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Former President Barack Obama wants America to know what keeps him up at night: namely, that the media doesn’t speak with a united voice. Presumably in line with his.
In an interview with CBS News aired Tuesday, the former president lamented that we weren’t still living in the era where three major networks decided what news you would hear and how it was spun.
“The thing that I’m most worried about is the degree to which we’ve now had a divided conversation, in part because we have a divided media,” he said.
“When I was coming up, you had three TV stations. And people were getting a similar sense of what is true and what isn’t, what was real and what was not. Today, what I’m most concerned about is the fact that because of the splintering of the media, we almost occupy different realities.
“If something happens, in the past, everybody could say, ‘All right, we may disagree on how to solve it, but at least we all agree that, yeah, that’s an issue.’
“Now, people will say, ‘Well, that didn’t happen’ or ‘I don’t believe that.’”
According to the former president, “one of the goals of the Obama Foundation and one of the goals of my post-presidency is, how do we return to that common conversation?”
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