The conventional wisdom on why President Obama recently granted interviews to three YouTube personalities is that he wanted to reach a new audience. Daily Kos writer Egberto Willies endorsed a somewhat different explanation in a Sunday post: that Obama talked with the video bloggers because he’s fed up with the mainstream media’s bias against him and his policies.
According to Willies, the traditional media’s misdeeds include lending “plausibility to the lies that Obamacare had death panels and would be a government takeover of health care” and “refus[ing] to report all the research that showed that trickle-down economics is a failed economic model.”
“President Obama gave the traditional mainstream media carte blanche for six years. They failed to report truthfully, accurately, and in an unbiased manner,” alleged Willies, who added that “the president is effecting a paradigm shift. He is unshackling us all from a type of slavery to the traditional mainstream media. He is providing ‘average citizen-centric’ information dispersal, ensuring that the future of news is ultimately controlled by you.”