March 10th, 2010
09:39 PM ET
5 years ago

Kennedy: National press corps 'despicable'

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-Rhode Island, blasted national reporters Wednesday for focusing on trivialities instead of the war in Afghanistan.

While delivering a speech, Kennedy spotted only a handful of reporters sitting in the press gallery overlooking the House floor. But because House floor debates are televised, reporters often monitor the proceedings from their desks outside the chamber where they can more easily take notes and work on computers.


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  1. Andy

    A Kennedy critizing someone for being less than honorable,kinda like putting a pedophile in charge of a day care.

    March 10, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. File under "Sarcasm"

    One politician's crusade is another politician's trivality.

    March 10, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. rdepontb

    Andy,
    What a twit statement you made. Is that the way you'd like someone to speak of your family, of your family name, of your friends, of those who support you? "A Kennedy..."-no, three Kennedy brothers, in fact-gave their lives in service to this country. Was it just to attract this kind of mindless wisecrack? I don't think so. Would your Mom?

    March 10, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. Sarah B. Frates

    Good for Kennedy! It is time someone called the press to task for their sensationalism and failure to tell the public the truth about what is going on these days. But it is the American people's fault for not reading newspapers and for demanding soft news. They let the news media get by with telling lies and just making stuff up. Fox, of course, is the worst, but there is a lot of blame to go around.

    March 10, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Barbara

    Patrick Kennedy is "right on"......... The Massa story does not carry nearly the public interest than those of the Afghanistan war... but... the Massa story has all the ingredients the press loves.... hints of sex... hints of illness.... hints of political pressure... and.... HINTS OF MADNESS!... Priorities anyone?

    March 10, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Tim C

    Yes, that's right.

    March 10, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. usualone

    The public likes sensatializing of issues and therefore the media is going there. The media is really taking the easy way out and it would be refreshing if they would focus on important issues to all, rather than the minutia of small people. Rep. Kennedy could have chosen a better word to describe the media. In fairness to them, that is what the people want, at least the people who write on the blogs about the trivialities. What these blogs show is that there are scarey bunch of people out there who simply "hate" if the opponent to their ideas expresses his/her ideas. Perhaps if the media didn't cover such issues, these people would "go back in the closet" with their cruel expressions of hatred.,,and over small matters too. If they were confronted with real issues, I wouldn't want to know how they would react.

    March 10, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Dar

    Poor baby, not getting enough press time sweet heart. Poor thing.

    Dem's, whine, whine, whine

    March 10, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. Texas Doc

    They are despicable. A Republican says "No" and they get all excited,.A Democrat tries to change things for the better and they wonder who Sarah Palin is twittering. This country owes the Kennedys whether you like them or not. At least they look out for people other than the rich or influential. I shudder to think what this land would look like without them.

    March 10, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Max Par in NY

    He is 100% right. The media gave days of coverage to Michael Jackson...but I havent heard crap about Sudan in years...its really not right.

    March 10, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. randy

    Does Kennedy realize that most Americans think congress is despicable..

    March 10, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. Alicia+6

    Patrick you are absolutely right!! The press has turned into a bunch of Tabloid reporters covering insignificant stories, are we are not hearing important news. I am so glad you said this!!!

    March 10, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. Sally

    Kennedy is absolutely correct...the media focuses on nonsense, any story with a sexual angle, incessant stories about Palin, and other tabloid mindlessness. Drivel, pure drivel!

    March 10, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. Scott in NH

    There is no free or responsible media in America. A million people died in Ira (a country that had no WMD, part in 9/11 or Al Qaeda). The horrifying photos and tearjerking stories appeared on the covers of newspapers and television screens world-wide. I have not once, in 7 years, seen one of these stories or photos on an American newspaper or American TV.

    Our news media fails to ever put dollar figures in per-capita per year. Since people can't understand the difference between million, billion and trillion, they end up just as concerned over a highway sign that cost them under a nickle or an FAA catered meatball that cost them less than a cent as they do the Iraq war, which cost their family more than $10,000.

    The net effect of infotainment news is that it is turning the bulk of Americans into low-information voters and thereby destroying our democracy and our nation.

    The news media has taken the sacred oath they have been given to bo honest, objective and report on what matters and shat all over it. Our news media has done far more to damage our country than any of our enemies could ever imagine.

    March 10, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. Andrew

    Is he going crazy? He talks about lives being killed, yet he voted for abortion in the Health Care Bill..... This little speech was just staged by his staff to make it seem like he is doing something. He needs to start acting like a human or Christian for that matter.

    March 10, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. vicki

    the media is more than despicable...it loves to report via using "sensationalism" outrageous headlines and any other tactics to attraction attention....too bad they have lost of what "reporting" means: giving the facts....just the facts.

    March 10, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. Rani McBride

    Good for you Mr. Kennedy!!!! And more of Congress should be saying this. These guys are bums! Too bad we don't vote for the Press. I would throw them all out! They are more worried about the trivial Tea Parties and bashing the President than reporting the news. And the American people keep sucking it in. Utterly Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. J R

    About time someone calls out these fools for what they are. That is was a Kennedy is all the more fitting. All news is Breaking News, Gossip news, Opinion news, Reality TV news, Con vs Lib news, All Day In Your Face news-. tired of it all. Miss professional, responsible, unbaised, just the facts journalism Evening News.

    March 10, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  19. Mazyar Kanani

    Well Done Patrick – the media today isn't interested unless there's trashy celebrity tagline to a story. All credit to you Patrick

    March 10, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Oppose the Kennedy's and you're despicable...help them build an empire and you're okay. The Kennedys have been using the press for years and now that the press is biting back they want to cry foul. Here's some news... You can't have it both ways.

    March 10, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. Mike

    A liberal demorat is criticizing the liberal media? How low have they all sunk. The demorats do not want the media to actually cover the news with facts then their health care bill would be even more unpopular. This kennedy punk is just another bed wetting liberal not getting enough face time on tv or coverage in the press.

    March 10, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. Rani McBride

    Yep! Just like Fox News covered the President's meeting with Republicans. You know the one they invited the President to, to show they are being bipartisan. Oh, that's right Fox didn't cover it. Wouldn't want to show the true side of President Obama and show that Republican's are lying. Oh.....and we wouldn't want to show him when he is not using a teleprompter.... (like every other Republican uses in a public speech) No we wouldn't want to show that Republican's are hypocrits!!!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    He's right you know. Massa's mantacular tickle fight extravaganza has received far more press in the past few days than any of the actual business of the country that Congress...at least the Dems...are trying to get done. Reality? If th emedia focused on what was actually important about what is taking place in Congress, instead of soundbites, talking points and other rhetorical drive-bys, it would become abundantly clear to the American people what is going on, which is that one group of people is at least trying to get something done, using facts and evidence to bolster their plans, and the other group is trying to prevent anything whatsoever from getting done, using ideological demogoguery to justify it.

    March 10, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  24. John

    Representative Kennedy is absolutely correct in noting that reporters seem more interested in fringe movements like the Tea Party than in covering important legislation in Congress.

    We have all witnessed the almost complete takeover of the National media by conservative billionaires intent on using the mass media in class warfare. The utter destruction of the Middle Class in America was brought about by the wealthy conservatives aided by media distortion of everyday events.

    We need reform in the media as much as we need reform in Health Care and other important issues before the American people.

    March 10, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. scott

    Thank you.

    March 10, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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