According to Fox News, President Obama- in an interview he granted to Rolling Stone magazine- lamented the impact he thinks so-called “fake news” had on the recent presidential election. According to Rolling Stone, Obama complained about “the way social media and the internet have changed what people receive as news.” This may explain why he put the internet up for international adoption.
The President also made sure to blame Fox News, stating: “Part of it is Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country…” Why does he think Fox News is in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country? It is surpassingly scary that an American president repeatedly singles out for blame the only television network- traditional broadcast or cable- that doesn’t at least lean left. We know you aren’t fond of the Second Amendment Mr. President, but the First Amendment should be protected- and not selectively so- by everyone in all branches of government. Ah, I guess abolishing the Second Amendment makes extinguishing the First much easier for aspiring rulers.
It is mind-bogglingly ironic that he chose to make these comments to Rolling Stone, given that the magazine and its parent company, Wenner Media, were recently found liable in a $7.5 million libel lawsuit due to the magazine publishing a fake campus rape expose’. Rolling Stone writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s November 2014 article “A Rape on Campus” was eventually totally discredited, and a federal jury found her guilty of “defamation with actual malice.”
So we may never truly know if President Obama actually said what Rolling Stone says he said. Unlike the campus rape story, however, this one seems true. A Rolling Stone gathers no facts, but Obama does love labeling any report or organization that doesn’t shower him and his policies with praise as “fake news,” or purveyors thereof.