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. Judy

    The Kennedy era is over. Nothing but history now.

    March 10, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. Ricardo

    Why does it take an outgoing congressman to tell the media they are the scum bags they are? How much the media has cjanged in my 67 years. And not for the better.

    March 10, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  3. Lumberton Don

    MY OH MY – What's all this "hollering" about the press? Has everyone forgotton how the press...ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN shoved Obama down everyone's throat all year long last year? You will not find a single derogatory news item on Obama. Not a one! But no one was complaining about the press then!!

    March 10, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  4. Zander

    Not to worry, Patrick baby. You Dems have the best reporters money
    can buy.

    March 10, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. G

    Rahm wanted to destroy Massa for not voting on health care and he did and the media helped him do it. Rahm Emmanuel played on Massa's homophobia or fear of being "outed" to get him out of the congress. The whole thing is very sad. President Obama needs to fire Rahm Emmanuel. The guy makes the Obama administration look nasty.

    March 10, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. paul

    The press is there to make money period. It is true that the press covers trivia because it increases subscription and advertising rates keeping the press alive. Thats the bottom line period.

    March 10, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. Michael T

    In other yet more important news, Obama announces details of the Easter eggs that will be used on the annual front lawn event.

    March 10, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. Hot Dog

    The media has become more commentary especially on political issures rather than reporting news as it occurs thirty or forty years ago.

    March 10, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  9. Where's the Money

    Kennedy, part of the corrupt, do-nothing congress, with so much money he has no clue about any real problems in the country. Hint: it is not Afghanistan-it's jobs and bailouts of connected companies.

    March 10, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. whatdouno

    Gad zooks....where did all the good looks from this family go?

    March 10, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. Barbara

    Yes, I watch CNN, and used to think of it as a fairly unbiased organization. Perhaps it still is, BUT,,, instead of presenting the NEWS as it happens, without commentary or opinion, we are deluged with talking heads spewing rhetoric that is sometimes so slanted as to be laughable. We ARE able to follow the story without being hand held by every supposed Expert. Tired of the same old talking points – analysis by the sometimes stupid, oft-times biased hacks. You seize on minutia and make the stretch so elastic it becomes the "theme of the day". You can do better you know.

    March 10, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. marcus (seattle)

    well, there's no denying his statement is valid. even the major news networks have lowered themselves to being just a shade above the National Enquirer. this website itself constantly wastes space on the rubbish spewing from sarah palin's mouth, avoiding truly important news items in the process. it's worse than a shame, and actually just another indicator the US is travelling down that road to ruin that marked the end of the roman empire.

    March 10, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  13. Gerry NH

    Must be time for an election and he only has support of 31% of the people of Rhode Island. Must be some smart people in RI.

    March 10, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. Annie, Atlanta

    We need news we can use. I don't want infotainment. I don't want to see ever have to be subjected to corporate sponsored town hallers that slant our reality to benefit those corporate masters. I don't want the news to benefit their corporate masters. I don't want to see 6 republicans for every 1 democrat. I just want the news. I don't want to hear Dick Cheney spouting off his fear inducing talking points without being called out on his nonsense. I don't want to see Karl Rove anywhere passing off his pack of lies as credible. And Tom DeLay is under indictment. He has no business being treated as relevant. If I want Fran Townsend's opinion, I'll seek her out. She's a political hack and obviously isn't credible, if Wolfe Blitzer on the Situation Room discredits everything that comes out of her mouth. And Massa has a serious mental problem. He changes his story every time he opens his mouth. Leave him alone.

    March 10, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  15. Matt Holmes

    Seems to me the press has been pretty kind to the POTUS. He's been seemingly untouchable since before he was elected.
    Andy's comment at 4:41 was spot on and truly humorous.
    I wish the media would spend more time on actual news and less time on hollywood, Tiger Woods, and the like. They fail the citizens and do us a disservice by calling that stuff news. That crap belongs on ET.
    I don't watch Fox News, but it seems a lot of people decry what they do, which frankly, makes me think they are on to something. Truth is kryptonite to liberals, and D.C. is currently full of liberals.

    March 10, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  16. Andy

    Please remember that whereever you stand on this issue that Patrick Kennedy might literally have the lowest IQ of anyone to ever enter the halls of Congress. I am not saying that to be mean, Patty just was not blessed with intelligence. He is probably unaware if it was not for the media, a blank slate like himself would never have gotten elected.

    March 10, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  17. kas

    PS That would be" round"...

    March 10, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  18. MD

    When was the last time CNN covered ANYTHING substantial about the wars in Afganistan or Iraq? I don't recall it EVER happening. You know, real, investigative reporting? I challenge anyone to show me just one example. All we get is trivial drama – no substantial investigative reporting – you know, the kind that keeps our government in check – can't make money on that...

    March 10, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  19. P Chacho

    Despicable is what this mans family has been for 3 or more generations. I respect somewhat JFK but the rest of the family has contributed greatly to the demise of the USA. The press has propped up liberals and progressives recently to the point that they are violating their constitutional responsibility of being nonpartisan. However, his family has been more than fairly treated by the media.I'm glad he will be gone shortly. His whole family should give us all a rest.

    March 10, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  20. MatthewDetroit

    Kennedy is an irrelevant idiot, much like his family.

    We will all be better off when this hypocritical family is dead and gone and no longer "serving" making money off of the US citizens.

    Get rid of all they Kennedys'.

    March 10, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  21. Thomas

    Funny listening to all of left agreeing with him on this after they have been so guilty of being sucked into the left wing media agenda for the last 20 years.

    March 10, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  22. The Second Coming

    I couldn't agree with you more. The "press" is a joke. Our economy is about to collapse, people are losing their jobs and homes on a daily basis, our American troops are sacrificing their lives for us on a daily basis with no coverage of what they are actually doing, and this administration is slowly stripping away our civil liberties daily. These are just a few of the problems, but yet the media chooses to focus on sports, entertainment, and the like to distract everyone's attention away from what is really happening to our country. Pathetic. Put your faith in God, not man.

    March 10, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  23. ToughLove

    Crazy hysterics!
    The media is in Obama's pocket...he wants them to focus on health care because it is his "trophy project". So...they do!

    I think he is somewhat "ashamed" of our military strength in Afghanistan (and everywhere else) because it goes against his natural liberal anti-military bias.

    Mr. Kennedy knows this. He's just getting frustrated with our leader...like most Americans.

    March 10, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  24. Joe

    CNN, are you even covering what they were debating on the floor? The headline above implies this guy just ranted on general media coverage of law making. This is an important debate that should be discussed in the media.

    March 10, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  25. Sharon

    Our troops need to come home-but the President doesn't know where he would put them.

    The war needs to end–the proof

    While Gates visited the troops out on the battlefield-the Afghanistan leader was greating the leader of Iran.

    It is madness-yes the (arab world) are united together by their muslims belief.

    But when you have Gates visiting our troops–the leader of Afghanistan greeting the Iranian leader--SO WHO IS FOOLING WHOM?

    March 10, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
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