President Obama’s terms in office have been rather controversial, but three facts remain true: 1) He loves the poor, apparently, yet poverty has shot up. 2) He loves the poor so much yet he’s clearly sided with the rich, ensuring that the wealth gap has simply exploded under his terms. 3) He doesn’t see the opposition as loyal, but as bad players — his enemy. This is apparently particularly true of Fox News, which Obama ripped as anti-poor bigots during a Wednesday afternoon summit on poverty- it should be noted that FOX is clearly a worthless source of information, and one that serves the false two-party dynamic perfectly. But I’m pretty sure he’s aiming at the alt-media… and using FOX as a sacrificial pawn.
What was most revealing about the president’s comments was his expressed desire to “change how the media reports.”
Speaking of Fox News, the poor, and the way GOP leaders think, Obama said, [W]e’re going to have to change how our body politic thinks, which means we’re going to have to change how the media reports on these issues.”
Here is the full transcript:
I think that the effort to suggest that the poor are sponges, leeches, don’t want to work, are lazy, are undeserving, got traction. And look, it’s still being propagated. I have to say that if you watch Fox News on a regular basis, it is a constant venue. They will find folks who make me mad. I don’t know where they find them. They’re all like, “I don’t want to work. I just want a free Obama Phone, or whatever.” And that becomes an entire narrative that gets worked up. And very rarely do you hear an interview of a waitress, which is much more typical — who is raising a couple of kids and doing everything right but still can’t pay the bills.
And so, if we’re going to change how Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)35% and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 52% think, we’re going to have to change how our body politic thinks, which means we’re going to have to change how the media reports on these issues, and how people’s impressions of what it’s like to struggle in this economy looks like. And how budgets connect to that. And that’s a hard process because that requires a much broader conversation than typically we have on the nightly news.
Right, Obama, you actually believe a failed news channel that barely gets any viewership at all is responsible for people looking down on the poor? Or that t=it is responsible for how Republicans think? Are you kidding me, you think any two-faced politician depends on any news channel for their opinions?! Or is what you’re actually aiming for is total government control of all media, including alternative, because you’re losing your grip on the narrative?
This might surprise some people, but Obama knows nothing about poverty. He has lived a privileged life:
Obama attended prep schools as a child, lived with his well-to-do grandparents in Honolulu as a teen, where he attended Panahou, a fancy private school. Both of his grandparents were well educated; she even worked as the vice president of a bank. For a time, Obama had a nanny! From there Obama attended Occidental College in California, was well off enough to visit Pakistan for 3 weeks; he then attended two of the most prestigious colleges in the country: Columbia and Harvard.
The closest Obama has ever come to experiencing anything close to poverty was during his time as a community organizer in Chicago.
Obama knows nothing of struggle, or what life is like for those who do. He has wasted 7 years by purposefully transferring wealth to the rich, by enforcing the faulty economic theory of the “wealth effect”: where people spend more because they feel richer.
Obama likes poor people fine — he likes them to stay poor. He also likes the news media to do what it’s told, and regardless of his stated sentiments…. FOX is NOT the target.