As President Trump stares into the prospect of being impeached and even removed from office, his chances of averting that eventuality rests on keeping the Republican Senate in line, which in turn depends on the right-wing media that keeps the Republican base voters loyal to the embattled president. Apart from the Fox News on cable TV, Rush Limbaugh on the radio waves, a leading voice of Trump on the internet is the Daily Caller, which was cofounded an Indian-American.
Neil Patel has worn many hats in life -- political advisor, legal counsel, and investment advisor — but his heart lies essentially in politics, rightwing politics to be specific.
Patel, who along with veteran journalist Tucker Carlson cofounded Daily Caller, a conservative news and opinion website in 2010 in Washington D.C. has served in the White House from 2005 to 2008 as the chief policy adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, before which he was staff secretary to Cheney from 2001 to 2004.
Prior to joining the Bush administration, Patel was assistant general counsel at UUNET Technologies. Earlier in his career, he practiced law and also served as Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People’s Republic of China.
Patel received his B.A. from Trinity College (CT) and his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Law and Policy in International Business.
“I am a political junkie who was super interested in politics in school,” Patel said in a podcast on Ways Innovation Research Center in January this year. “Therefore, right after college, I moved to D.C., worked in sort of center right free market policy world for a while until I realized how difficult it is to make a living in that role.”
Patel said he then went to law school and started practicing law until by his admission he realized, how much he disliked securities law. Patel served as Assistant General Counsel at UUNET Technologies, Inc., a WorldCom company.
At UUNET, one of the world’s leading carriers of internet traffic, Patel was involved in a broad array of technology policy issues, including e-commerce, internet taxation, and internet security and abuse. He also served as UUNET’s lead for law enforcement issues.
Patel lives in Washington, D.C., and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with his wife, Amy, their two daughters, Caroline and Bela, and their son, Charlie.
After leaving Cheney’s office when Patel and Tucker founded the Daily Caller, the idea was to provide news and information or what the co-founders described as “real reporting.”
In a speak piece Tucker and Patel wrote this month that the press admittedly hates Donald Trump, adding that the bias the press shows toward most Republicans turns to outright hostility when it comes to Trump. “Once you've convinced yourself your opponent is an evil racist, it's not hard to justify doing anything you can to stop him. Many in the press corps have admitted this. Most haven't, but it's definitely the prevalent attitude in the dominant liberal media.
“How can we have a fair election in this environment? That question is coming to a head now with regard to Joe Biden and his son's alleged corruption.”
In the podcast Patel recalled that before launching the Daily Caller, he knew that news business was changing but the pace of the change was more dramatic than people were realizing.
“I started wondering why anyone on the right – conservatives, free market people (who) for years have complained that press is biased, press is against us and is a big hindrance to our policy preferences – why they are not taking advantage of the opportunity where starting a news organization has gone down from tens or hundreds of million dollars of infrastructure and printing presses to literally extremely low.
“In my mind no one on the right was taking advantage of it,” Patel said in the podcast explaining the reason behind launching Daily Caller.
Speaking to India Abroad about whether Indian-Americans will abandon Democrats and support Trump, Patel said that it has “always amazed” him that “so many more Indian-Americans vote for Democrats than Republicans.” He said it’s because, “I think that as a party the Democrats have done a much better job with outreach.” He added: “In my own family I see much more of an even split.”
Noting that he’s “not sure how much things will change this election cycle, he said, “ but I would guess that Trump’s event with Modi and general pro-India position may help.” He added that the event in Houston “was remarkable and the lack of press coverage of it was noteworthy."
CNN Business said in a report Oct 5 that in a sign that the right-wing media's relentless defense of President Trump may be cracking, Fox News host Tucker Carlson published an op-ed with Daily Caller co-founder and publisher Neil Patel zinging Trump for his call with Ukraine's president.
“Donald Trump should not have been on the phone with a foreign head of state encouraging another country to investigate his political opponent, Joe Biden, Carlson and Patel wrote. “Some Republicans are trying, but there's no way to spin this as a good idea.”
Carlson and Patel added, “Like a lot of things Trump does, it was pretty over-the-top. Our leaders' official actions should not be about politics. Those two things need to remain separate. Once those in control of our government use it to advance their political goals, we become just another of the world's many corrupt countries. America is better than that.”
The report said now, the two Daily Caller founders did use the same op-ed to applaud investigations into the Obama administration. And they did write that “it's hard to argue" that Trump's conduct rises “to the level of an impeachable offense.