Accuracy in Media

Former President Barack Obama took another jab at his media arch-nemesis when he joked Friday that if he watched Fox News, he wouldn’t have voted for himself.

Obama was speaking at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi when he made his comments about the conservative cable news network.

While discussing social media and other media outlets, Obama accused networks like Fox News of creating “information silos,” where the news is designed to fit the viewers profile.

“Those who watch Fox News and those who read the New York Times occupy completely different realities,” he said.

Obama fixated on Fox News, saying that the network portrays him “in weird ways.”

“If I watch Fox News, I wouldn’t vote for me,” he said. “I would watch it and say who is that guy? This character Barack was portrayed in weird ways. It is all edited and shaped. … The point is, you get multiple realities.”

This isn’t the first time that Obama has commented on Fox’s coverage of him.

In November 2016, he said the same thing to Bill Maher  while complaining about news “filters” and the “balkanization” of the media with Fox News being the main culprit.

And in October 2009, Obama’s White House Communications Director Anita Dunn called Fox News “the research arm of the Republican party”

President Trump on the other hand has repeatedly praised Fox News–even calling them more important than CNN in the U.S. while continuing his attacks on CNN as a purveyor of ‘Fake news.”


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