In an interview with Vox Media, President Obama blamed the increasing polarization of American politics on the “balkanization” of the media that he says for the most part has led to the news being disseminated by the “Fox News/Rush Limbaugh” folks and the “MSNBC folks.”
Obama made his comments in response to a question from Vox Media’s Ezra Klein on what advice he would give his successor, considering that he is the most polarizing President in history:
[A] lot of it has to do with the fact that a) the balkanization of the media means that we just don’t have a common place where we get common facts and a common worldview the way we did 20, 30 years ago. And that just keeps on accelerating, you know. And I’m not the first to observe this, but you’ve got the Fox News/Rush Limbaugh folks and then you’ve got the MSNBC folks and the — I don’t know where Vox falls into that, but you guys are, I guess, for the brainiac-nerd types. But the point is that technology, which brings the world to us also allows us to narrow our point of view. That’s contributed to it.
I can understand Obama’s desire to return to things being like they were 20 to 30 years ago, before we had the explosive growth of cable news and the Internet. Back then there were few, if any, choices in how we received our news. It was a common worldview alright, the liberal worldview, that was being spoon-fed to us day after day and night after night.
Technology hasn’t narrowed our viewpoints, it has done exactly the opposite and opened up a world of opinions and viewpoints. Obama was fine with that when the media were solidly in his corner, but after numerous scandals. a terrible economy and a disastrous foreign policy, the liberal media are not as fond of the President as they once were. So now they are the scapegoats for the problems he has created through his arrogance and disrespect for opposing views.
It would be nice if we had a president who would show some backbone and accept responsibility for the problems he has created, but it looks like we’ll have to wait until the next election, at the earliest, before that occurs.