"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."
So said Democratic strategist and pollster Pat Caddell at an Accuracy in Media conference earlier this month
PAT CADDELL: 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. 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.
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.
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.
Although I agree ENTIRELY with his assessment, let's just make sure you understand one thing.
Pat is now as much a democrat as Dick Morris......lol
And we know who Dick Morris used to work for and protected........but now he is a Republican attack dog.
All I can say is, if twenty US Embassies were "under attack", the honorable opposition hasn't said very much about it either. It just gives my nuclear option that much more credence. Are we going to spend all the rest of our dime on the 1971 dollar bombing the Flintstones back into the Stone Age one grenade at a time, or are we going to send the right message under a mushroom cloud? When are we going to do that?
By the way.Ya got the enemy wrong. Ya keep confusing the Phiistines with the Flinstones. The Flintstones are the moderates.
Second, the opposition doesn't have to say anything.
Just like Carter and then Reagan. Iran Embassy Crisis. 444 days and a botched rescue attempt.
January 20,1981, one FREAK'N DAY after Reagan took office, the hostages were released without A WORD!
Wonder why? You already know how that works.