President Obama Friday lectured the press about its coverage of Donald Trump, saying reporters have to do a better job vetting him. Because, Obama, said, the presidency is “really serious job.”
I speak to all of you as reporters . . . I just want to emphasize the degree to which we are in serious times and this is a really serious job. This is not entertainment. This is not a reality show.
The one thing I’m really going to be looking for over the next six months is that the American people are effectively informed about where candidates stand in the issues, what they believe, making sure that their numbers add up,making sure that their policies have been vetted . . . And if that happens, I’m confident that our democracy will work.
This from a president who, from having his feet on any desk in sight, to chewing gum at official events, to making a fool of himself on any stupid TV show he can find, has done all he can to degrade the office.
And suddenly a pontification about the sanctity of the press, from a president whose aides have done all they can – I assure you – to undermine honest coverage of Obama by the White House press corps, including by bullying reporters they know have done fair stories and circumventing responsible reporters any way they can.
Like, for example, sitting for interviews with YouTubers.