Obama Scolds Media for Being Scandalous, Negative in Barnard Speech
Obama makes strong remarks during Barnard College commencement.
President Obama hears what you say about him and the job he's doing. He reads the paper and the blogs, and doesn't like what he sees.
During his commencement address at Barnard College in New York City, the president said that he thinks the media plays a large role in the country's morale and attitude.
Every day, you receive a steady stream of sensationalism and scandal. The stories with a message that suggest change is impossible. That you can’t make a difference. That you won’t be able to close that gap between life as it is and life as you want it to be. My job today is to tell you don’t believe it. Because, as tough as things have been, I am convinced you are tougher.
He also tailored some of the rant for the all female audience:
And while opportunities for women have grown exponentially over the last 30 years, as young people—in many ways—you have it even tougher than we did. This recession has been more brutal. The job losses steeper. Politics seems nastier. Congress more gridlocked than ever. Some folks in the financial world have not exactly been model corporate citizens. Faith in our institutions has never been lower. Particularly when good news doesn’t get the same kinds of ratings as bad news anymore.
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