Jan 24, 2017

President Barack Obama’s Final News Conference (Full Video & Comments On Key Points About The Media)

Background: 1. Post-Truth Is The Word Of The Year But It's Just A Repeat Of "Truthiness" From 2006! Have We Entered An Echo Chamber Of Lies So Big We Can't Even Remember Exposing It?
Video from the NY Times: President Barack Obama’s Final News Conference (Full Video) | The New York Times


What I want to point out here is the conciliatory tone Obama has taken with the press that he himself has mentioned have created fake scandals (frankly, I think he's just glad to be done with this job).

Obama: But I have enjoyed working with all of you. That does not, of course, mean that I’ve enjoyed every story that you have filed, but that’s the point of this relationship. You’re not supposed to be (inaudible) fans, you’re supposed to be skeptics, you’re supposed to ask me tough questions. You’re not supposed to be complimentary, but you’re supposed to cast a critical eye on folks who hold enormous power and make sure that we are accountable to the people who sent us here, and you have done that.

Me: This is flattery at the least, lies at the most. The media has lied, created fake scandals, misdirected the public from important information etc. It's a nice thing to say but it's just not true in any sense of the words. (a list of links proving this are below)
And you have done it for the most part in ways that I could appreciate for fairness, even if I didn’t always agree with your conclusions. And having you in this building has made this place work better. It keeps us honest, it makes us work harder. You have made us think about how we are doing what we do and whether or not we’re able to deliver on what’s been requested by our constituents. And for example, every time you’ve asked why haven’t you cured Ebola yet or why is there still that hole in the Gulf, it has given me the ability to go back and say, “Will you get this solved before the next press conference?

Me: Media... fair? That really is a joke! Even Hillary lost because of the media's fake scandals (they just can't help themselves... since they haven't done real journalism - using all the facts - in decades they just create fake scandals non-stop... most call it "sensationalism"). What Obama should be doing is accusing them of treason (for Iraq war genocide for oil and 9/11) the fact that he won't... even when they messed up his own parties chances with bullsh*t is very interesting to me. But then I've never agreed with Obama on everything.

Related posts;
The following is accurate and in no way applies to our press (corporate media);
Obama: I spent a lot of time on my — in my farewell address talking about the state of our democracy. It goes without saying that essential to that is a free press. That is part of how this place, this country, this grand experiment of self-government has to work. It doesn’t work if we don’t have a well-informed citizenry, and you are the conduit through which they receive the information about what’s taking place in the halls of power.
So America needs you and our democracy needs you. We need you to establish a baseline of facts and evidence that we can use as a starting point for the kind of reasoned and informed debates that ultimately lead to progress. And so my hope is is that you will continue with the same tenacity that you showed us, to do the hard work of getting to the bottom of stories and getting them right and to push those of us in power to be the best version of ourselves and to push this country to be the best version of itself.
Obama: That’s probably the most useful constructive advice and the most constructive advice that I’ve been able to give him, that if you find yourself isolated because the process breaks down or if you’re only hearing from people who agree with you on everything ...

Sounds like that's straight from my post!

or if you haven’t created a process that is fact-checking and probing and asking hard questions about policies or promises that you’ve made, that’s when you start making mistakes.
And as I indicated in some of my previous remarks, reality has a way of biting back if you’re not paying attention to it.
I can agree with that... like the way the people who stalled the economy for 8 years now own the House & Senate because Obama decided to talk it out with a bunch of liars trying to cover-up their 9/11 coverup and subsequent coverups.

A description of normal politics;

Obama: So those are my priorities this year. But as I said before, I’m still a citizen. And I think it is important for Democrats or progressive who feel that they came out on the wrong side of this election to be able to distinguish between the normal back-and-forth, ebb-and-blow of policy. Now, are we going to raise taxes or are we going to lower taxes? Are we going to, you know, expand this program or eliminate this program? You know, how — how concerned are we about air pollution or climate change?
Those are all normal parts of the debate. And as I’ve said before, in a democracy sometimes you’re going to win on those issues and sometimes you’re going to lose. I’m confident about the rightness of my positions on a lot of these points, but we’ve got a new president and a Congress that are going to make their same determinations.
And there will be a back-and-forth in Congress around those issues. And you guys will report on all that.
But there’s a difference between that normal functioning of politics and certain issues or certain moments where I think our core values may be at stake. I put in that category if I saw systematic discrimination being ratified in some fashion. I put in that category explicit or functional obstacles to people being able to vote, to exercise their franchise.

OBAMA: I’d put in that category institutional efforts to silence dissent or the press. 

I would include in this the institutional efforts to silence Bernie Sanders, mislead the nation into war etc. Obviously, this is stuff the media won't mention since their institution/corporation/board did this and that's where they get their paycheck from... so they help them no matter what crimes they want covered up or what crap they want marketted for profit. Here is a list;

I SMASH Corporate Media!!!

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