The Media Have Made Themselves A Threat To American Democracy

media bias

Patrick Caddell – who served as pollster for President Jimmy Carter as well as former Senators Gary Hart and Joe Biden others – sees some real problems in the way the media covers America’s political events.

An excerpt from a speech he delivered to an Accuracy in Media conference called the “Audacity of Corruption:”

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 decide that they will now become active participants, 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. We have crossed a whole new and frightening slide on the slippery slope this last two weeks, and it needs to be talked about.

Meanwhile, a Gallup poll put out earlier this month showed record high levels of distrust in traditional journalism, with 60% of poll respondents saying they have little or no trust in the mainstream media.

Of course, the mainstream media types and their apologists on the left will just claim that this is so much griping from conservatives who think facts have a liberal bias, etc., etc. Of course, Mr. Goodell is no conservative, and nor is 60% of the American public.

Maybe it’s time to admit there’s a problem.

The solution to this is transparency. We need to drop the charade of the “objective journalist,” because objective journalists don’t exist. We’d be better served by journalists who were open about their biases. The transparency would prompt more scrutiny for what they report, and might even make reporters a bit more sensitive to perceptions of bias.

Those are the very reasons why journalists demand transparency from government. If transparency increases accountability in government, would it not achieve the same thing in journalism?

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Hopefor Truth

    This is amazing. You have the balls as a professional liar and distorter to talk about the media. You are the problem. You feed on hate, greed, racism, and paranoia, and you work like one of Hitlers PR guys. Wow, you don’t have an ounce of decency. You are the prime example of what is wrong with the media. Truth is just something Rob Port bends every day to serve his rich masters, and Rob is going to complain about the media? Fox and Rush have done more to distort reality than Satan himself, and you worship the lying journalism of the right that protects the greedy right wing and suppressed the common man. You hypocrisy has no end. The bigger the lie the better.

    • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

      With looney right wing extremist candidates showing poorly in the polls, nutters need to blame someone, other than themselves of course, for the pathetic state they’re in.

      Given the make up of gop primary voters and the reckless way their heroes paint politics in general, (rube, Rush, Levin, Hannity, Washington Times writers, Pox et al), it’s no wonder we’re at the edge of the right wing cliff.

      Gotta just shake your head at the stupidity of the screamers screaming: Muslim, Kenyan, Socialist, Marxist, Communist, Hates America, Take Over, Pals Around With Terrorist, Black Liberation, Take Away All Our Guns, Not A Real Black, Death Panels, Anti Religion, Sharia Law, It’s The End Of America As We Know It If He’s Re-Elected, There’s Muslims Terrorists On The White House Staff, Sluts, Halfrican, You Didn’t Build It, Took The Work Requirement Our Of Welfare and on and on and on.

      Nutters, they crack me up!

      With any luck, gop suffers a nation wide smack down in Nov., realize they need to re-configure their goals and put America first, this time.

      • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

        So 60% in that Gallup poll are conservatives?

      • Spinaway Rob

        You summed it up pretty well. Rob cultivates the dingers. Each key word you used is worth ten points. If you were on Rob’s side you would have just scored over a hundred points for scary words. This gets you a dinger had and T Shirt.

        • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

          There is some hope for gop, it’s a long way off, but there is some hope. It won’t be this guy, this is only a baby step, but there is hope.

          STEPHANOPOULOS: You alluded to, do you buy this argument that some conservatives are making that the polls are skewed against Mitt Romney?

          CHRISTIE: I don’t buy that.

          STEPHANOPOULOS: Not sure, right?

          CHRISTIE: I don’t know if it’s — listen, I don’t think it’s
          intentional. I think, you know, you look at every different poll and
          look and its methodology and you can say whether it’s good or bad poll, but do I think there’s a concerted effort to skew the polls against Governor Romney? No, I don’t buy that.

          STEPHANOPOULOS: Final question. Senator — Todd Akin running for Senate down in Missouri, last year, the Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus was here saying the RNC is not going to get involved in this race, but over the course of the week, we’re seeing more prominent Republicans — Senator Jim DeMint, Tom Coburn, Lindsey Graham, all coming out in support of Todd Akin. Do you think he should have the support of the Republican Party?

          CHRISTIE: No.

          STEPHANOPOULOS: No?

          CHRISTIE: No, I don’t.

          STEPHANOPOULOS: And he doesn’t have your support?

          CHRISTIE: No, he doesn’t.

          STEPHANOPOULOS: Governor Chris Christie, thanks very much for your time this morning.

          CHRISTIE: Thank you, George.

          http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/week-transcript-gov-chris-christie-david-plouffe/story?id=17341440&page=4

        • $8194357

          Your still free to go back to moveon.org or huff and puff anytime ya want to..

      • Gern Blanston

        Romney is tied with Obama in most of these left-leaning polls. That counts as showing poorly? O.K., I guess you’re right, given the record of the President.

        • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

          Gerny, when you have some free time, go ahead and read my first sentence again. You’ll come up to bat in a few innings, so try to be ready next time.

    • mikemc1970

      The solution to this is transparency. We need to drop the charade of
      the “objective journalist,” because objective journalists don’t exist.
      We’d be better served by journalists who were open about their biases.

      What exactly don’t you understand about that phrase? Where exactly has Rob claimed to be an objective journalist? This is a blog, moron. His blog is going to contain his opinions.

      • $8194357

        Pravda style “1984” B/S media..

    • Gern Blanston

      More projecting

    • awfulorv

      What have they been teaching these ding bats in school? Is it some kind of new drug they’re ingesting? Speaking of big lies, tell us again why your Affirmative Action partial black leaders decided it was a good idea to kill Mexican citizens by their Drug Cartel proxy?

  • SigFan

    Even if the mavens of the establishment media just came out with the truth that they are actively working to get Obama reelected it wouldn’t change a thing. Far too many useful idiots on the left are just fine with that – in fact they expect it.

  • $8194357

    TAQIYYA/JIZYA

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jizya

    Freedom Friday With Carl Gallups

    http://www.carlgallups.com

    LISTEN…
    00:05:42 Added on 9/19/12
    Like a good Muslim, Obama uses the annual White House Iftar
    Ramadan dinner to spew lies about America
    by BareNakedIslam

    Every year at this dinner, Obama highlights the Thomas Jefferson quran, as if it were a cherished book of his, rather than a manual of war so Jefferson could study the mindset of the Muslim Barbary Pirates who were attacking our cargo ships at sea – the Muslim enemy that our Marine Corps fought so hard and defeated at Tripoli. Jefferson probably hated Muslims more than we do.Obama states that the Jefferson quran is a reminder, along with the generations of patriotic Muslims in America, that Islam, like so many faiths, is part of our national story.

    Even worse, he honors Hillary Clinton’s Muslim accomplice, Huma Abedin, as some kind of American hero, when she is nothing more than a Muslim Brotherhood shill, as are her mother, brother, sister, and late father. Obama had the gall to say, “The American people owe her a debt of gratitude, because Huma is an American patriot, and an example of what we need in this country — more public servants with her sense of decency, her grace and her generosity of spirit.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNtNGATkbPg

    H/T Henry P

  • sbark

    Over the years the Dem’cat Left Liberals have given us facists such as Woodrow Wilson, Socialists such as FDR, racists such as LBJ and Robert Byrd, Weak Idiots such as Jimma’ Carter, a housing arsonist Clinton that set up Fannie mae debacle, and now a POTUS mentored for years by F.M.Davis, Ayers and Rev Wright…………
    They have all done their share of damage to the structure of this sociiety……they come and go along with the likes of Tip ONeal, Reid, Pelosi…..
    ……..none of them had any new ideas, plaugerizing from K.Marx or Mao at the drop of a hat….
    ….so who is pulling the puppet strings ……
    ……..as Pat Caddell states its an establishment of a elite ruling class led by the media,
    ……If the “4th branch of Govt” would do its job Obama wouldve been fully vetted at a Ill Congressman and run out of town decades ago already…..
    Oh for the days when the Dem’cat called the likes of Frank Marshall Davis in front of congress for a investigation………..now they’ve just joined the media assisting Islam and the radica left infiltrate this society.

    What baffles me….is the ave joe dem’cat’s who has loyalty 1st to this radical led Dem’cat Party affiliation at least 4 spots above his loyalty to the USA as a country

    • $8194357

      Liberal nazi style facism…
      Yup..
      They accuse the Constitutional conservitive of what they are in fact doing themselves….
      Old trick the devil taught em all long ago…

  • $8194357
  • $8194357

    And Barrys kenyan cousin Odinga’s political party has been
    busy in Barrys “fatherland”.

    #Savage Muslims Kill One Child, Wound Others in Jihad
    Attack on Sunday School in Kenya

    And all the self-righteous leftists and enemedia reporters who have
    excoriated our ad never say a word about this jihadist savagery.
    Attack on Sunday school leaves
    child dead, others wounded, Red Cross says CNN, September 30

    A policeman stands guard next to the scene where a blast ripped through a
    church in Nairobi on September 30, 2012.

    Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) —

    One child died and several others
    were hurt in a grenade attack on a children’s Sunday-school class in Kenya, the Kenya Red Cross said.
    A Kenyan hospital reported seven children wounded.
    The Kenya Red Cross
    and local media described the incident at St. Polycarp church in Nairobi as a
    grenade attack. Government officials did not answer repeated telephone calls from CNN seeking comment.

    Four injured children were admitted to Kenyatta National Hospital —
    two for treatment of critical wounds, said Dr. Mutie Thomas, the
    hospital’s senior assistant director.

    Doctors treated and released another three people, Thomas said.
    The injuries involve soft tissue damage, head wounds and broken bones,
    Thomas said.

    The children were between the ages of 7 and 10.

    The Kenya Red Cross

    tweeted that one child died, and that “six critical children”
    were taken to a hospital.
    Such attacks have escalated since Kenyan forces invaded neighboring Somalia
    last year to battle the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab, blaming it for
    kidnappings of foreigners in the nation.

    End quote

    Terrorize the infidel into submission says the “holy koran”.

  • mikemc1970

    I saw Mr. Caddell’s speech the other day on rightscoop. I don’t agree with him all the time, but this is definitely one of those times. It is worth the 26 minutes to watch. He’s right on saying there needs to be some balances against the leftist media bias in this country. When president Romney is sworn in January, he needs to talk to FOX news about starting full news operations on all their broadcast stations across the country. Evening news, morning show, and news magazines. See if he can talk Newscorp into buying more newspapers as well. The only way we can have any balance is if their are more right leaning sources of news. It will be a lot harder for the left to lie about things like Fast and Furious or Benghazi-Gate, if they can turn the channel, without having to buy cable, and find news people who are talking about those things.

    • $8194357

      Same international progressives own “all” the news outlets tho..

  • $8194357

    A well paid dhimmi living large at Jizya (taxpayers) expense..
    The $35 million estate in Hawaii can’t come soon enough, huh..

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2012/09/drunk-with-power-obama-family-costs-taxpayers-14-billion-per-year.html

    Drunk with Power: Obama family ‘costs taxpayers $1.4
    BILLION per year’

    $1.4 billion. Wow. I am not surprised at the Obamas’ utter contempt and scorn
    for the hard-working American taxpayer, but the media’s silence on this is
    criminal. Who can forget the grand mal seizure the frothing media had when Sarah Palin had the audacity to wear a
    couple of new suits while campaigning. Oh, the sturm and drang over a
    clothing budget — the whole of which was rivaled by the price of one of
    Michelle’s daily costume changes.
    And the economy sinks deeper and deeper into an unprecedented economic abyss under his spend-and-burn fiscal
    tsunami.
    Obama family ‘costs taxpayers $1.4 BILLION per year’
    (that’s 20 times more expensive than British Royal Family) Daily mail
    Politicians looking for savings to deal with the national debt
    crisis should perhaps start by abolishing the President.
    Barack Obama and his family cost the taxpayer $1.4billion per year,
    according to a recently published
    book.
    By contrast, the British Royal Family costs less than $60million each
    year.

    Pricey:

    Taking care of Barack Obama and his family costs the public over
    $1billion per year, according to a book on the cost of the presidency
    Two of the principal costs of the the Obama presidency – and any other
    presidency – are staffing and security, according to Robert Keith Gray’s book
    Presidential Perks Gone Royal.
    When it comes to keeping the First Family safe, few would dispute that it is
    worth paying a high price to keep the President safe from harm.
    This means paying for hundreds of Secret Service agents, travel in the secure space of Air Force and funding a team of doctors to follow Mr
    Obama around.
    But even this essential expense can be exploited to political ends, according
    to Mr Gray, a former staffer for Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan
    and George H.W. Bush.

    When the President travels around the country on campaign, he is obliged to
    take Air Force One. His party reimburses the taxpayer with the cost of a
    first-class air ticket per passenger – but this is far from the full cost to
    taxpayers. It also provides a President running for re-election with a national
    transport network which is unavailable to his challenger.
    Moreover, much of the money spent on Mr Obama’s family goes to perks such as
    entertainment and household expenses. For example, the White House contains a
    movie theatre which is manned by projectionists 24 hours a day in case one of
    the family feels like a trip to the cinema.
    And even the Obamas’ dog Bo costs the taxpayer thousands of dollars –
    his handler is reportedly paid over $100,000 a year.
    Another huge presidential outgoing, according to Mr Gray, comes in the form
    of staff members who can be appointed by the commander-in-chief at his own
    personal discretion.
    226 members of Mr Obama’s staff are apparently paid over $100,000 –
    and the President can increase their salaries at any time.

  • $8194357

    And in the meantime?
    What about that little act of war attacking our libiyan embassy really all about?
    We may never know huh.
    .
    http://www.gopusa.com/theloft/2012/10/01/the-unfolding-story-in-libya/?subscriber=1

    The Obama administration is in full CYA mode after first promoting that the attacks in Libya were a result of a spontaneous reaction to an Internet video and then saying it was a terrorist attack. As the timeline is pieced together, one wonders why Barack Obama promoted the video excuse when his team knew that excuse was not true.

    Fox News has put together an excellent timeline of the events in Libya which claimed the lives of four Americans.
    As America mourned, and as the administration spun a tale of lies,
    Obama continued on the campaign trail…
    noting that the deaths of the Americans were a “bump in the road.”

  • awfulorv

    Seems to me the “Daisy” political ad the Dems. used against Goldwater should be brought forth once again. Except this time the conjecture of nuclear war should be directed at our ally, Israel, instead of our, then,Cold War enemy,The USSR. anyone who doesn’t think the chance of a conflagration is greater now, with Obama’s incompetence, inattention, and cowardice, than it was then, doesn’t have the brain to measure elemental odds with.

  • Harold

    The media is in bed with Obama and whatever happens to our country because of these actions by the media we need to remember which one’s did this to us.

  • Davo

    “We need to drop the charade of the “objective journalist,” because objective journalists don’t exist.”

    “I am not wholly good; please do not regard me as wholly evil!”

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