Journalism

Obama, Journalism and the Facts
President lectures media on the facts, but leaves out a few of his own

According to Obama, journalists have accepted every word Donald Trump said uncritically – a view as at odds with reality as the anything the president was referring to when he complained about the growing “sense that facts don’t matter.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Barack Obama made a number of excellent points in his remarks at a Monday journalism award dinner honoring the late, great New York Times reporter Robin Toner , who died from complications of colon cancer at age 54  right after Obama’s 2008 election.  

But his lecture on how we ought to be conducting ourselves might have gone down better if he had done more as president to support the kind of work that he rightly said “undergirds our democracy.”