Former President Barack Obama slammed watchers of Fox News and right-wing media outlets during a speech. Obama said that Americans who choose to watch Fox News have a different perception of reality than other Americans and that the outlet has worked to increase the political divide in the country.
The Hill reports:
“I think a lot of that has to do with changes in how people get information,” Obama said during an interview with The 19th published on Monday. “I’ve spoken about this before, but if you watch Fox News, you perceive a different reality than if you read The New York Times. And those differences have been amplified by social media, which allows people to live in bubbles with other people who think like them.”
Obama said it has become clear to him that the country today is “more divided than when I first ran for president in 2008.”
“But if anyone can help bridge our divides, it’s Joe Biden,” he said. “He’s spent his life bringing people together. And as president, he’s been focused on beating back the pandemic and rebuilding our economy — ideas that Americans from both parties can support.”
Since leaving the White House, Obama has attacked Fox News on multiple occasions, using the network as a foil for pushing so-called birther conspiracy theories and drumming up what he often dismissed as needless and partisan opposition to his policy agenda during his eight years in office.
It seems that Obama thinks that unless Americans blindly believe what CNN tells them, a network that has repeatedly praised the former president then they must not understand anything in the world today.