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Monday, May 10, 2010

The President continues to whine about the media that don't fawn over him

The man who raised millions through the new media and benefited from the buzz generated on the internet now is complaining because of all the new media is out there.
US President Barack Obama lamented Sunday that in the iPad and Xbox era, information had become a diversion that was imposing new strains on democracy, in his latest critique of modern media.

Obama, who often chides journalists and cable news outlets for obsessing with political horse race coverage rather than serious issues, told a class of graduating university students that education was the key to progress.

"You're coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don't always rank all that high on the truth meter," Obama said at Hampton University, Virginia.

"With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations, -- none of which I know how to work -- information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation," Obama said.

He bemoaned the fact that "some of the craziest claims can quickly claim traction," in the clamor of certain blogs and talk radio outlets.
Gee, was he so upset about blogs and the media when they were bashing Bush?

The President needs to stop whining about criticism. That's part of the job. Yes, there is a lot of nonsense information out there and some of it is critical of him. It has always been thus in politics from all the pamphlets and newspapers engaging in partisan sniping in the 1790s to blogs and talk radio today. If Obama doesn't like the heat, get out of the kitchen.


Rick Caird said...

It is also amusing to watch a serial liar complain about "all kinds of arguments, some of which don't always rank all that high on the truth meter".

So, we gather the new media and less than truthful content is terrific as long as Obama and his troops control the message. If they lose control, no so much.

khan said...

I think your blog post misses the mark a little bit. It's not that Obama can't take the heat (even though he can't), it's about government controlling the means of information. This is what all oppressive governments do, and Obama is no different in his desire. Luckily, our founders recognized this and protected our freedom of speech and freedom of the press from government. Unfortunately, the power-hungry government has brainwashed most into believing that the airwaves are public (they aren't). This is because government wants to control the means of information. Now net neutrality is in the news again...I wonder what the motive is behind that one? Hmmm....

Test said...

Criticism like him not having a US birth certificate?