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Obama: Still the Divider-in-Chief

Posted on | June 8, 2021 | No Comments

Because I’m watching CNN, so you don’t have to:

Former President Barack Obama said in a new interview that racial inequality, nationalization of politics and “siloing of the media” is contributing to the intense political divisions in the country.
In a special interview with Anderson Cooper that aired on CNN Monday, the former president bashed Republicans for not pushing back on accusations that the 2020 presidential election was stolen — and questioned a growing debate on critical race theory.
Cooper asked Obama if he felt he had told “the story of race in America” during his eight years as president.
“Each and every time I tried to describe why it is that we are still not fully reconciled with our history,” Obama said. “But, the fact is, it is a hard thing to hear.”
“It’s hard for the majority of this country of white Americans to recognize that, look, you can be proud of this country and its traditions and its history and our forefathers — and yet it is also true that this terrible stuff happened,” he added.
“And that, you know, the vestiges of that linger and continue.” . . .
“But I also think there are certain right wing media venues for example that monetize and capitalize on stoking the fear and resentment of a white population that is witnessing a changing America and seeing demographic changes,” he said.
“And do everything they can to give people a sense that their way of life is threatened and people are trying to take advantage of them.”

Here’s an idea for you, Barry: Since you’re paying so much attention to “certain right wing media,” maybe you’re reading my blog, and let me suggest that perhaps this “fear and resentment” is not entirely irrational, that maybe “their way of life” really is being threatened.

See, for all their talk about “critical theory,” a lot of liberals don’t seem to spend much time critically examining their own beliefs. At least once or twice a week, I switch my TV off Fox News and watch CNN or MSNBC instead, just so I can see what kind of media diet liberals are consuming. This morning, while watching CNN, I not only saw them endlessly replaying and discussing video clips from the Obama interview, but I also noticed what they aren’t covering: Not a single mention of Dr. Fauci and U.S. funding for “gain of function” research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Because the media narrative isn’t only about what they report, it’s also about which stories they downplay or ignore altogether.

Why do you think “certain right wing media” attract an audience, Mr. Obama? Isn’t it because the mainstream media deliberately ignore everything that doesn’t fit their partisan political narrative? Let me know after you read my blog, and we’ll have a “beer summit,” OK?




 

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