Appearing on Fox News Channel with Megyn Kelly, former Democratic pollster Patrick Caddell continued his harsh tirade against the mainstream media for being derelict in its duty to serve as a watchdog for the American people and refusing to cover stories that may hurt President Obama’s re-election chances.
“We’ve never had a situation where the press has purposefully decided to pick up a narrative from the White House to not tell people things that happened in order to support their overwhelming candidate for president, Barack Obama,” he said.
Caddell also blasted President Obama for campaigning in Las Vegas after U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed in a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, saying even former President Jimmy Carter, who he worked under, refused to campaign during national security threats during the 1980 election, most notably the Iranian hostage crisis.
“This isn’t about partisanship, this is about danger,” he added. “The reason the First Amendment exists without any checks and balances on the media is because they are supposed to protect the people, that is the implicit bargain.”
Instead, Caddell compared the U.S. media to “Pravda,” a state-controlled newspaper that was owned by the Soviet Union. He noted that outlets like the New York Times refused to seriously discuss the implications after the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya and then ignored the fact that 20 more U.S. embassies were under assault during the aftermath.
“Why isn’t the press saying anything?” he asked. “Because if they did it would ruin the narrative they have.”
In recent remarks at a Accuracy in Media (AIM) conference, 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.”
He also said the media has become an “enemy of the American people,” arrogantly deciding what information Americans have a right to know.
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