In a recent press conference, President Obama gallantly attempted to defend his nation against fake news from abroad by suggesting we need to crack down on free speech here at home:
"If fake news that's being released by some foreign government is almost identical to reports that are being issued through partisan news venues, then it's not surprising that that foreign propaganda will have a greater effect," stated the President. "It doesn't seem that far-fetched compared to some of the other stuff folks are hearing from domestic propagandists."
He added, “To the extent that our political dialogue is such that everything is under suspicion, everybody's corrupt and everybody is doing things for partisan reasons and all of our institutions are, you know full of malevolent actors and if that's the story that is being put out there, then when a foreign government introduces that same argument, the facts are made up, voters who have been listening to that stuff for years, who have been getting that stuff every day from talk radio or other venues, they're going to believe it."
To counteract “fake news” issued by foreign governments or external state-sponsored actors the American government should silence those domestic voices and entities with whom it disagrees?
"So, if we — if we want to really reduce foreign influence on our elections, then we better think about how to make sure that our — our political process, our political dialogue is stronger than it’s been,” Obama opined.
Dialogue stronger than, say, “You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic—you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he he lifted them up?”
Stronger even than that, Mr. President?
The outgoing President also took time to berate the media for its “obsession” with the “gossip” from the DNC emails published by Wikileaks. Obsession? They barely mentioned them. Hid them. Buried them. They were too busy gossiping about Trump’s latest faux pas to delve into such a trifling matter as the Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States “hating every day Americans.”
Polls show that a significant majority of Americans- including many, many Democrats- realize that the media is clearly biased in favor of liberal/progressive politicians and policies. When this most partisan of presidents talks of “partisan news venues” and “domestic propagandists,” he is simply attempting to delegitimize anyone who disagrees with his own rigidly radical views.