In his exit interview with the former counterculture magazine Rolling Stone, President Barack Obama insisted that Democrats’ failure to reach voters is not his party’s fault.
Who is to blame? Fake news, social media, Fox…
The president said: “In this election, [white blue collar workers] turned out in huge numbers for Trump. And I think that part of it has to do with our inability, our failure, to reach those voters effectively. Part of it is Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country, but part of it is also Democrats not working at a grassroots level, being in there, showing up, making arguments. That part of the critique of the Democratic Party is accurate. We spend a lot of time focused on international policy and national policy and less time being on the ground. And when we’re on the ground, we do well.”
Many Americans who rejected Hillary Clinton have about the same amount of use for Fox as they do MSNBC. That’s because thinking Americans have come to recognize the mainstream media providers as the propaganda wings of the establishment parties.
Instead, many Americans get a majority of their information from a network of grassroots alternative media sources. That, according to the president, is also part of the problem.
He said: “If you look at minimum-wage laws or family-leave policy or the investments that we made in community colleges or, for that matter, the Affordable Care Act, these are all big investments for working families, white, black and Hispanic. The challenge we had is not that we’ve neglected these communities from a policy perspective. That is, I think, an incorrect interpretation. You start reading folks saying, “Oh, you know, working-class families have been neglected,” or “Working-class white families have not been paid attention to by Democrats.” Actually, they have. What is true, though, is that whatever policy prescriptions that we’ve been proposing don’t reach, are not heard, by the folks in these communities. And what they do hear is Obama or Hillary are trying to take away their guns or they disrespect you.”
So when Americans get something other than the sugarcoated MSM version of big government’s plans, it makes it harder for federal officials to impose their will on the people?
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