a bit on Fox — it leads the way as the most watched TV news in the US

  • Jessy S.

    I agree that the Romney organization is well-run. However, when you get a situation where the campaign has to “swim against the current,” it seems that the Romney campaign is in major trouble and is an organization that is close to collapse.

    The parallels to the 1980 campaign are so uncanny that it is hard to not believe that the media is doing what they are doing. For example, there are so many uncanny similarities between Jimmy Carter’s 1980 convention speech and Obama’s 2012 speech and Rush Limbaugh pointed them out. Then we have massive foreign policy troubles to the point that Iran is in the middle of things. Finally, the economy is in so much of a shambles that it calls for a new President.

    In fact, one could argue that this is a replay of the period between 1968-1980. Both Nixon and Bush 43 achieved narrow victories in the electoral college in their election and followed them up with stunning victories in their next election campaign. This was followed by a rising star in the Democratic Party getting into the White House only to lose control of everything in their reelection year. It was Carter in 1976 and Obama in 2008. The only thing we are missing is the knockout blow in the debates followed by the landslide victory, Reagan in 1980 and Romney in 2012.

  • bluiz1955

    Pull a copy of Edmond O’Brien’s (as Dutton Peabody) speech from “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” When the Character of Dutton Peabody(Newspaperman) is nominated for delegate to the territorial convention. This is how the press should be. ALWAYS.

    Dutton Peabody: No, no, no, you don’t. No. I’m a newspaperman not a politician. Politicians are my meat. I build ’em up. I tear ’em down. But I, I wouldn’t be one. I couldn’t. It’d, it’d destroy me. Gimme a drink.
    Tom Donophon: The bar is closed.
    Peabody: Good people of Shinbone, I, I, I’m your conscience. I’m the still small voice that thunders in the night. I’m your watchdog that howls against the wolves. I’m, I’m your father confessor. I, I, I’m, what else am I?

  • Carney3

    At least twice as many Americans call themselves conservative as liberal. On issue after issue (immigration, crime, welfare, bigger vs smaller government, Gitmo, tough interrogation, school prayer, gay “marriage”, taxes, official English, etc etc), the conservative side crushes the liberal side in polling.

  • Carney3

    On cable. Not on broadcast. Fox is a big fish in the small pond of cable. But broadcast is and always has been where the real numbers are

  • Carney3

    The problem with Caddell’s suggestion, and I appreciate his apparently positive motivations, is that a Republican talking about the media bias against him sounds like a whiner and a loser, no matter how true, urgent and unfair that reality is.
    After all, we wouldn’t be so concerned about this if Romney had been up by 5-10 points all month. We’d shrug off the press bias.

  • Alexicon

    Forgive me, but I must be blunt with you, British Guest above.

    The reason you find this comical and hold the views you do about the American electorate is precisely because you are British. Having grown up in the Commonwealth myself (Canada), I speak from personal experience.

    You’ve been steeped in progressivism for however long you’ve resided in Great Britain, and if you immigrated to the U.S. at some point, you have continued to be steeped in it UNLESS you’ve committed to immersing yourself in conservative thought all the time (which is virtually impossible, by the way). This pervasive progressive influence wraps shackles around one’s free thought. These shackles remain unless one examines one’s entire life – morality, values, education, culture- and does so honestly and completely.

    Such an honest review may prove too painful to complete, but if you do stick with it, it will result in a genuine existential crisis. It requires great courage to face up to the fact that virtually all (if not completely all) of the decades of data that has shaped you from birth has been filtered through a leftist lens. To become a true individual, capable of free and honest thought, that existential crisis must be dealt with head on, until you come out the other side free from bias.

    You may still lean left politically, but at least it’s no longer because that’s all you’ve ever known. Rather, it’s because you’ve seriously weighed the issues on the merits, not the propaganda of academia, the political class, and/or Hollywood.

    It’s also called growing up and becoming an adult.

    God bless my adoptive homeland, the U.S.A., truly the home of the free.
    – A.

  • mphl

    I was staring to thing it was just me. Thank you Pat for the truth. This charade has been going on for to long. People wake up!

  • stonehillady

    The American Media is & has dumbed down the American People since the murder of JFK. It is the mouthpiece of the International Corporations that fund it & it protects the Government instead of exposing it.
    They are the number one reason we going down & FOX News is the warmongering Neo-Con Fascist side & all the rest are pushing for a Marxist Society & NONE of them discuss about what is happening in the rest of world & none of them give opposing views, like Iranians or Palestinians Views. It is our Media that has demoralized us with their trailor-park hollywood world of violence, lust & greed. The media is why the rest of the world calls us “The Ugly American” our Media is so irresponsible & many are just tuning it out because the internet has all the truth & internet Radio has taken off by storm.

  • stonehillady

    Look who sponsors the Media, look at the commercials, Drug Companies, Industrial Military Complex, GMO Big agra-foods Corporations, all to push their agenda. A commercial every 5 minutes, how can you have anything but, sound bits, bits & pieces, no dialogue, short circuit the viewers, NO opposing views especially on Foreign Affairs, the boogeyman Syndrome is NEVER debated because they are told to cover up 9/11, ask NO questions….NEVER exposes or investigates anything about what our government is doing. That is why thier viewership is SOOOO Low, all the major networks together don’t even have 12 million viewers on a given day. God forbid, they have on professionals that say the Government’s explaination of how the WTC buildings fell is absolutely impossible & has no scientific truth to it. ?????? This is why our nation is falling apart, our Media thinks we all live in Disneyland.

  • stonehillady

    Mr. Pat Cardell, the Republicans haven’t put out a decent candidate because the Elite’s that really run this country have choosen Obam. McCain & Romney were thrown out there to LOSE….. Millions of Americans feel that with this NWO agenda that Obama being mulatto can & will bring in the Martial Law needed to pull-off the Elites transformation from a republic to a dictatorship & the Republicans infiltrated with warmongering Neo-Cons & the Democratics infiltrated with communist we are going to have a Fascist run Marxist State. Many also feel that we will have Martial Law due to a combination of a financial collapse with a preplanned Cyber attack on the banking System blamed by the Iranians so we can have a war, go thru Martial Law, have foreign troops on our soil, then impliment this NWO.

  • lazer73

    I dont use the term main stream media. Rather I use the state media which includes Fox and is leaning more and more progressive. Their list of untouchable subjects is so lengthy and virtually every interview now has to include some numb nuts from the left like Juan Williams. No matter what the left personality will apologize for whatever Obama does or justify Barry. Cant mention natural born citizen, cant mention social security card, cant mention selective service card, cant mention Arpaios investigation or cover the merits of it or demerits. No surprise now when the state press fails Israel, the middle east, our slain ambassador and our country. Obama and his administration should be being grilled on a daily basis. Yet we have to rely on Univision and a few talk radio types to be journalists. KHOW Peter Boyles, Michael Savage who is now interestingly off the air, Roger Hedgecock. Virtually everyone else in the media censor the news. The world is burning or will be burning soon and Oreilly plays his trivia game. Watch Gilberts and DeSouzas films. Dont watch television news is my suggestion. Stop buying newspapers who censor the news. I canceled my subscription because of the censorship. If you disagree fine thats your right, but realize none of the above listed subjects have been covered by the state media.

  • winoceros

    Don’t know where you get the facts. Even the skewed polls show a 2:1 conservative:liberal self-reporting ratio. My Lord, just because the majority of people believe something doesn’t make it the center. That’s like saying if you had to vote between Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton and Barack Obama you’d be a centrist because you’d vote for Bill. You’re missing Caddell’s point. It’s what you’re shown and choose to absorb that forms the basis for these beliefs or “truths.” Nobody is asking for “conservative” news. We are asking for challenges to be given to liars, hypocrites and corrupticrats of all stripes. What a facile way of looking at the world!

  • winoceros

    My new hero. And how we need them. His magic year of 1980 being the last year the press were challenging and fighting manipulation is also indicative that the revolutionaries of the sixties, realizing that the sit-ins weren’t going to topple the government, went to work for it. The universities weren’t going to give them all they wanted, so they took over the faculties. And the press needed to stop noticing their treasonous activities, so they went to work for that, too.

  • Dan Austin

    This is all true. The scariest part is that it is indeed working, Record debt, record unemployment, and lies won’t keep Obama from winning.
    The press is to blame in large part, but ultimately it is the indifference and ignorance of the voters. If Obama gets re-elected because he gives out ‘Obamaphones’, legitimizes illegals, and hands out food stamps, then perhaps the voters deserve what they get when the keep Obama in power.
    There is no reason to believe that just because the US was a great nation that it will continue to be.

  • thmcbb

    For you who are not old enough to remember Pat Caddell is a throw back to a time when liberal democrats were honest and loved this country .Others that come to mind are Truman,JFK,Scoop Jackson,Humphrey,Pat Moynihan and others.Yes they were liberals but unlike todays breed they were not socialist/Marxist.I did not agree with most of there polices back then .but i did respect them .

  • Eric Blair

    Bernie Goldberg found out what “alone” means when he dared expose the media conspiracy…no one from the ranks of press operatives had the character to support him…not even a little. The destruction of the US will not come from a foreign power… will come from the American Liberal.

  • I apologize for not understanding the mechanical limitations of the posting process !!!

  • Date: October 3, 2012

    I’ve seen (on Fox News) clips of Mr. Caddell’s
    impassioned presentation at the 9/21 Accuracy in Media event and I audited the
    remarks of himself and Doug Schoen circa 2:30pm on Megyn Kelly’s Oct 1 “Alive
    with Fox News” program.

    Mr. Cadell’s passionate concern for the
    shortcomings of the press with respect to the treatment of Barack Obama greatly
    gratified me; However, I was at the same time greatly saddened that he was unable
    to give any notice to the conspicuous absence of press attention related to the
    Arpaio Cold Case Posse press conference of last July 17. (I’m well and painfully aware of the Fox News
    Suppression of the Obama eligibility issue.)

    I view such comprehensive muzzling of the
    general print and TV press as one of the most scary threats to our nation’s
    welfare. I have to wonder how such muzzling of the American press was accomplished??”

    I’m also well and painfully aware that I’ve
    heard of nothing from the Republican leadership (including Romney) of the eligibility
    issue. Has the Republican leadership
    been fecklessly muzzled too or is it just that the press doesn’t report its treatment?

  • M. Hurls

    Boycott the liberal media and their advertisers for all their lies!

  • Pat4Prez

    Pat, I thank God for you speaking the truth!

  • NOBO2012

    But sadly it will be too late for America. The lies and deception by the liberal media will catapult BO into the White House for another 4 years. And the “stupids” in this country who just aren’t interested in the “truth” about BO will be responsible for the demise of America.

  • freethinker

    Thank you