Longtime Democratic political operative and pollster Pat Caddell told the AIM “ObamaNation: A Day of Truth” conference on September 21 that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney should run against the press as well as Barack Obama. Romney should be strongly “pushing back” against the media bias, he said.
Caddell, who has become critical of the liberal direction of the Democratic Party, has recently declared that Romney is running an incompetent campaign. He said about Romney’s strategists: “They are incompetent, they believe that you can sit and an election will automatically come to you.”
At the AIM conference, he mentioned that criticism in the context of urging the Romney campaign to launch a vigorous attack on the major media. He said major news organizations are serving “as off-shoots of the White House press office,” and will destroy America unless their power is monitored, exposed, and checked.
He added, “Why isn’t Romney himself getting up and saying, ‘I’m running against two organizations—I’m running against the Democrats and the President, and I’m running against the mainstream media, which will not tell you the truth.’?”
Caddell said Romney won’t do this because he is running a “cautious” campaign. He explained, “…they don’t do it because this man dares to be cautious. He’s going to dare-to-be-cautious himself right out of a race that was his to lose, and he’s losing it…”
As if to prove this point, Mitt Romney has now told Jan Crawford of CBS News that the major media are not in the tank for Obama and that he has no plans to challenge liberal media bias.
“I think we have a system of free press, people are able to provide their own perspectives, based upon their own beliefs,” he said. “I think there’s some people who are more in my camp, there are a lot of people that are more in his camp. I don’t worry about that.”
In fact, as Caddell and other speakers at the AIM conference noted, the media bias is overwhelming. A recent example, which illustrates the general pro-Democratic Party bias, was the complicity by the media in rehabilitating the disgraced and impeached former president, Bill Clinton.
On page 2 of Time Magazine’s October 1st issue, featuring Bill Clinton on the cover as a global problem solver, managing editor Richard Stengel acknowledged that Time was a “media partner” behind the Clinton Global Initiative’s 2012 annual meeting.
Time reports that Stengel moderated a panel on “Creating Value for Business and Society” in which the magazine says that he “made plain the core challenge: That the profit motive is sometimes at odds with the broader interests of society at large.”
What about involvement with the former Democratic president being at odds with the need for objective news reporting about Clinton, whose wife is Obama’s Secretary of State? Also, Obama White House press secretary Jay Carney served as Washington Bureau Chief for Time magazine.
Some of those listed as speaking at this year’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) were, in addition to Stengel:
- Nicholas D. Kristof, Columnist, The New York Times
- Piers Morgan, Host, CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight
- Charlie Rose, Executive Editor and Anchor, “Charlie Rose”
- Fareed Zakaria, Host, CNN-GPS
Investigative journalist Marinka Peschmann tells AIM that the media relationship with the CGI is another example of the “unholy alliance” that existed during the Clinton Administration.
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