In what was likely his final press conference as President, Barack Obama praised Hillary Clinton, and ripped the media for what he called the “troubling” coverage of her presidential campaign.
“I’ve said before that I couldn’t be prouder of Secretary Clinton, her outstanding service,” Obama said. “I think she has worked tirelessly on behalf of the American people, and I don’t think she was treated fairly during the election. I think the coverage of her and the issues was troubling.”
Obama was particularly bothered by the media’s coverage of the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign manager John Podesta’s emails released by WikiLeaks, which he believes was a contributing factor in her defeat.
“I’m finding it a little curious that suddenly everyone’s acting surprised that this looked like it was disadvantaging Hillary Clinton, because you guys wrote about it every day,” said Obama. “Every single leak. About every little juicy tidbit of political gossip, including John Podesta’s risotto recipe.”
Obama added that coverage of the emails became an “obsession” for the media, and that the country should reflect on how they could let such an important presidential election, with such a contrast in candidates, wind up getting dominated by the email leaks.
What’s really troubling, though, is Obama trying to blame the media for contributing to Clinton’s defeat when the media went all-out to defeat Trump. Also troubling is his refusal to acknowledge that Hillary was a terrible candidate whose loss will have negative, long-term ramifications for the Democrats.