Accuracy in Media

In a series of interviews with The Atlantic‘s Ta-Nehisi Coates, President Obama accused Fox News and Rush Limbaugh of vilifying him and creating a “fictional” Obama to distort his record.

In the first interview, Obama said that the conservative attacks on him ramped up once Sarah Palin was nominated as the GOP vice presidential candidate, and went into full swing after he was elected in 2008:

“In 2008 I was never subjected to the kind of concentrated vilification of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, the whole conservative-media ecosystem, and so as a consequence, even for my first two years as a senator I was polling at 70 percent. And it was because people basically saw me unfiltered. I was at a town-hall meeting, or I was talking to people directly, or they had met me, or I would speak at a university or go to a VFW hall. But they weren’t seeing some image of me as trying to take away their stuff and give it to black people, and coddle criminals, and all the stereotypes of not just African American politicians but liberal politicians. You started to see that kind of prism being established towards the end of the 2008 race, particularly once Sarah Palin was the nominee. And obviously almost immediately after I was elected, it was deployed in full force. And it had an impact in terms of how a large portion of white voters would see me.”

Obama kept up the “blame the conservative media” blame game in his second interview:

“[O]ne of the things you understand, and it’s hard to do, but you—and I’m not saying I’m impervious to criticism—but one of the things that you come pretty early on to understand in this job, and you start figuring out even during the course of the campaign, is that there’s Barack Obama the person and there’s Barack Obama the symbol, or the office holder, or what people are seeing on television, or just a representative of power. And so when people criticize or respond negatively to me, usually they’re responding to this character that they’re seeing on TV called Barack Obama, or to the office of the presidency and the White House and what that represents. And so you don’t take it personally. You understand that if people are angry that somehow the government is failing, then they are going to look to the guy who represents government. And that applies, by the way, even to some of the folks who are now Trump supporters. They’re responding to a fictional character named Barack Obama who they see on Fox News or who they hear about through Rush Limbaugh.”

All that Fox, Rush and the rest of the so-called conservative media ecosystem did was to try and portray Obama in a more truthful way—not through the prism of the liberal media, which helped elect him.

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  • beladnj

    This dude can’t get past everything being someone else’s fault for his deficiencies.

  • BakkenBill

    “Fictional Obama”? Hmm… My observation over these 8 years has shown that little Barry O’s opinion of himself Is the Fictional Obama.
    To be so short sighted and naive as to believe extremists can be won over by kindness is Fictional.
    Theirs is a culture that perceives kindness as a weakness, and weakness needs removal from their world. Survival of the fittest so to speak.
    His moral high ground to deny extremists their due by saying it aloud has only infuriated and strengthened them. To treat them like a child having a tantrum hasn’t worked.
    His ideals have proven his legacy to in fact be the Fictional Obama.

  • efred1

    No, the only ‘fictional’ Obama is the one he and the MSM created for himself. He’s a spoiled, petulant man-child that’s always had everything handed to him on a silver platter. He can’t leave soon enough for me.

  • Richard Tebaldi

    Mr. Obama was “vilified” due to his actions, not “fictional conjecture”. He has an ability to excuse himself from bad decisions and literally ignores the fact that he’s made them. This makes him sound phony. He allows his mistakes to roll off his back instead of correcting them.
    He opened he eyes of the independent voter and the results show.
    TRUMP WAS/IS the only candidate that offered change for the better. NOW TRUMP must produce to save America. Hillary, as a lifetime politician with LOTS OF BAGGAGE, lost because she is out of touch with America. We HOPE TRUMP is who he says he is, and do what he said he’d do, and not let CONGRESS WATER DOWN legislation to make it ineffective as they have in the past!

  • horrible deplorable raynbene

    26 days to get this phony, lyingest liar out of OUR White House !!

  • drumdad

    My word. Is his entire worldview based on his racism ? I’ve never heard/seen anyone else, regardless of skin colour, mention race so often as this man does.