“The goals of the Obama Foundation, and one of the goals of my post-presidency, is how do we return to that?”
Former President Barack Obama said during an interview Tuesday with CBS News that thing he is “most worried about” is the that the mainstream media narrative of events is no long accepted by many Americans as “a common set of facts.”
“The thing that I’m most worried about is the degree to which we now have a divided conversation, in part because we have a divided media, right?” Obama told Nate Burleson, who is not really a journalist, but rather a former NFL player.
He further explained, “I’m much older than you… 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 because of the splintering of the media, we almost occupy different realities,” Obama continued, adding “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.”
Obama further complained that in this day and age some people refuse to believe media narratives.
“Now people will say, well, that didn’t happen, or I don’t believe that,” he complained, asserting that “one of, I think, the goals of the Obama Foundation, and one of the goals of my post-presidency, is how do we return to that common conversation? How can we have a common set of facts?”
Obama went on to talk about gun control as an example of one issue he wants to see Americans accept a “common set of facts” on.
“We may disagree on gun violence in terms of what the best prescriptions are, but we can’t deny the data that says the United States has levels of gun violence that are 5, 10, 15 times more than other countries,” he stated, adding “So if we say it is just a mental health problem, well, it’s not like there aren’t people with mental health problems in those other countries. What’s the difference? This is probably the difference. Now, we can have a debate. But at least we’ve agreed on some facts.”
Is Obama concerned that the ‘reality’ we occupy is no longer forged by what the establishment media and their NFL players/comedians/entertainers turned ‘reporters’ are bought to push as the case by their corporate sponsors?
As the interview went on, Obama cited Australia as a model of gun control, noting that in that country there was “one mass shooting 50 years ago and they said, we’re not doing that anymore,” before outlawing all firearms.
“That is normally how you would expect a society to respond when your children are at risk,” Obama declared.