We may finally have a reason why President Obama seems to have no clue about how Americans are feeling these days.
It was a year ago when White House spokesman Jay Carney told CNN’s Brian Stelter that the president doesn’t watch much cable news, instead preferring the old fashioned newspapers.
A year later the New York Times published this interesting tidbit.
In his meeting with the columnists, Mr. Obama indicated that he did not see enough cable television to fully appreciate the anxiety after the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino.
Stelter caught the quote, tweeted it to his followers and asked if President Obama needed to watch more cable news.
Obama needs more cable news in his media diet? Revealing comment in a private meeting with newspaper columnists… pic.twitter.com/iUHz6Ey38g
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) December 18, 2015
Interestingly, after Stelter’s tweet picked up steam, the Times reportedly removed the quote from its article without a trace. Except, of course, for inconvenient screenshots. The new paragraph reads as follows:
Mr. Obama argued that while there were potentially threats that would merit the kind of investment of lives and money equivalent to that made in the Iraq war, the Islamic State does not pose an existential threat to the United States and therefore the response should be measured. The United States needs to take on the group, in part to defend allies in the region, he said, but it should not be an all-out war. Moreover, he added, part of the group’s strategy is to draw the United States into a broader military entanglement in the region. A sustained but limited campaign may be slow and politically unsatisfying, but ultimately will be more successful, he contended.
Social media had a lot to say about the whole episode.
Oh sweet mother of… come on Obama—>: https://t.co/2W1VEMJvOo
— SalenaZito (@SalenaZitoTrib) December 18, 2015
.@brianstelter I guess ESPN needs to step up its terrorism coverage to better inform him… — Burnham (@NathanABurnham) December 18, 2015
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