Removed from the bright lights and cameras at CNN Jake Tappers admitted the media let former President Obama get away with things that attack President Donald Trump for.
The host of CNN’s “State of the Union” and “The Lead” told Rolling Stone Magazine he thinks “there is a sort of confirmation bias that some media outlets feed and it does trouble me because I try not to do that.”
Tapper said there is a place for partisan reporting but that he was concerned that he feared too many people prefer ideological news coverage to fact based reporting.
“It’s hard to assess since there’s so many media outlets and its tough to say that Rachel Maddow’s ratings one night or Sean Hannity’s ratings reflect nothing more than certainly a very sizable audience, but certainly not a majority of the American people,” he said. “I think the smartest opinions are the ones that are formed after hearing facts and after hearing a good fact-based debate and that will make the nation better, not just people living in their own bubble and being on their self self-feeding feedback loop.”
But then Tapper admitted something unexpected.
Former President Obama lied and got away with it because the media loved him.
“I don’t want to compare President Obama and President Trump on these issues because they’re different and the scale isn’t even remotely the same,” he said. “But President Obama said things that weren’t true and got away with it more for a variety of reasons, and one is the media was much more supportive of him.”
He added that the Obama administration thought of him as a “self-righteous and a huge pain in the ass.”
Not unlike many see him today.
But ultimately he believes that it is possible that “this political era “ends up with a commonality of spirit and purpose among Americans of all political stripes.”
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