President Obama sounded a bit jealous when he criticized Russia’s state-run media in an interview set to be released Friday.
The American president said Russian president Vladimir Putin continues to do things that are not int the best interests of his country because Russians don’t have access to any dissenting voices in the media on the American scale, Politico reported.
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“The Russian economy is taking a hammer blow because of their incursions into Ukraine. It’s terrible for the future of Russia. But because ordinary Russians aren’t getting good information, there’s no check on what Putin may do,” Obama said in an interview set to air Friday on HBO, obtained by POLITICO.
“We’re raising the costs of what he’s doing in Ukraine to incredibly high levels, where rationally they would do something different,” the president continued. “But he’s not necessarily operating based on those cost-benefit analyses because right now, he’s still popular.”
The “multiplicity of voices” in U.S. media prevents American presidents from getting away with overstepping their bounds, he added.
“Obviously, if there was state-run media in the United States, whoever the president was would have the ability to make whatever screwy policies they had look good as well,” Obama said.
You know, like Obamacare.
It’s a good thing Obama doesn’t have any lapdog media in the United States, like say CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, the Washington Post, CBS, PBS, the Los Angeles Times and NPR, to do that type of dirty work for him.
The interview is set to air Friday on HBO’s VICE.
Twitter users took shots at Obama for the irony.
Barack Obama criticizes Russian state-run media http://t.co/x5Kc7MugAg
— POLITICO (@politico) June 25, 2015
@politico Obama is just jealous.
— Chris Mackenroth (@Macshivers) June 25, 2015
@politico WHY, HE HAS HIS LITTLE MEDIA CRONIES KISSING HIS BUTT EVERYDAY….
— robert marks (@RobertMarxs) June 25, 2015
@politico while benefiting from his own fawning state driven media here
— BDonk (@BloodyDonkey) June 25, 2015
@politico Has Obama ever scrutinized the corruption, injustice, bribes, media manipulation engaged in by his people on the Hill?
— Maggie Crane (@CraneMaggie) June 25, 2015
@politico I guess Obama forgot he runs the American Press.
— Martha McTaggart (@ParkerMctaggart) June 25, 2015
@politico Yet he adores our state-run media.
— Kenton McCarthy (@colonelguano) June 25, 2015
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