Sept. 2012 article:
9/27/2012, "Pat Caddell Says: Media Have Become “Enemy of the American People”," Roger Aronoff, AIM
"In remarks to the AIM conference...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
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 and A below, or watch along with a transcript here." "The Audacity of corruption."
More Pat Caddell from 9/21/2012 transcript referenced above:
(Pat Caddell): "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."...
9/21/2012, "“The Audacity of Corruption,” Transcript, Accuracy in Media Conference, Speaker: Pat Caddell
From Caddell transcript: "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....
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
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.
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
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....
There is no doubt that Romney is blowing an election he could not lose, and has done everything he can to lose it....
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....
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."...
From Q and A:
"CADDELL: The corruption in this town is so great. Everybody in
Washington seems to almost be on the take....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....
AUDIENCE MEMBER 4: Thank you....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...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
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....
(Caddell): 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
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
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."...
"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."
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Media Have Become “Enemy of the American People,” says former Democrat pollster Pat Caddell, 9/21/2012. On 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." Yet, "they have now made the decision they will control the political process." Says Romney in 2012 should've said, 'I'm running against the media which will not tell you the truth'-Sept. 21, 2012
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