That question was answered in the affirmative by a Democrat, Patrick Caddell. Caddell has been a pollster for Jimmy Carter, Gary Hart, Joe Biden, and others. He is also a contributor at Fox News. Caddell raised this question on September 21 at Accuracy in Media’s Conference —Obamanation: A Day of Truth . Fox News has published Mr. Caddell’s entire speech at the Accuracy in Media conference. It is long and, in my opinion, it is the most honest description of media today that I have seen. This speech should be a must read for all conservatives. Mr. Caddell believes that the media has become a threat to America’s future. This was how he opened his speech:
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.
He is right, isn’t he? When Democrats and Republicans all hate the press, you know the press is doing its job. Caddell traces the change back to 1980. He laments in particular how many so-called journalist have come from backgrounds in politics or are married to people in politics.
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.
Caddell goes on to focus on the behavior of the press during this Obama administration. He names names and cites examples. He is less than impressed with the White House Press Corps today.
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.
He spends a lot of time talking about the biased reporting of the last few weeks on the events in Libya as well as the biased poll results that are being pushed. Caddell claims that the old addage of “don’t get in a pissing contest with the press because you will lose” no longer applies. The media have taken sides. As a result, the voters are being misled. They are not hearing the truth. The media have become the enemy of the people and Caddell thinks it is time that Romney or his campaign made sure the voters know how they are being misled. He has some advise for Nr. Romney:
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. (Bold added)
Folks, I am in full agreement with Patrick Caddell. The media have become the enemy of the people. They are hell-bent on making this election turn out the way they want it to turn out. They are doing everything in their power to tear down Romney and prop up Obama. Lying and/or covering up the truth has become their modus operandi. It is time for Mitt to take off the mittens and let the public know how the media is trying to manipulate them.
We don’t know if this country can survive a Romney administration. The fiscal and monetary problems that weigh on this world may be insurmountable. However, we do know this country can not survive another four years of the Obama administration.
Well, now you know what I’m thinking. What are tour thoughts?