Pat Caddell: Let’s face it, media bias has reached a new level of corruption

posted at 8:41 pm on October 1, 2012 by Allahpundit

A rejoinder to today’s David Carr piece wondering why righties worry about the near-entirety of “nonpartisan” media covering for Obama’s failures when we have Rush Limbaugh and Fox News on our side. Real simple: Because millions of voters, especially those in the middle who tend to decide elections, don’t have the time or interest in politics to seek out overtly partisan news sources. They take what’s fed to them by major news brands (network news, top papers), virtually all of which profess objectivity. For all the grumbling we do here about MSNBC, a two-minute segment on the NBC Nightly News that pays more attention to Romney’s “gaffes” than to security failures at the Benghazi consulate probably does more damage to Republican chances — not to mention American national security — than an hour of Chris Matthews ranting about whatever. And for all our complaints about how a particular story is unfairly harsh to Romney, by far the more damaging bias, I think, is when the coverage is unduly disinterested in serious errors made by Obama. Walter Russell Mead makes the point with an especially glaring example:

If George W. Bush were president now, and had ordered the surge and was responsible for the strategic decisions taken and not taken in Afghanistan over the last four years, the mainstream press would be rubbing our noses in his miserable failures and inexcusable blunders 24/7. The New York Times and the Washington Post would be treating us to pictures of every fallen soldier. The PBS Newshour would feature nightly post-mortems on “America’s failed strategies in the Afghan War” and every arm-chair strategist in America would be filling the op-ed pages with the brilliant 20/20 hindsight ideas that our pathetic, clueless, failed president was too dumb and too cocky to have had.

There would be no end to the woes and the recriminations. There would be the most moving and eloquent examples of hand wringing in the New York Review of Books, elegantly demonstrating that the cretinous assumptions and moral failings that led Bush into his failed Afghan policy weren’t his alone, but reflected broader, deeper failings in America itself. One is almost sorry for the sake of the authors of these diatribes that Bush is gone; the failure of our Afghan strategy is so sweeping, so unavoidable, that it would be the best possible backdrop against which to paint a stirring portrait of a failed president misleading a flawed people. What works of polemical literature have been lost, what inspired jeremiads will never be penned, what scalding portraits of America’s inherent flaws will never see the light of day because W left the White House too soon.

He’s indicting the press twice there: Once for not being hard enough on O in matters of war and again for being overly hard on W, but both failings are explained by the same impulse. Same goes for Caddell’s point in the clip about Obama merrily jetting off to Vegas for a fundraiser the day after Chris Stevens was murdered in Benghazi. Under a Republican president, that’s worth three days of bloody-shirt waving in the press; under Obama, it’s five minutes of chin-pulling.

I think Joel Pollak is onto something in arguing that the media’s taken to treating Romney as the de facto incumbent, although I can’t decide if that’s something they’re doing consciously or by instinct. My hunch is that, for some of them, it’s less a deliberate strategy to put Romney on the defensive than it is a habit they’re falling into because they’re itching to return to adversarial/watchdog duty. Their partisan leanings have made that too difficult for four years, but now they’ve got a person on the other side who’s close to winning the presidency to whom they can speak “truth.” So President Romney’s statement the morning after the embassy attack is a Very Big Deal with Very Serious Implications for the race, but Obama blowing town to raise some money in Vegas later that night is “curious” or whatever. Rest assured, if Romney wins, Afghanistan will once again be a matter of pressing national interest subject to “grim milestone” watches on the news rather than the very minor foreign-policy subplot that it’s become. In fact, I doubt most members of the media would deny that. One thing I’ve noticed as media watchdogging has exploded online is that they’re much more open about admitting which way the press, as a whole, leans. There are too many examples of it to deny it, so why bother denying it? They’ll cop to it in the aggregate, so long as their own personal integrity isn’t questioned. Now if only they’d do something about it.



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No kidding.

Lanceman on October 1, 2012 at 8:43 PM

No argument here..

Electrongod on October 1, 2012 at 8:43 PM

I’m glad you’re showcasing this, Allah, it really needs to get out there. WR Mead’s column was stellar and Patty C’s rant was epic.

ted c on October 1, 2012 at 8:44 PM

*WAR*

– Andrew Breitbart

idesign on October 1, 2012 at 8:45 PM

The corrupt media are putting our nation at grave risk.

GaltBlvnAtty on October 1, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Caddell has been a washed up hack since the early 80s. Hard living and bad polling wrecked his career. Unable to earn a living through his profession, he peddles his a** as the political equivalent of Stepn Fetchit, sucking up to his GOP masters and betraying what few ideals he might once have had for a few dimes. Sad, really.

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Put Them Out Of Business. Don’t watch, read or partake in any of their parent company luxuries. Learn to live without their trinkets and toys and go buy from companies that are conservative.

astonerii on October 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Reduce media bias by watching debates and speeches on http://www.CSPAN.org.

CSPAN allows you to hear directly from the candidates without the noise of biased media commentators.

Talk to your friends and family about media bias, so they will be better able to recognize it when they see it.

wren on October 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

What if Bush….
Got a call from the Governor of Louisiana…
Asking Bush for some help about an impending storm…
But Bush never answered the call and ran off to Vegas..

Heads would have rolled…

But instead..

We have Obama ignoring a Government’s warning and running off to Vegas..

Electrongod on October 1, 2012 at 8:49 PM

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

They can all be apologist like you. Some are honest.

Bmore on October 1, 2012 at 8:50 PM

The DLSM will not change

Scrumpy on October 1, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Doug Schoen believes the same as Pat Caddell…

d1carter on October 1, 2012 at 8:51 PM

can=can’t, something you should be familiar with.

Bmore on October 1, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Uh oh. Gumbyandstupid the fiscal and social con says don’t attack the polls!

wargamer6 on October 1, 2012 at 8:53 PM

The last time the world saw such a one sided propaganda machine it did not end well…

d1carter on October 1, 2012 at 8:54 PM

and betraying what few ideals he might once have had for a few dimes. Sad, really.

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Given the subject matter, its really surprising to read you drooling about ideals, schmuck.

News reporting is not intended to be based on ideals, but on the facts.

underground on October 1, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Uh oh. Gumbyandstupid the fiscal and social con says don’t attack the polls!

wargamer6 on October 1, 2012 at 8:53 PM

I know where this post should have been..:)

Electrongod on October 1, 2012 at 8:55 PM

betraying what few ideals he might once have had for a few dimes. Sad, really.

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

…yep!…you would know!

KOOLAID2 on October 1, 2012 at 8:55 PM

The Pat Caddell video should be paired with this one of Kristen Powers; both center-Left responsible Americans making essentially the same point that MSM corruption has reached the point of dangerousness, not to Republicans, but to this country. In the video, an excerpt from Fox News Special Report Online, Powers states that “the media is…possibly complicit in another terrorist attack against the United States…”

BCrago66 on October 1, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Caddell has been a washed up hack since the early 80s. Hard living and bad polling wrecked his career. Unable to earn a living through his profession, he peddles his a** as the political equivalent of Stepn Fetchit, sucking up to his GOP masters and betraying what few ideals he might once have had for a few dimes. Sad, really.

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

So the Lean Stream Media is not corrupt and
is not a propaganda arm of Hussein ?

burrata on October 1, 2012 at 8:56 PM

This cant be true…

the_nile on October 1, 2012 at 8:56 PM

I’m actually beginning to like this guy Caddell.

OTTO on October 1, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Heh, KOOLAID2, great minds and all that…

underground on October 1, 2012 at 8:56 PM

and betraying what few ideals he might once have had for a few dimes. Sad, really.

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

You wanna talk ideals? Really? A few weeks after the wymyns rights party cheered Bill Clinon?

Valkyriepundit on October 1, 2012 at 8:56 PM

We’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore….

jaywemm on October 1, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Pat Caddell: Let’s face it, media bias has reached a new level of corruption

Welcome to the party Pal… Some of us have been beating this drum for the last 6 years or more. Nice of you to finally wake up and say something.

SWalker on October 1, 2012 at 8:57 PM

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Can’t argue with the facts of the message, then smear the messenger.

Go ESAD parasite, and do it quickly.

Thomas More on October 1, 2012 at 8:58 PM

They can all be apologist like you. Some are honest.

Bmore on October 1, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Caddell? The guy who stole the Neil Kinnock line and wrote it into the speech that killed Biden’s ’88 campaign? Honest?

No one’s ever accused him of that.

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 8:58 PM

that was a great segment summarizing how I’ve felt about all of this. You won’t convince liberals that this is a reason to turn on Obama, but independents will.

Donald Draper on October 1, 2012 at 8:58 PM

On top of the news, how many votes does SNL/Letterboy/Lenno et al cost us?

slickwillie2001 on October 1, 2012 at 8:59 PM

My hunch is that, for some of them, it’s less a deliberate strategy to put Romney on the defensive than it is a habit they’re falling into because they’re itching to return to adversarial/watchdog duty

Watchdog duty? They have become neutered little lapdogs who don’t remember anything but lapping up Obama’s BS.

Jvette on October 1, 2012 at 8:59 PM

SWalker on October 1, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Good evening, I commented some more to you on the Ryan thread, if you are interested :-)

Scrumpy on October 1, 2012 at 9:00 PM

underground on October 1, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Don’t confuse the child. You’ve given it two opposing terms to parse – it will throw another tantrum.

OldEnglish on October 1, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Same goes for Caddell’s point in the clip about Obama merrily jetting off to Vegas for a fundraiser the day after Chris Stevens was murdered in Benghazi. Under a Republican president, that’s worth three days of bloody-shirt waving in the press; under Obama, it’s five minutes of chin-pulling.

tell me when they begin the chin pulling…..

ted c on October 1, 2012 at 9:01 PM

The MSM IS the enemy and will do anything to get Obama re-elected. They are Obama’s right arm and Romney should have done everything possible to neuter them.

The American voter is woefully politically illiterate and most will take whatever the MSM says as gospel truth. Romney is very short-sighted in not viewing the MSM as a serious threat.

Sparky5253 on October 1, 2012 at 9:01 PM

How do we break up a propaganda machine? It obviously won’t fix itself.

ted c on October 1, 2012 at 9:03 PM

OldEnglish, no worries…

underground on October 1, 2012 at 9:03 PM

the thing is that this goes beyond the nightly news and the morning news shows.

ted c on October 1, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Caddell seems genuinely upset about this.

Mord on October 1, 2012 at 9:03 PM

As president of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Obama should be Embarrassed.

fistbump on October 1, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Media bias is dead. Viva la Media Corruption!

faraway on October 1, 2012 at 9:04 PM

the alphabets are entertainment industries as well. That is a major forum for them to disseminate their drivel via different context. SNL, Letterman, and stupid shows such as Modern Family serve similar purposes as their news programming. Say it ain’t so, but it’s the truth.

ted c on October 1, 2012 at 9:05 PM

ted c on October 1, 2012 at 9:03 PM

That! Is the question of the year! How indeed…

Been puzzling over that one myself, I don’t buy papers nor do I watch ABC/CBS/NBC/MSNBC don’t know what else to do but write lettters to them which I am sure are filed under 13!

Scrumpy on October 1, 2012 at 9:05 PM

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Am I prescient, or what!

OldEnglish on October 1, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Can’t argue with the facts of the message, then smear the messenger.

Thomas More on October 1, 2012 at 8:58 PM

You just explained the long-running conservative attitude towards the media. When confronted with unpleasant facts, you whine about the New York Times.

Caddell is like every other talking head — he says what he’s paid to say. Pretending that, because he was a Democrat a quarter century ago, he’s somehow a Democrat now (as oppsed to talking head for hire) is delusion.

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 9:07 PM

A rejoinder to today’s David Carr piece

Carr was a dickwad when he helmed the TCReader, the “alternative” weekly in the Twin Cities. He was a crappy editor and has followed his bliss to become a crappy “writer” with he NYT.

At least we got him out of the state…

Bruno Strozek on October 1, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Caddell? The guy who stole the Neil Kinnock line and wrote it into the speech that killed Biden’s ’88 campaign? Honest?

No one’s ever accused him of that.

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 8:58 PM

So Caddell stole the Neil Kinnock line and wrote it into Biden’s speech ? Can you give us the number of that website so we can check it out ?

burrata on October 1, 2012 at 9:07 PM

SWalker on October 1, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Good evening, I commented some more to you on the Ryan thread, if you are interested :-)

Scrumpy on October 1, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Sorry, I was not and did not mean to imply you were a liberal, just that you were broadening the scope of the original discussion,which is a often used liberal tactic. I’m sure we will discuss the topic again in the future since it is a problem that is not going to be resolved easily or soon.

SWalker on October 1, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Once again, Pat is just about the sole intellectually honest liberal to dare take up the free pass Obama’s been getting from the media on Libya and F&F.

Dongemaharu on October 1, 2012 at 9:08 PM

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

OK, you’ve attacked the man. Now address his statements. What is untrue about what he has said? You know darned well what the press (NYT, CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, etc) would have said had George W Bush gone to a fund raiser the night the consulate was burning in Libya. You also know what the media narrative would have been had W gone to fund raisers and appeared on a talk show rather than meeting with world leaders when he had the opportunity. You know what they would have said had he gone to bed not knowing whether the ambassador was dead or alive. Reagan was excoriated for not being awakened when we splashed two Libyan MIGs, and that was when he went to bed without knowing that a confrontation would take place, not with full knowledge that one was in progress.

There is a reason that 60% of Americans have an unfavorable view of the media and don’t trust it.

Again, address the issue here, not attack the messenger.

AZfederalist on October 1, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Given the subject matter, its really surprising to read you drooling about ideals, schmuck.

News reporting is not intended to be based on ideals, but on the facts.

underground on October 1, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Caddell doesn’t even pretend to report news. He dipenses “analysis” on behalf of whoever pays him.

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Check out AceofSpades for another huge story no one is covering. Flaming Skull and everything.

RedRedRice on October 1, 2012 at 9:09 PM

SWalker on October 1, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Not a problem!! :-)I did waffle a little… :-(

Scrumpy on October 1, 2012 at 9:10 PM

The MSM IS the enemy and will do anything to get Obama re-elected. They are Obama’s right arm and Romney should have done everything possible to neuter them.

More like a journo centipede, sewn to his ass.

Romney is very short-sighted in not viewing the MSM as a serious threat.

Sparky5253 on October 1, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Yup, so far he looks lame. MSM should be a fully known enemy by now.

the_nile on October 1, 2012 at 9:11 PM

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Just like you!

wargamer6 on October 1, 2012 at 9:12 PM

AZfederalist on October 1, 2012 at 9:08 PM

I am so sick of the “if Bush had done it” argument. First, it’s whining. Second, it’s unprovable either way, so it’s a useless assertion. Third, Bush golfed and blathered his way though multiple disasters for the first six years of his presidency — can you imagine if a Obama was president during 9/11?

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Once again, Pat is just about the sole intellectually honest liberal to dare take up the free pass Obama’s been getting from the media on Libya and F&F.

Dongemaharu on October 1, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Pat made it extremely clear what his reasons for coming out against the press, and they aren’t because he believes that having a press in the democrat pocket is a bad thing. No Pat is afraid that a coming conservative swing in the general public will lead to “Conservatives” ruthlessly exposing the corruption and then enough liberals and independents deciding that free speech isn’t such a good idea after all that they vote to amend the constitution changing or limiting free speech.

SWalker on October 1, 2012 at 9:13 PM

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Yes. He’d be at a fundraiser on 9/12, just like this year.

wargamer6 on October 1, 2012 at 9:14 PM

The guy who stole the Neil Kinnock line and wrote it into the speech that killed Biden’s ’88 campaign?

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 8:58 PM

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!

That moron BiteMe killed whatever ‘chance’ he had by being born stupid.

He’s Delaware’s version of our Bill Nelson.

Lanceman on October 1, 2012 at 9:15 PM

can you imagine if a Obama was president during 9/11?

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 9:13 PM

He would blame a youtube video. Then call it a distraction.

the_nile on October 1, 2012 at 9:15 PM

The corruption and non-objective actions displayed in the news media over the last 10 years has been extremely depressing. There was little truth but just an agenda.. A corrupt agenda. Let’s get back to objectivity. Truth is the key.

Travis1 on October 1, 2012 at 9:16 PM

I am so sick of the “if Bush had done it” argument. First, it’s whining. Second, it’s unprovable either way, so it’s a useless assertion. Third, Bush golfed and blathered his way though multiple disasters for the first six years of his presidency — can you imagine if a Obama was president during 9/11?

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Translation: Quit calling me on my hypocritical double standards.

SWalker on October 1, 2012 at 9:16 PM

can you imagine if a Obama was president during 9/11?

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 9:13 PM

You are a complete fucking asshole.

Lanceman on October 1, 2012 at 9:16 PM

The fact is that the media has always been biased. The problem now is that the media has never been this fully 100% in the pocket of one political party, one political mind. During the term of impeached president Clinton CBS and ABC both went to hardcore leftist organizations. In the mid 2000s GE went to a hardcore leftist. Sony bought movie studios. None of those entities are even the slightest bit inclined to have the USA prosper.

We need to invade the TV media with our own stations it will be the only way the bias changes.

jukin3 on October 1, 2012 at 9:16 PM

The “dominant journalist culture” is completely in the bag for the same agenda that Obama is, and they are closer to achieving it than ever before.
It’s so close they can “taste it”, and they’ll be damned if they’re going to let some ‘truth’ get in the way or cause a set-back.

The ends justifies the means. Period.

listens2glenn on October 1, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Well, that one didn’t get past the censors.

Too bad.

Lanceman on October 1, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Troll tears. Gotta love em.

faraway on October 1, 2012 at 9:17 PM

the damage they have done is lasting

rob verdi on October 1, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Well, that one didn’t get past the censors.

Too bad.

Lanceman on October 1, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Creative editing, an art, learn you must young Padawan… ;p

SWalker on October 1, 2012 at 9:19 PM

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

mabelee on October 1, 2012 at 9:19 PM

can you imagine if a Obama was president during 9/11?

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 9:13 PM

.
They wouldn’t get reelected in 2004, whoever he or she was.

listens2glenn on October 1, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Caddell has been a washed up hack since the early 80s. Hard living and bad polling wrecked his career. Unable to earn a living through his profession, he peddles his a** as the political equivalent of Stepn Fetchit, sucking up to his GOP masters and betraying what few ideals he might once have had for a few dimes. Sad, really.

urbane effetist on October 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Wow, straight out of the starting gate with the Alinsky Shoot the Messenger sham?

Stepn Fetchit +

Del Dolemonte on October 1, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Pat made it extremely clear what his reasons for coming out against the press, and they aren’t because he believes that having a press in the democrat pocket is a bad thing. No Pat is afraid that a coming conservative swing in the general public will lead to “Conservatives” ruthlessly exposing the corruption and then enough liberals and independents deciding that free speech isn’t such a good idea after all that they vote to amend the constitution changing or limiting free speech.

SWalker on October 1, 2012 at 9:13 PM

? Wow, that’s more elaborate than I thought. I’m not sure I got this straight. So you’re saying that Pat is more concerned about the first amendment than media bias?

Dongemaharu on October 1, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Pat is one ugly man on the outside. However, for a liberal, he is one of the few beautiful liberals on the inside. He has my respect.

the new aesthetic on October 1, 2012 at 9:20 PM

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

mabelee on October 1, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Is this a dead tree on a dead world where their is no life at all? Because otherwise, yes, it makes a sound that every other living thing around it hears.

SWalker on October 1, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Caddell? The guy who stole the Neil Kinnock line and wrote it into the speech that killed Biden’s ’88 campaign? Honest?

No one’s ever accused him of that.

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Kinda like Cutter and every other Obamabot coming out and regurgitating for barky what the Romney camp says?

Cutter: “Obama creating 12 million jobs in the next 4 years, that’s a given”

Carney: “Yes, it was a terrorist attack”

You get the idea, you miserable lying POS. But that’s redundant, you’re a barky supporter…

ccrosby on October 1, 2012 at 9:23 PM

can you imagine if a Obama was president during 9/11?

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 9:13 PM

First, it’s whining. Second, it’s unprovable either way, so it’s a useless assertion.
Third, theLimpa Pimpa Hussein has already played more golf than Bush and partied and vacationed at taxpayer expenses waaaaayy more than all Presidents combined.

burrata on October 1, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Caddell has been a washed up hack since the early 80s. Hard living and bad polling wrecked his career. Unable to earn a living through his profession, he peddles his a** as the political equivalent of Stepn Fetchit, sucking up to his GOP masters and betraying what few ideals he might once have had for a few dimes. Sad, really.

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

If he said something positive about the media and Dr Feelgood jesus- I am sure you would have stated something else entirely. But your just like the media. What ever works urban sewer spewage.
Your handle does fit you.

And what is your profession? lol We see how you spend your free time..what fun!

bazil9 on October 1, 2012 at 9:23 PM

SWalker on October 1, 2012 at 9:13 PM

? Wow, that’s more elaborate than I thought. I’m not sure I got this straight. So you’re saying that Pat is more concerned about the first amendment than media bias?

Dongemaharu on October 1, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Yes, absolutely. He is afraid that the media has become so corrupt that as the general public finally understands the extent of their corruption the public blow back will be to restrict or diminish free speech in an effort to punish the corrupt media and fix the problem by placing restrictions on free speech.

SWalker on October 1, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Romney is very short-sighted in not viewing the MSM as a serious threat.

Sparky5253 on October 1, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Yup, so far he looks lame. MSM should be a fully known enemy by now.

the_nile on October 1, 2012 at 9:11 PM

This is my primary concern about Mittens.

He doesn’t seem to “get” things that he should “get”.

60%+ of the voting public “gets” it.

Good grief.

Bruno Strozek on October 1, 2012 at 9:24 PM

They’ll cop to it in the aggregate, so long as their own personal integrity isn’t questioned. Now if only they’d do something about it.

This is exactly why I wasn’t as impressed as a lot of people were a couple weeks ago when Jake Tapper admitted that the press was biased in Obama’s favor in 2008.

That took no courage to look back four years ago and say there was media bias. It would take courage for Jake Tapper or anyone else in the MSM to admit the obvious and say that there is major media bias right the hell now, in 2012.

We are in the midst of it NOW. Tapper, why don’t you show some guts and call out the media on it NOW. Oh well, I’m sure in 2016 Jake Tapper will earn lots of credibility by admitting that the media was biased back in 2012.

JohnInCA on October 1, 2012 at 9:25 PM

can you imagine if a Obama was president during 9/11?

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Yes and thank God he wasnt.
He is prez with the arab spring and Maj Hassan. F&F.
All pathetic and dangerous but no big deal..he and the media stroke each other to gasim.

bazil9 on October 1, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Caddell? The guy who stole the Neil Kinnock line and wrote it into the speech that killed Biden’s ’88 campaign? Honest?

urbane effetist on October 1, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Simple Question for a Simple Mind…

Do you seriously think Biden would have had a chance in 1988? Even without the Kinnock sham.

Oh, and this…

How come it was “bad” when a 5-Time Draft Dodger (Cheney) was our Vice President, but “good” when a 5-Time Draft Dodger (Uncle AMTRAK Joe Biden) is our current Vice President?

And before you answer, remember that both basically claimed the same defense when they got said deferments.

Del Dolemonte on October 1, 2012 at 9:29 PM

can you imagine if a Obama was president during 9/11?

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha….

ccrosby on October 1, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Caddell’s was an epic rant…taking down everyone, Rs included.

He knows the deep corruption of the beltway..and most of the rest of the country too. He knows that the press was the sunlight that the founders counted on…after all..corruption is nothing new

trolls like urban elitist probably benefit from the corruption and will defend to the hilt. Sad, really.

the bad thing is that the corruption is now with very large percentages of the gdp. it used to be that little scandals like Teapot Dome rocked the nation…but that sounds a little quaint now.

Imagine a little favoritism and money transfers should matter to people…when Lohan is in trouble again

r keller on October 1, 2012 at 9:31 PM

We are in the midst of it NOW. Tapper, why don’t you show some guts and call out the media on it NOW. Oh well, I’m sure in 2016 Jake Tapper will earn lots of credibility by admitting that the media was biased back in 2012.

JohnInCA on October 1, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Yup, that was my exact same take on that. Admitting to the indisputable but only in the past tense is tantamount to covering up the truth. It is indistinguishable from adding to the admission that they were biased in the past, but this time they’re not. It is lying by misdirection.

SWalker on October 1, 2012 at 9:31 PM

As of now the LSM and their minion are voluntarily supporting a president and administration which would, in a nanosecond, take control of the media and all aspects of public communication.

Part of me wishes to see that these sycophants would have to live in horror lest they print or broadcast something positive about how good and great the government is. I’d love to see them work in the “free press” of the Soviet Union in its day or Russia today, or of China, North Korea, Iran, etc.

In other words, that part of me wants them so much to be forced to live as the tools and useful idiots that, for now, they gladly VOLUNTEER to be.

They have forgotten, as Caddell suggests, that their job is not to protect a government but to protect the people from same, what the Founders had designed.

TXUS on October 1, 2012 at 9:33 PM

I am so sick of the “if Bush had done it” argument. First, it’s whining. Second, it’s unprovable either way, so it’s a useless assertion. Third, Bush golfed and blathered his way though multiple disasters for the first six years of his presidency — can you imagine if a Obama was president during 9/11?

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Ah, but you see, it’s not debatable. We know what happened when equivalent events occurred during the previous administration. I also gave you an equivalent event from the Reagan administration. So, this isn’t useless assertion, it is demonstrably true that the media covers the current president (and Clinton for that matter) in a much more favorable light than Republican presidents.

“I am so sick of the “if Bush had done it”” Pretty cheeky coming from someone who is supporting the current president who is still running against Bush and whining about the mess he inherited.

Bush stopped golfing shortly after the Afghanistan invasion.

But bottom line, I get your point, you have nothing to refute the facts that Caddell laid out so you are now attacking the question.

Again. You cannot dispute the assertion that the MSM is anything but a lapdog of, and stenographers for the DNC and Obama administration.

AZfederalist on October 1, 2012 at 9:34 PM

There’s an Understatement! They need Dr’s to surgically remove there lips from Obama’s Colon! He is right about the Total Derangement going on if it was a Republican who Failed this miserably!
For those following, How to take on the Obama Enemy media: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on October 1, 2012 at 9:35 PM

The guy who stole the Neil Kinnock line and wrote it into the speech that killed Biden’s ’88 campaign?

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Seriously? So Obiden didn’t review his own speech he was going to give and say, “Hey, I can’t say that! That’s not true!” Oh no, it was purely the fault of his speechwriter.

Do you know how foolish that comment makes you look?

AZfederalist on October 1, 2012 at 9:37 PM

With apologies to rogerb

Unable to earn a living through his profession, he peddles his a** as the political equivalent of Stepn Fetchit, sucking up to his GOP masters and betraying what few ideals he might once have had for a few dimes. Sad, really.

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

First, it’s constitutional. Second, comparing your — or my — situation to being black during Jim Crow is f***ing loathsome and pathetic. Grow up. Third, I feel guilty about any number of things. Being white is not one of them. Try not to project.

urban elitist on February 5, 2012 at 5:37 PM

But it’s fine to compare a political analyst in the year 2012 with the most popular archetype of the vaudevillian stereotype of the ‘lazy ******.’

Intellectual consistency, they name is not urban elitist.

Good Solid B-Plus on October 1, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Do you know how foolish that comment makes you look?

AZfederalist on October 1, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Urban Imbecile has only one moral or ethical standard, “The End Justifies the Means” so it’s it’s sick twisted little mind, no it does not know how foolish that statement proves that it is.

SWalker on October 1, 2012 at 9:40 PM

trolls like urban elitist probably benefit from the corruption and will defend to the hilt. Sad, really.

r keller on October 1, 2012 at 9:31 PM

They think so , but when they’re not needed anymore by the totalitarian regime , they’ll end up like Chris Stevens, cannibalized.

the_nile on October 1, 2012 at 9:41 PM

I am so sick of the “if Bush had done it” argument. First, it’s whining. Second, it’s unprovable either way, so it’s a useless assertion. Third, Bush golfed and blathered his way though multiple disasters for the first six years of his presidency — can you imagine if a Obama was president during 9/11?

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 9:13 PM

I can’t scientifically prove that you would accept an offer of one billion dollars cash with no strings attached, but I’m pretty sure you would.

In the same vein, most lefties are such ridiculous partisan frauds that there’s a near certainty that they would react differently with a Republican in office.

Good Solid B-Plus on October 1, 2012 at 9:41 PM

I am so sick of the “if Bush had done it” argument.

First, it’s whining.

Second, it’s unprovable either way, so it’s a useless assertion.

Third, Bush golfed and blathered his way though multiple disasters for the first six years of his presidency — can you imagine if a Obama was president during 9/11?

urbane effetist on October 1, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Being reduced to bringing up the “Bush Golfed” argument is pretty sad.

And what are these “multiple disasters” you refer to? Just curious.

And finally to make your Bad Night complete, how would President O’bamna have prevented 9/11 from happening had he been in office on 9/11/2001? And remember, it has to be “morally acceptable” to you folks who think cutting down a tree in the woods is a Crime.

Bonus Trick Question.

Assuming that President O’bamna failed to prevent said attacks on 9/11/2001, how should he have responded?

Del Dolemonte on October 1, 2012 at 9:42 PM

How do we break up a propaganda machine? It obviously won’t fix itself.

ted c on October 1, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Sunlight is the best disinfectant!

1)Whenever you see an example of media bias, highlight it on the web on blogs, facebook, twitter, email, etc. And talk to anybody who will listen about these examples.

2) Discuss current events with as many friends as possible. Develop your reputation as being well informed on the issues. Encourage your friends to be as well informed as you are.

3) Suggest less biased sources of information for your friends to follow or at least encourage them to get info from a variety of media sources.

4) Challenge friends to get info from primary sources so they can hear what the candidates are saying directly and in context. Then talk about how media sources distort what people have actually said.

5) Don’t let friends get away with general statements about candidates. Ask them to give examples to back up their statements. We can all help each other to sharpen our critical thinking skills on political issues.

6) Share a laugh at the media when they expose their clear bias.

If anybody else has other suggestions, please share them with us!

wren on October 1, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Because millions of voters, especially those in the middle who tend to decide elections, don’t have the time or interest in politics to seek out overtly partisan news sources. They take what’s fed to them by major news brands (network news, top papers),

I have no patience for this anymore. If someone cannot take a few moments out of watching Honey Boo Boo or Idol, then they deserve all the strife and grief that`s coming to them. Gas costs too much or unemployed. Nah. Don`t spend any time to figure out why and what can be done to fix it. Just sit and absorb what`s fed to you.

I just wish they`d leave the rest of us out of their stupidity.

kim roy on October 1, 2012 at 9:45 PM

This and a a couple of bucks gets you a Starbuck coffee, or as David Brooks states, he doesn’t pay attention to conservative kooks, but just some of his “educated” colleagues…all of this writing about bias is great, but it won’t matter.

Us getting out the vote is what will matter, us telling our friends and neighbors, vote, and vote wisely…the numbers are in our favor, if we get the numbers to vote.

right2bright on October 1, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Cankles is culpable. She has blood on her cankles.

Hillary must be prosecuted for incontinence.

SparkPlug on October 1, 2012 at 9:48 PM

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