President Obama made it clear Monday night whom he blames for the rise of Donald Trump as a force in U.S. politics. Politico reports that Obama, delivering the keynote address at Syracuse University during a dinner celebrating the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, seized the opportunity to point the finger at the media.
Obama talked about the current polarized political landscape and said: “It’s worth asking ourselves what each of us — as politicians, as journalists, but most of all as citizens — may have done” to create that polarization. He added: “Some may be more to blame than others for the current climate, but all of us are responsible for reversing it.”
Politico adds: “The job of a political reporter, he said, is ‘more than just handing someone a microphone.’ Obama continued, ‘It’s to probe and to question and to dig deeper.’”
The report also notes: “Obama has spoken derisively of political coverage that emphasizes the horse race, and in his view, that drives cynicism. He also repeated complaints on Monday about media creating ‘false equivalences,’ saying that if a politician called the world flat, the media would dutifully post the ‘he said-she said’ and bury scientific consensus about the globe’s shape in ‘paragraph five or six.’”