Obama Rips Media, Says Clinton Was Covered Unfairly
President Obama believes that the media misrepresented Hillary Clinton and, in part, caused the American public to vote for Trump.
The Hill reports:
President Obama rebuked the media on Friday for its coverage of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign, saying she was not “treated fairly.”
“I’ve said before that I couldn’t be prouder of Secretary Clinton, her outstanding service,” the president said during his year-end press conference at the White House. “I think she has worked tirelessly on behalf of the American people, and I don’t think she was treated fairly during the election. I think the coverage of her and the issues was troubling.”
Earlier in the briefing, Obama addressed the theft of emails from the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta, Clinton campaign’s manager. Those emails were released by WikiLeaks and received heavy media coverage during the campaign.
The president chided the press for not covering the publication of the stolen emails as an assault on national security, given the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia carried out those hacks.
The CIA and FBI reportedly agree that Russia hacked Democratic computer systems in an attempt to influence the presidential election in favor of President-elect Donald Trump.
“I’m finding it a little curious that suddenly everyone’s acting surprised that this looked like it was disadvantaging Hillary Clinton because you guys wrote about it every day,” Obama said. “Every single week. About every little juicy tidbit of political gossip, including John Podesta’s risotto recipe.”
“This was an obsession that dominated the new coverage,” he said of the emails.
Obama said that the country should reflect on how such an important election could get derailed by such a controversy.
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