March 10th, 2010
09:39 PM ET
8 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. adidasaj

    Thank God for Obama.

    Were it for Bush or the current Republican party, the country would be far worse off!

    March 10, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  2. Joe

    The real story is the War Powers Act and the unconstitutionality of the foreign occupation of Afghanistan. Congress was debating the withdrawal of troops.

    March 10, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. indy

    The media was covering the President of his travels to get his health care bill passed. Nothing is more important than having President Obama on television. He is the news. Apparently Mr. Kennedy didn't get the memo.

    March 10, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  4. liz

    The mainstream media have had their cojones in cold storage since 2000, when Bush stole the presidency. and Faux News is just the propaganda arm of the repulsivecan party. nice to see someone finally rip them the new one they so richly deserve. we wonder why so many people are against the health care reform bill that will do so much good for them and their families. this is why! the lies the'right' spreads are not challenged and exposed for what they are and the more gullible among us buy them. then the people who initiated the lies crow that the bill needs to be killed because so many are against it. this is moral bankruptcy at it's worst and the media are enabling it.

    March 10, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  5. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    National press corps: Kennedy despicable!

    March 10, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  6. Willy Brown

    They were just covering the Embarrassment in Chief on St Louis today.

    March 10, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. pastorofdisaster

    Nice little editorial CNN defending yourselves. You should delete your last sentence in fairness. After the deplorable job you all did in the set up to the Iraqi war I think you are fair game for criticism on this front.

    March 10, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. Darlene

    Out of control as most Kennedy's

    March 10, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  9. Texas Jack

    He thinks the media is 'despicable'. What does he think his whole Kennedy clan are. No one wants anything else to do with them. Why is this mano or weasel whichever he turns out to be have a right to even be on the floor. They have killed, been killed and are still trying to run our country into the manure pile right along beside them. PLEASE NO MORE KENNEDYS.

    March 10, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  10. Wayne Messer

    I am no fan of the media but, I'm almost sure they do not legislate.

    It is sad that a Kennedy be so belligerent at least in the house.

    Doesn't he know he should do it driving to work drunk or drugged.

    I guess when you are can't do any legislating you attack something to throw the blame on them.

    I say throw all of congress and the senate out and let the media have a shot at it they can't do any worse.

    March 10, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  11. Joan

    I miss the integrity of journalists like Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, Peter Jennings, Tim Russert and others who reported the news accurately as it happened. They didn't exaggerate it, speculate about it, sensationalize it and put their own spin on it. I resent when political pundits from both sides tear speeches apart and tell us what we are supposed to think about it. For heavens sake, air the speeches in their entirety and let people make up their own minds. There seems to be too much air time on cable TV to fill with relevant stories about national and world affairs. The BBC seems to be able to do it though. Too much time is spent on tabloid journalism and meaningless polls which is an insult to the intelligence of the American people. I took a break from cable news and came back to find that it still as annoying and disappointing as ever.

    March 10, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. m smith

    The man is correct. Not much coverage on the 1000 people protesting for health care. None on fox but get 3 tea baggers togeather and the news is all over it especially that tabloid rag fox.

    March 10, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  13. NJ Pilot

    Kennedy is right.
    If he wore a lime green hat and crazy sunglasses, Fox (and others) would waste endless hours reporting that "news".
    But when he does something substantive (but not ensational) the "reporters" (what a joke) disappear.

    March 10, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  14. Tony in Maine

    There are some truly sick people commenting on this story.

    Seek help immediately, Andy.

    March 10, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  15. marty

    Finally someone noticed that our media has become the Dem and Rep news. It's sad that we can't turn on our televisions without getting this garbage they call news. It is not our congress or president that's destroying our great country, it's the Media. For all the people out there that want their country back, start by asking Cable News.

    March 10, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  16. Honest Abe

    His little military handler that follows him around everywhere should have been monitoring his meds better.

    March 10, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  17. Look

    Thank Patrick. Let put it that way:

    Fox News is the lyer everyone know. But CNN is the devil very few know about. It is just a matter of time and revolution will come.

    God bless the United States of America.

    March 10, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  18. Michael, Gallatin, TN

    Some things really go without saying. The sky is blue. Water is wet. Democrats don't understand power. Republicans live in the past. The media is brainless.

    March 10, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  19. Tom

    Is the pot calling the kettle black?

    March 10, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  20. nursew3

    I think everyone needs to take a breath. The media prints and produces what they think we want to hear. Plain and simple folks. It is all about the ratings and the advertising. Perhaps there needs to be a media source that is not biased and just deals with the facts ma'am is C-SPAN. Check them out between 7am and 10am.

    March 10, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  21. Dani from AZ

    well said, rich s. Everyone thinks that the media always reports the truth and want to bury their head in the sand when they hear something they don't like.

    March 10, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  22. moderate

    its hard to take someone seriously when they're acting hysterically.

    March 10, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  23. Daniel

    I couldn't agree more with Kennedy about the right-wing press.These people always put a right-wing slant on all their reporting.What angered Kennedy was their conspicuous absence in the House.What angers me is that when they report in Afghanistan they tout the victories but never say anything about the suffering of the people.

    March 10, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  24. sara

    StevenR is absolutely correct, and anyone singing the praises of Faux news (faux means fake, by the way) and that blast box bill o'reilly is living in an alternate reality. There is nothing fair or balanced on faux news, and very little anywhere else except C-Span.

    Even Smear King Carl Rove is trying to distance the repugs from the tea party wackos.

    For those of you making Chappaquidick references, may I remind you of Tricky Dick Nixon who nearly brought down the government, or Reagan selling arms to the contras and making money for that little clandestine affair by manufacturing and selling methamphetamines? Or your good budy Joe McCarthy? Or do any of you remember any of those good old days?

    March 10, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  25. Jeremiah

    For all of you who are claiming that "it's about time someone did this to the media" Apparently you are a few years behind. Minnesota had Jesse Ventura for Governor. All he's done for the past 12 years is call out the media, since the day he started running.
    So if you're thinking Kennedy is the first one.. he is by far not even close.
    And Kennedy is completely uninformed, as CNN and other posters here have shown, this entire thing was on C-Span and usually is covered live there.

    March 10, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
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