Well, actually, he didn’t say “liberal media” but when he’s talking about “sensationalism” and “scandal” is there a better current example than the Washington Post’s hit piece on Mitt Romney from last week? We suspect when this putz tells kids not to believe the media he’s got two outlets in mind: Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. That pretty much covers the right side of the spectrum.
“No wonder that faith in our institutions has never been lower, particularly when good news doesn’t get the same kind of ratings as bad news anymore,” Obama said. “Every day you receive a steady stream of sensationalism and scandal and stories with a message that suggest change isn’t possible; that you can’t make a difference; that you won’t be able to close that gap between life as it is and life as you want it to be.
“My job today is to tell you don’t believe it,” said Obama. “Because as tough as things have been, I am convinced you are tougher. I’ve seen your passion and I’ve seen your service. I’ve seen you engage and I’ve seen you turn out in record numbers. I’ve heard your voices amplified by creativity and a digital fluency that those of us in older generations can barely comprehend. I’ve seen a generation eager, impatient even, to step into the rushing waters of history and change its course.
“And that defiant, can-do spirit is what runs through the veins of American history,” Obama said. “It’s the lifeblood of all our progress. And it is that spirit which we need your generation to embrace and rekindle right now.”
Except, of course, when that defiance comes from the right. Then he sends his brownshirts from Media Matters out to smear and libel dissenters. He wants you instead to listen to those upstanding “journalists” from MSNBC who search first for the facts. Well, not really.