The Media is Desperate to Make Ferguson About President Obama

obama-frowningThe situation that’s going on in Ferguson is clearly controversial.  Right now there are more opinions than facts and the whole situation has just gotten completely out of hand.

But there’s one thing I’ve noticed – the media really wants to drag President Obama into this.

I’ve seen a few instances on Fox News where pundits have tried to turn comments made by Obama – comments that weren’t at all controversial – and flip them around into some kind of ridiculous attack on the president.

As if the President of the United States isn’t supposed to address a situation where complete chaos has broken out in one of the states in his own country.  

It’s “obvious” that he’s trying to exploit this situation for some kind of unknown political agenda heading into this November’s elections. Well, that’s at least what some on Fox News have actually tried to claim.

But the “left-wing” media hasn’t been much better. To some of them, President Obama hasn’t said enough. He’s been too “moderate” when he’s made statements regarding what’s been gong on. I guess because he hasn’t come out and said, “Darren Wilson murdered Mike Brown,” or attacked the “militarization of the police,” they’re not satisfied.

But make no mistake, both sides desperately want to drag President Obama into this.

Conservatives really want to paint Obama as someone who’s trying to exploit this for political reasons, or to “flex” the federal government’s power over state authority. While liberals seem to want him to be “more liberal” about this entire situation because a young black man was shot.

And let’s be honest, the fact that this has spiraled into a racial issue has put added pressure on our nation’s first black president. He does have to toe a thin line, otherwise one side or the other will be quick to jump on anything he says that might be even remotely inflammatory. Do you remember how bad he was trashed when he commented on the killing of Trayvon Martin?

In my opinion, he’s said exactly what a president should have said about the entire situation with Mike Brown and what’s currently going on in Ferguson.

He’s voiced concerns for the situation as a whole and has made it clear that he’s seen wrongdoing done by both law enforcement officials and protesters.

While some have said he’s “been very careful” with his remarks, as if that’s some kind of criticism, I think he’s said and done exactly what he needed to. This isn’t a situation where the President of the United States needs to take a side.

We don’t know all the facts. There’s been no conclusive evidence that proves exactly what led to the shooting. The investigation is still underway and seemingly has a ways to go.

But it’s as if the media is trying so desperately to get President Obama to “take a side” that they just can’t stand it.  All they want is for him to come out and say something that leans one way or the other so they can write the “shocking” headline:

In Ferguson Situation, President Obama Stunningly Takes Side of…

Just so that they can generate a massive amount of traffic and revenue from exploiting whatever “side” he would take.

But the fact is, he doesn’t need to take a side. And he shouldn’t. As a president he should sit back and let the justice system – you know, the one established by our Constitution – do its job.

Is our justice system always fair? Of course not. But if “justice” isn’t served, those results will have to be dealt with then, not now. And as of now, very few people know exactly what really happened.

I think what President Obama has said and done has been handled very well. He’s been impartial, he’s sent federal officials in to oversee what’s been going on to try to ensure that there’s no kind of cover up, and I think he’s mostly stayed out of it. Which I think is wise.

Though I know that’s not at all what the media – right or left – wants him to do.


Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Mrs_oatmeal

    Why does the media need to sensationalize everything. We need a media station that says, “here are the facts and only the facts. Make out of it what you will”. Can somebody start a media outlet that does this? They are all opinion and sensationalism…

    • Adam Smith

      They do it because it makes them money and most of them don’t have a clue what the facts are anyway. Of course, to be fair, most of the public doesn’t either.

      I have plenty of friends that can recite reams of sports statics, but can’t tell you what the deficit is. Their excuse? Politics are boring. When you tell them politics have a much bigger impact on their lives and wallets than sports do, they stare at you like a deer in the headlights.

      You get the government you deserve. It’s that simple.

  • Here’s a perfect example of “Don’t so stupid s**t.” and it applies to both sides. Police stop shooting and whacking people and tossing them in jail as a first response and people, stop shooting up the place, throwing rocks and Molotov Cocktails at the cops, stealing stuff that’s not yours and burning the place down.
    How hard is that?

  • Magdalene Ruzza

    It is reprehensible the way the media are dumping on president Obama. We have a president of enormous integrity who is intelligent, compassionate, thoughtful and straightforward. Since when is avoiding war not preferred thinking? I understand that pathetic conservatives are driven by hate and a desire to obstruct and discredit president Obama at every turn, but there is no excuse for the media’s bloodlust, other than sensationalism and laziness…why deal with the truth when you can keep regurgitating variations on a false, misguided or sensational theme?