Veteran political analyst Pat Caddell is confident the media will go into overdrive to protect Hillary Clinton from the bombshell revelation that her campaign chairman John Podesta raked in millions from a Russian government technology initiative – and failed to disclose the money on federal forms, as required by law.
“My God, I’m sure that this had something to do with Donald Trump’s relationship with Putin, and that the email’s hacked, and that you’re missing the real story, you see,” he quipped to SiriusXM host Stephen K. Bannon on Monday’s Breitbart News Daily.
“This is, of course, not important, because after all, all corruption is equal,” Caddell continued, his sarcasm engine still running hot. “If she can get away with it, so can Podesta. My God.”
“Look, this is the story of the election,” he said. “It is the story of this year.” He called Clinton’s corruption “frightening” and “stunning,” referring listeners to the work of Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer, a previous guest on that morning’s edition of Breitbart News Daily.
When Bannon asked why Hillary Clinton never brings up the topic of corruption on the campaign trail, Caddell replied, “Well, first of all, she can’t.”
“This is Bernie Sanders’ moral crime, is to let her off the hook on this, the whole campaign,” he continued. “And to pretend that this thing, which is the heart of so much of what Americans believe, why the economy is not fair, is really the point.”
Allowing that the Democrat Party was still nominally his own – he’s worked on Democrat campaigns stretching back to the Carter era – Caddell said he can’t believe how far it has degenerated from the party of principle he remembers.
“A party which had before, Robert Kennedy was able to stand up against Lyndon Johnson on the war in Vietnam, along with many other brave senators, and congressmen, and others, against among the most powerful presidents in history. They stood up because principle mattered,” he recalled. “I can go through and give you chapter and verse, in the Democratic Party, of where principle has come before politics.”
But now, he said, “there was a pall hanging over the Democratic convention – that pall was corruption. Not mentioned, never discussed, just like the Clinton Foundation was never mentioned as a great plus.”
Caddell said the Democrats were clearly afraid to broach the subject of corruption: “She didn’t. Bill Clinton didn’t talk about it. Nobody did. It never came up.”
Of course, the mainstream media did not see fit to remark on that deficiency of the Democratic National Convention.
“This is the crisis of democracy – the mainstream media, which is in the tank, in the most violent way, against Donald Trump and for Hillary Clinton, that I have ever seen in the 45 years that I have been at the top of presidential politics,” Caddell exclaimed. “And it is terrifying. It’s not what they’re telling us, it’s what they’re omitting to tell us. Not that they’re just for Hillary, and telling us that Trump is evil, and my God, no human being could possibly vote for him. It is what they are omitting, the facts that they will not tell the American people.”
He advised Trump to hammer the issue, “case by case, of corruption and its influence on the screwing of the middle class, and all classes in this country. The Clinton Foundation is literally a RICO case waiting, and nobody will say anything. She can get away with anything, because this whole system is corrupt.”
Caddell brought a particular instance of media bias to Bannon’s attention, something he ranked among the most outrageous examples he had ever seen: the rigging of a Reuters poll to move Hillary Clinton back into the lead.
Caddell allowed that the type of poll in question, an overnight “tracking poll” with a very small sample of voters, is “inherently statistically problematic.” In the Reuters poll, Trump had been “steadily rising – and they became, obviously, alarmed.”
“They went back, and they changed the way they were asking their questions. Not only did they say, ‘we don’t think we’re doing this right,’ and make a forward-going change, which they call ‘tweaking.’ They made a change that went back and change the numbers that they had already reported last week, and then ‘disappeared’ all of their previous results,” Caddell said.
“This was an act to put her ahead,” he charged. “They had a poll that had three different numbers, by the way. They did not play up the fact that the four-way race was one point, even with their new ‘tweaking,’ or that they had another result of three,” he charged, referring to polls that included third-party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein. “They went with this five-point shift, and they went back and made almost a nine-point shift in the results, from the 26th, which was Monday, and a five-point shift in the results that were Sunday, and changed those numbers.”
“Never in my life have I ever seen this. They were cooking the numbers. Cooking them,” Caddell exclaimed. “All of the media believes the American people are yokels, and that they are fools, and they’re there to be manipulated, so that they – the press, the better people – can set the tone.”
“It’s like what you saw in Europe on Brexit,” he said. “Polling is a complicated business at this point, for many reasons, which we don’t have time for. But when you go, and you decide, ‘My God, we can’t report those results, it’s helping Trump,’ so that in order to do it, you have to cook your numbers, and your polling – and you can do it in so many ways, you can do it in the way you ask the questions, the sequencing, whatever. But to just go back and say, ‘we’ll take these people out, and give them to her,’ is unbelievable. And that’s what it appears they’ve done, to me, as I’ve been able to dig it out.”
Caddell issued a public request that the American Association of Public Opinion, which he described as “an association of, basically, academics that is supposed to monitor, and has only once in its history actually censured anyone,” investigate the Reuters poll.
However, he expected that the Association would “turn their heads too, because in this country, integrity and truth have now fallen behind. Our obligation to citizens has fallen behind the obligation to your political ambitions, or party. No one will speak out.”
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