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Obama to Media: You Shouldn't Let Pols Lie

Oh the lack of self-awareness.

Nate Jackson · Mar. 29, 2016

The lecturer in chief is at it again, telling a group of journalists how to do their jobs. “A job well done is about more than just handing someone a microphone,” Barack Obama pontificated. “It is to probe and to question, and to dig deeper, and to demand more. The electorate would be better served if that happened. It would be better served if billions of dollars in free media came with serious accountability, especially when politicians issue unworkable plans or make promises they can’t keep. And there are reporters here who know they can’t keep them. I know that’s a shocking concept that politicians would do that. But without a press that asks tough questions, voters take them at their word. When people put their faith in someone who can’t possibly deliver on his or her promises, that only breeds more cynicism.”

He just perfectly described his rise in 2007 and 2008, though he pretty clearly meant his remarks as a rebuke for the unending media attention given to Donald Trump over the last year. Who promised, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”? Who swore he’d bring about the best recovery we’ve ever seen? Who insisted he would withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq and declare mission accomplished? And who not only got away with these phony promises, but won re-election after serving up such lies? Obama did, largely thanks to a Leftmedia that circled the wagons.

So for Obama to lecture his own sycophants about truth-telling against the other side, to borrow a phrase, “only breeds more cynicism.”

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