Wicked Commentary

Democratic strategist and former pollster Pat Caddell at an Accuracy in Media conference gave a scalding speech which the media needed to hear.  I have inserted excerpts below of some of the finer pieces of his speech.  Each paragraph is an excerpt from his speech.  I give Pat a two thumbs up for having this kind of courage and character.

PAT CADDELL: 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.

CADDELL: 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. […]

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. 

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. […]

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.  […]

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.  


Comments on: "Bravo to Pat Caddel For The Truth" (15)

  1. Great post, St. Gracie!
    I actually heard him saying this, and sat there gob smacked. Is there really a Demoncrat with more then two functioning brain cells who can actually see what’s going on and speak up. How much you want to bet that this will not be seen in any of the so called MSM? I’ll put up a bridge I just happen to have for sale.


    • Thanks Lucie!

      Yeah, it’s a real gob smack for sure. Pat Caddel has been pretty open about how he thinks about the Alinsky party for the past several years and I think it’s come down to him just not being able to stand it much longer. He’s a pretty honest guy so this kind of media fraud and manipulation has been weighing on his mind.

      Of course this will never be seen by the MSM. They are all accomplices with the Occupier’s re-election and will do nothing but cover for everyone of his crimes.


  2. Outstanding post Pepp! I’ve not been blind to the fact the laimstream media is in the tank for the radicals and that they’ve never been so bias as they are with The Fraud, but Caddel put it in terms that have never crossed my mind. It may be because I despise the media so much due to they’ve been in the tank for the radicals for so long I missed the overall big pic.

    Caddel really nailed what is at stake with our lousy ass media; our freedom. I’ve always viewed the media as a real pain in the ass, but I now realize that is exactly what they are suppose to be. They’re suppose to keep everyone on their toes, but they now only keep our side (Republic and constitution lovers) constantly dancing from the bullets they shoot at us. A one sided media is worse than having no media at all. Kudos to Caddel for his great analysis of exactly what is at stake!


    • Dave,

      Thanks.. First I saw Pat say some of this on Hannity I believe, then I found excerpts of the whole speech he gave. My immediate thought was I hope he doesn’t suddenly drop dead like Breitbart.

      He’s being a very brave man to point out how dangerous the MSM has become. But, I think he shares our values and does not want to see our country taken from us.


      • Pepp,

        Honestly; I believe MSM is the least of our worries when it comes to mainstream media outlets. Their viewing audience is so small, because of their lying reputation not even lib’s like watching them much anymore. I see CNN and NBC being the two largest threats. They both (especially NBC) still have such a large viewing audience and so many still perceive them as legitimate news outlets.

        MRC put out some articles after both conventions were completed and showed ABC and CBS allocating almost identical viewing times for both conventions. However; NBC showed tremendous bias in how much more of the DNC convention they aired over the RNC convention. To me; NBC is MSM’s big brother that still have so many people fooled.

        A big hat tip to Caddel for his honesty and bravery! Apparently a man of true character.


  3. Gray Ghost (Mississippi) said:

    Even the Democraps are admitting that after 3-1/2 years of the O’Vomit administration’s criminal acts and mistakes, the Main Stream Media is a partner in what history will call the worst president this country ever elected. Perhaps after O’Vomit loses in November, Conservatives can start criminal investigations into the actions of the news media. I for one would love to see idiots like Sissy Matthews try to explain why O’Vomit was not properly vetted by the MSM.


    • Gray Ghost,

      Yeah, there has been a whole list of Alinsky party people unwilling to even be seen with him any longer. That spells big trouble in Cesspool City.

      I’d like to see him go down in a landslide which I think may very well happen. My next article explains the phony polls.

      Oh would I ever love to see Sissy PuffBall go down in flames and his cohorts who to this day have never reported a thing about Fast and Furious or Solyndra so in the tank they are for this criminal.


  4. We saw Pat last night on FOX. My husband said it is sad that most people won’t hear this. He said that there probably weren’t 20 people in our county that ever tune in to FOX. Unfortunately, he is right. People get their ‘News’ in 30 second sound bites from the CBS evening news or one of their counterparts in the MSM while they are wrangling kids, cooking dinner, etc., then they sit down and watch a few sit coms, maybe a night time soap opera. When 10PM rolls around they may hear a few blurbs on the local news. After the kids are tucked in they might lay in bed and watch Leno or Letterman. Most people know something is wrong but they have no idea just how wrong…..


    • FOH,

      Well let me give you some positive news here and just how many people are watching Fox news programs:
      FNC 1,272,000 298,000 563,000
      25-54 (000s)viewers 35-64 (000s)viewers

      Prime time Shows
      FNC 2,219,000 388,000 823,000

      Every one of Fox’s prime time from 5pm to 11pm are the most watched during that time period.

      All of the Fox news shows rate higher than any other cable news channel. So lots of people are watching and getting their news from Fox.

      Lou Dobbs who has a show at 7pm on the Fox Business Channel FBN, is a leading show on that spot. And Lou does not waste words and reports on stories that are never touched by anyone.

      So tell your husband there are far more than 20 people tuning into Fox every night for their news. What a surprise eh?


      • Oh we know that a lot of folks do, he was referring to people who live in our county mainly.

        On Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 9:54 AM, pepperhawkfarm wrote:

        > ** > pepperhawk commented: “FOH, Well let me give you some positive news > here and just how many people are watching Fox news programs: FNC 1,272,000 > 298,000 563,000 25-54 (000s)viewers 35-64 (000s)viewers Prime time Shows > FNC 2,219,0”


        • FOH, LOL! People who live in this country. You’re being very naughty this morning. Whoops I just remembered I have sheets in the washer and need to put them in the dryer. I hope I get them put away this time. 😀


  5. Wow, is he dead on the head. Forget “press” we just call them what they are, the “communications arm” or the media arm of the White House, nothing more.


  6. This is a great post, Pepp. I hope you don’t mind if I put this on my FB wall. Thank you!


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