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Former Dem Strategist Rebukes Media on 'O'Reilly Factor': 'A Purposeful...Effort to Suppress News That Might Hurt Obama


"...a press that has decided that it will not tell the American people the truth..."

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Former Democratic pollster Pat Caddell is angry with the mainstream media over what he sees as a bias so blatant that it is very literally threatening the democratic process. In an interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly on Monday night, he called the media out over its coverage of Obama and the recent attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya.

Here's what Caddell told O'Reilly about the media's alleged complicity with the Obama administration's agenda:

"Whether its organized or a straight conspiracy -- everybody's in on it and they're all doing it...It's a purposeful, conscious effort to suppress news that might hurt Obama. And we have gone down a slippery slope here. Look Bill, we’ve had liberal bias or bias in the press for a long time, for many years. But it’s gotten worse starting in 2008.

But now we’ve got a press that is actively engaged in a reelection – putting out a narrative that Romney is a loser, they’re running polls…But Romney’s not my issue here. More importantly they not only decided to support Obama. On this issue the last two weeks what we see is a press that has decided that it will not tell the American people the truth...now telling the people what truth they may know and what truth they may not know."

Watch these comments, below:

This is reflective of the same sentiments that Caddell delivered in an interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly on Monday about the anti-American violence that unfolded in Libya. As previously reported, Caddell took aim at the media and blasted President Obama for campaigning in Las Vegas after U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed in a terrorist attack in Benghazi.

The commentator said that 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.

Watch the Kelly interview, below:

These comments, though, are nothing new from Caddell. During a September 21 Accuracy in Media event, he also proclaimed, "We are at the most dangerous time in our political history in terms of the balance of power in the role of that the media plays in whether we maintain a free democracy or not."

Here are some of the other comments he made about Obama, the media and Libya during that address:

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.  [...]

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 days 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. [...]

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, and I choose right now, openly, and this is—if I had more time I’d do all the names for it—but The New York TimesThe 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.”

Watch the AIM speech, below:

Caddell has continued to advance his views on the media and the Obama administration's handling of the crisis. Considering the American public's record level of distrust for mainstream media, he'll likely have a sympathetic ear among the masses.

(H/T: Gateway Pundit)



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