President Obama will address the nation world each week via YouTube. Apparently
Stunningly simple. The effect is to remove the filter that the networks and newspapers place on the presidency and political process. It also removes much of their power to control the conversation.
Here’s the first one.
Traditional US media should be concerned – the Whitehouse press corps has long been the primary point of access to the presidency, and now Obama can talk over their heads, and directly to “the people”. The people can then talk about it amongst themselves (on political and economic blogs and so forth), which Obama and his team can monitor, and respond to over the next weeks. He’s smart enough to respond to both left and right wing blogs as well.
Sadly news and opinion shows on Television in the USA have moved far beyond their original purpose and premise. They are wildly biased (opinions differ on which way) and follow their own beliefs rather than the trail of facts.
Perhaps this will help spur them into a return to solid fact-based reporting and a drift away from sensationalism.
Or more likely the facts will now only be found on the internet while the talking heads on TV will push for ever more sensationalism.