President Obama was taken to task by the political media for comments he made in a speech Monday night.
During a speech at a press-freedom awards ceremony, Obama accused the media of superficial reporting and being unwilling to refute untrue statements from political figures.
He claimed political reporters are failing to accurately cover Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, accusing them of relying too much on the popularity of their tweets.
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Joe Scarborough, host for MSNBC’s Morning Joe, responded to the accusations by saying, “There’s a man lecturing the media on how to do their business. The man who has not sat down for an extended interview with the Washington Post in seven and a half years, and yet gladly submits himself to being interviewed by YouTube stars who sit in bathtubs with milk and Fruitloops.”
The president has been known to employ unconventional media sites, such as You Tube to promote his political views. His administration has received criticism for being non-transparent, as well as its failure to expediently respond to Freedom of Information requests.
In his speech, Obama criticized the media for supplying free coverage to the Trump campaign, while failing to critically assess his policy positions.
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According to Obama, voters would be, “better served if billions in free media came with serious accountability, especially when politicians issue unworkable plans or make promises they can’t keep, and there are reporters here who know they can’t keep them.”
A number of reporters used Twitter to infer Obama’s remarks were aimed at coverage that was negative to him or Democrats. Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson mirrored this view on Morning Joe saying, “It just drives me nuts, [Obama] lectures us about how to cover Donald Trump, basically.”
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