July 29th, 2010
01:15 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama takes on '24/7 media cycle'


 President Obama appeared on the daytime talk show ‘The View’ on Thursday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

(CNN) - President Obama wasted no time in an interview on ABC's The View to pounce on the media for providing a culture that "loves conflict."

"The things that the media may focus on are not necessarily the things I focus on," Obama, the first sitting president to visit a daytime television show, said. "I have to sign letters to parents of children who have been killed in Afghanistan or the husbands or wives of people who have been killed in battle and that gives you a sense of perspective that is just different from what is going on on cable TV on any given day."

The president highlighted the recent Shirley Sherrod controversy, which seemingly drown out his major legislative accomplishments such as the Wall Street reform bill becoming law.

Sherrod, a former U.S. Agriculture Department employee, was forced to resign after a right-wing blogger showed an edited video clip of her making controversial remarks on race. However, it was later determined that her speech focused on how the incident changed her mind about racial relations.

The president, who has spoken with Sherrod by phone, hit back at how the story was covered.

"What I do think happened in that situation is that a 24/7 media cycle that's always looking for controversy and often times doesn't get to the facts first, generated a phony controversy," he said. "A lot of people overreacted, including people in my administration."

The lesson to be drawn from all of this? "Let's not assume the worst about other people; let's make sure we get the facts straight," Obama said.

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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. jonah

    This was really cool, but I can't wait until he does MTV 'Cribs' my favorite part will be when he'll shoo us all away and tell us to get out of his house.

    July 29, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Cynthia

    Whatever, this was a complete waste of taxpayer money. Why was it even necessary to go onto the View!?!?!

    IF he is so inundated with signing letters to husbands/wives/children regarding the fallen heroes, perhaps he should not be on the View. Maybe he should be doing other work that needs to be done. Quit worrying about the media do your darn job Mr. President

    Our unemployment is insane, the wars are out of control, The Gulf mess, etc. No fair minded individual can say this was a good idea to go on the View.

    July 29, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Pkm

    Mr obama you looked very good why is the gop So scared of those womem

    July 29, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. bob bolin

    It says alot about how far this country has sunk that a president must subject himself to such a hen party. The culture of celebrity created by the same media that used to cover real issues is a cancer rotting our minds. Mixed with religious hysteria and anti-intellectual fervor, we are fooling ourselves if we think this is the best place in the world.

    July 29, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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