The MSM Is Treatening Our Nation's Future

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by pspr, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. pspr


    By Pat Caddell

    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.

    That changed in 1980.

    There are a lot of reasons for it. It changed—an important point in the Dukakis-Bush election, when the press literally was trying to get Dukakis elected by ignoring what was happening in Massachusetts, with a candidate who was running on the platform of “He will do for America what he did for Massachusetts”—while they were on the verge of bankruptcy.

    Also the change from evening news emphasis to morning news by the networks is another factor that’s been pointed out to me.

    Most recently, what I call the nepotism that exists, where people get jobs—they’re married to people who are in the administration, or in politics, whatever.

    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.

    We designed a constitutional system with many checks and balances. The one that had no checks and balances was the press, and that was done under an implicit understanding that, somehow, the press would protect the people from the government and the power by telling—somehow allowing—people to have the truth. That is being abrogated as we speak, and has been for some time. It is now creating the danger that I spoke to.

    This morning, just this morning, Gallup released their latest poll on the trust, how much trust [the American people have in the press] —when it comes to reporting the news accurately, fairly, and fully, and [the level of their distrust] it’s the highest in history. For the first time, 60% of the people said they had “Not very much” or “None at all.” Of course there was a partisan break: There were 40% who believed it did, Democrats, 58% believed that it was fair and accurate, Republicans were 26%, independents were 31%.

    So there is this contempt for the media – or this belief—and there are many other polls that show it as well.

    I want to just use a few examples, because I think we crossed the line the last few weeks that is terrifying.

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  2. Brass


    Shiver me timbers.
  3. Lucrum


    The thread title is "OUR nation's future". Not yours thunderpussy.
  4. One thing we must get straight right off the bat, there is no longer anything that resembles a news media. What we have in regard to politics is commentary. The left has more outlets, has been at it longer and has a deeper bench, so they're better at getting their message out. I would guess that nearly every single story has been manipulated to some degree, so it takes a considerable effort to get all the facts straight. Most of America is far too lazy to do all that leg work and the end result is we end up with a Obama vs. Romney political parody. While I believe the leftist media would certainly rather see their guy win, the story is their prime motivator regardless of which party achieves victory. They, as are the politicans themsleves, are so far removed from main street America it really doesn't matter how much damage is done to the country during this well orchastrated and manipulated process. They are well insulated and protected from the coming chaos, and will happily show it all in high def to the survivors.
  5. JamesL


    Uh...that was '88
  6. :D Nice catch. Oh well toss that editorial in the crapper.
  7. pspr


    Could be a typo. After all, Caddell is a cross eyed democratic pollster.
  8. JWS11



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    The report will go back to Obama's earlier days, showing even then his close ties to radical Marxist professors, friends, spiritual advisers, etc. It will also reveal details about his ties to Rev. Wright for 20+ years, i.e., how he was participating with this man and not for the reasons he stated.

    The report has uncovered more of Obama's radical past and we will see things that no one in the media is willing to put out there. It will be a segment to remember. Mark your calendar and pass this on to everyone you know: Sunday night, 8 PM CT; 9 PM ET. Democrat or Republican, this report will open your eyes to how YOUR country is being sold down the road to Totalitarian Socialism.