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Remembering When Dem Pollster Pat Caddell Said the Media Was the ‘Enemy of the American People’

When President Donald Trump defiantly called The New York Times, CNN, and other U.S. media institutions the “enemy of the American people,” the Washington political and media establishment promptly went nuts. The New Yorker‘s David Remnick promptly equated the statement to Bolshevism and Robespierre.

Or perhaps Trump was listening to the words of Democratic pollster Pat Caddell. A new report from Accuracy in Media unearthed footage of Caddell calling the media — you guessed it — the “enemy of the American people” during a 2012 conference organized by the group.

From Accuracy in Media:

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 they go to serve—to decide that they will now become active participants—when they decide 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, and…we’ve crossed a whole new and frightening slide on the slippery slope this last two weeks, and it needs to be talked about.

It’s not Caddell’s first brush with iconoclasm. In 2013 the pollster called Barack Obama, the “most divisive president in history,” and previously suggested that he should not seek a second term in 2012.

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