Former President Barack Obama appears to be becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the growing number of Americans questioning the left-wing media narrative and no longer accepting it as “a common set of facts.”
During an interview with CBS News on Tuesday, Obama voiced his concerns to Nate Burleson, who ironically, isn’t really a journalist but a former NFL player.
“The thing that I’m most worried about is the degree to which we now have a divided conversation, in part because we have a divided media, right?” Obama said.
“I’m much older than you… when I was coming up, you had three TV stations, and people were getting a similar sense of what is true and what isn’t, what was real and what was not,” Obama added.
“Today, what I’m most concerned about is because of the splintering of the media, we almost occupy different realities,” Obama continued.
“If something happens, in the past, everybody could say, all right, we may disagree on how to solve it, but at least we all agree that, yeah, that’s an issue,” he said.
Obama then complained that people are now refusing to believe media narratives.
“Now people will say, well, that didn’t happen, or I don’t believe that,” Obama complained.
“One of, I think, the goals of the Obama Foundation, and one of the goals of my post-presidency, is how do we return to that common conversation? How can we have a common set of facts?”
The former president then used the issue of gun control as an example of what he wants Americans to accept as a “common set of facts.”
“We may disagree on gun violence in terms of what the best prescriptions are, but we can’t deny the data that says the United States has levels of gun violence that are 5, 10, 15 times more than other countries,” he stated.
“So if we say it is just a mental health problem, well, it’s not like there aren’t people with mental health problems in those other countries.”
“What’s the difference? This is probably the difference. Now, we can have a debate. But at least we’ve agreed on some facts,” Obama said.
Obama’s concerns are really about the ‘reality’ that the establishment media is losing its grip on the public.
Further in the interview, Obama cited Australia as a model of gun control, noting that the country had “one mass shooting 50 years ago and they said, we’re not doing that anymore,” before outlawing all firearms.
“That is normally how you would expect a society to respond when your children are at risk,” Obama declared.
However, many Twitter users refused to accept that ‘common set of facts: