American Elephants

The Media Are Not Fulfilling Their Appointed Role. by The Elephant's Child

Pat Caddell , speaking to Accuracy in Media Conference (AIM). He is a former Democrat pollster and analyst, Jimmy Carter’s pollster

In recent remarks to an AIM conference, “ObamaNation: A Day of Truth,” 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 lied about for nine days, because the press and the administration did not want to admit it was a terrorist attack.

“We’ve had nine days 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.”


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So conservatives do not like the free markets of media?

Conservatives eliminate the fairness doctrine and are now whining about media bias when they themselves self-indoctrinate at fair and balanced Fox News and right wing media.

Sure is funny how we cannot see in ourselves that which we see in others. It is a human failing which our founding fathers were very astute in understanding. It is the reason they gave us the system that we have, a system that the minority out of power is always trying to change to gain an advantage.


Comment by Mark Baird

Free markets of media? The fairness doctrine? Actually, people who study media as a political phenomenon have found Fox News to be the most balanced out there. True. You might do some serious comparison of coverage on serious subjects on your own. See what various news outlets have to say about the Benghazi attack and government reaction, for example. See what various outlets are saying about our probable decline into another recession in the immediate future. Or how about Obama’s trying to hide the sequestration’s coming job losses — until after the election. Check it out for yourself, don’t just parrot what you have heard.


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