Former President Barack Obama lamented the diminishing importance of the mainstream media as “the curators and the gatekeepers for what’s acceptable and what’s not,” blaming in part “a particular paranoia among some segment of that conservative population,” which led to the rise of the conservative media ecosystem.
Obama made his comments during an interview  with Oprah Winfrey on AppleTV+ about his latest memoir, “A Promised Land.”
“Part of what I write about is the degree to which the media changes in a way that I did not fully anticipate,” Obama told Winfrey. “You couldn’t even see it, but it started just as I’m getting elected the importance of mainstream, the old network. Walter Cronkite, the Nightly News, New York Times, Washington Post, them being sort of the curators and the gatekeepers for what’s acceptable and what’s not.