Gallup recently released a poll showing just 8% of Americans have a great deal of trust in the media, you don’t have to look any farther than the recent terrorist attacks against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya to understand why. A few reporters like Eli Lake at Newsweek have doggedly pursued the story and uncovered some uncomfortable truths that the Obama Administration and the Media would like to keep quiet.
The sad truth is this cozy, no incestuous relationship between the media and democrat party is dangerous and it needs to be addressed… Pat Caddell talked about this very issue during his remarks before Accuracy In Media’s ObamaNation: A Day of Truth conference recently:
“First of all, we’ve had 9 days of lies…If a president of either party…had had a terrorist incident and gotten on an airplane [after remarks] and flown off to a fundraiser in Las Vegas, they would have been crucified…it should have been, should have been, the equivalent, for Barack Obama, of George Bush’s “flying over Katrina” moment. But nothing was said at all. Nothing will be said. […] It is [unacceptable] to specifically decide that you will not tell the American people information they have a right to know. [The MSM] has made themselves the enemy of the American people. It is a threat to the very future of the country; we’ve crossed a new and frightening line on the slippery slope, and it needs to be talked about.”
Mr. Caddell is not alone in sounding that trumpet Kristen Powers has also taken up the topic in a column at the Daily Beast:
There are so many unanswered questions, not just about Libya, but also about Cairo. Who is it that Rice thinks “widely disseminated” this “movie”? Surely she can’t believe that the Egyptian Coptic Christian who made the video had the capacity or even desire to put it in the hands of the people who did the inciting. Also, has the administration noticed that the mob in Cairo, so spontaneously upset about the video, just happened to be carrying an Islamist flag to hoist over our embassy? On 9/11. What a massive coincidence.
Also, where did Rice get her very detailed information about the attack in Libya? She referred to the attackers as “a small handful of heavily armed mobsters” who merely took advantage of a growing protest over the video, a protest that now appears never to have occurred, as was reported three days before her appearances. The administration is careful to point out that Rice couched everything she said as being the best assessment at the time. Fine. But where did that assessment come from and how could it have been so wrong, especially when all signs pointed to a terrorist attack?
We know now that before the attacks on 9/11 that killed 3,000 Americans, more attention should have been paid to attacks against the U.S. overseas. These were warnings of what was to come. They say curiosity killed the cat. In this case, lack of curiosity on the part of the American media very well may kill more Americans.
And there it is, it wasn’t all that long ago that the media in this country was willing to ask tough questionsof all sides, but over the last few years they’ve given up any semblance of objectivity and, with rare exceptions, become the propaganda arm of the Obama Administration and its allies. Mr. Caddell and Ms. Powers are right we are on very slippery slope and this lack of curiosity — and intellectual honesty is endangering not only American traditions and values but American lives.
Edit: You can watch Mr. Caddell’s full remarks here.
H/T: The Anchoress and Allahpundit.