Obama: Media overhype the terrorist threat, instead of focusing on global warming

Obama: Media overhype the terrorist threat, instead of focusing on global warming

[Ed. – Give a whole team of monkeys a typewriter and 4 billion years, and they still couldn’t make this stuff up.  Bonus: drive-by nonsense sentences about the Civil War!]

The news media “absolutely” overstates the risks of terrorism because stories about things like climate change aren’t “sexy” and don’t drive ratings, President Obama said in an interview published Monday.

“What’s the famous saying about local newscasts, right? If it bleeds, it leads, right?” Obama told Vox. “You show crime stories and you show fires, because that’s what folks watch, and it’s all about ratings. And, you know, the problems of terrorism and dysfunction and chaos, along with plane crashes and a few other things, that’s the equivalent when it comes to covering international affairs.”

Obama said there was not going to be “a lot of interest” in stories showing positive progress on issues like infant mortality or improving productivity for farmers.

“It’s not a sexy story,” Obama said. “And climate change is one that is happening at such a broad scale and at such a complex system, it’s a hard story for the media to tell on a day-to-day basis.” …

Obama…said that…the nation had been “pretty polarized” in the past…

“I think there just wasn’t polling around,” Obama said. “As I recall, there was a whole civil war — that was a good example of polarization that took place.”

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