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.Excuse me, but best to my knowledge that's why our founding fathers came up with something called the First Amendment. Besides guaranteeing religious freedom, and not a state-run religion, the founders believed that political speech needed to be protected. Both freedoms have been under relentless assault from liberals.
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.
“All of this is not only putting new pressures on you, it is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy.”
Sister Toldjah points out a couple of interesting items:
Let’s also not forget the fact that the administration is very selective with who it gives “insider access/info” to: Typically the types of MSM journalists who promise not to publish information relevant to today’s news because they want the big scoop for their upcoming book(s), basically the types of journalists who practically sell their souls in order to get the insider view of a lifetime. Not only that, but let’s also not forget what media types the Obama administration prefers to (literally) break bread with, sometimes in “off the record” chit chats: Left wing bloggers, journalists, columnists, and commentators, sympathetic-to-the-admin RINO “bi-partisan” opinionators like David Brooks, and “conservative” poseurs like Andrew Sullivan.To prove her point, we've seen that if you're a conservative new media outlet who dares to have your White House correspondent ask probing questions to Porky Gibbs, chances are, this Administration will make sure you are ostracized from events like the White House Correspondent's Dinner or the White House Press Christmas Party.
Something else to remember: At Obama’s televised first official presser as President, two far left liberals sat in the front row: Sam Stein from the Huffington Post – a guy who believes the Bush administration should be prosecuted for war crimes, and Ed Schultz – an unstable far left character, formerly of talk radio infamy, who shortly after Obama’s presser joined the cast of left wing crazies over at the administration’s preferred network MSDNC. Stein was called on by Obama to ask a question.
The conservative media at that presser, or any other? No where to be found. And if there, certainly not called upon. Then again, it has been a while since the President has had a formal presser. Not only that, but we know how Obama feels about the conservative media anyway (“You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done.”). We also know how he feels about mainstream media news outlets that are perceived to have a conservative slant, too.
To Obama, the blogosphere and talk radio (as well as Fox News) are a threat, because he is a guy who does not want any critical or probing reporting on him or his Administration. Instead, he and his handlers have wanted to "control the message." That's how he got elected, because most of the media (minus Fox, talk radio, blogs) were not willing to vet That One, but conversely were looking into every item of Sarah Palin's or Joe the Plumber's past.
In a free society, that kind of unwillingness to be questioned or allow debate is dangerous. It is the tool of totalitarians to use and tell others how to think.