On Monday, President Obama had laid some of the blame for tone of presidential campaign on the political journalism that has been strained by the shrinking newsroom budgets & cheapened by a focus on the likes and retweets on the social media.
President Obama, in a speech to a journalism awards dinner had urged the journalists to ask harder questions of the candidates who are in the presidential race. President Barrack Obama had also voiced disappointment over the violence at rallies, the vulgar rhetoric & the unrealistic campaign promises that have grabbed the headlines, referring to Donald Trump.
“The number 1 question I am getting as I travel around the world or talk to world leaders right now is, ‘What’s happening in America?’ about our politics,” said President Obama explaining the international alarm over whether US will continue to function effectively.
“It is not because around the world people have not seen crazy politics. It’s that they understand America is the place where you cannot afford completely crazy politics,” he added.
“When our elected officials & our political campaigns become entirely untethered to reason & facts & analysis, when it does not matter what is true and what is not, that makes it all but impossible for us to make good decisions on behalf of the future generations,” said Obama.
He said that the media landscape changed since his first presidential campaign, when “there was a price if you said 1 thing & then did something completely different.
“The question is, in the current media environment, is that still true?” said put forth the question.
Obama also said that the news organizations have a accountability to dig deeper in spite of the faster pace of “this smartphone age” & the steep financial stress in news business.
The Voters “would be better served if the billions of dollars in free media came with serious accountability, especially when politicians issue unworkable plans or make promises they cannot keep,” said Obama.