The “Outrage” Over President Obama Not Going to France is Absurd

obama-concernedWhile I work in the media, I really don’t like the direction in which it’s going. Quality writing and journalism is being replaced with whatever will drive the most ratings or website views. I certainly understand that it’s important to lure viewers or readers to your content, but that content is still supposed to be credible and possess quality information.

But that’s not a lot of what I’m seeing.

And this “outrage” over President Obama not going to France alongside other world leaders during their unity rally is a prime example.

Should he have gone? Probably. Though it’s like Jimmy Carter said on The Daily Show, everything that goes along with the President of the United States attending an event such as that would have been nearly impossible to accomplish in less than 36 hours. But be that as it may, perception often trumps reality and the perception was “President Obama refuses to stand alongside other world leaders following terror attack in France.”

But honestly, does anyone really care? Not really.

This is a prime example of the media pushing some sort of nonsense, or politicians using it to try to earn political points, on an issue about which nobody really cares. Well, except when they’re being told how “outraged” they should be that he didn’t go.

And let’s be honest here, shall we? No matter what President Obama ultimately decided to do, his critics were going to bash him.

Since he didn’t go, Republicans have been basically saying:

How dare he not go!? He’s disgusting! See, he supports radical Islam! He’s an embarrassment to the country!

But had President gone, then Republicans would be saying:

President Obama just had to fly to France for a photo-op. He just had to make this about him, didn’t he? Way to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to score political points!

It’s just all ridiculous. But because anger, hate, fear, paranoia and “outrage” sell best – that’s what the media pushes most often. Which is why this “story” has been making headlines the last few days.

Now, to be fair, liberals would probably be up in arms if Bush was still in the White House and he didn’t go. Don’t take this as me trying to say the left isn’t guilty of doing this too. But the conservative media is far worse. Hell, Fox News is a network primarily built on pushing propaganda, sensationalized headlines and stoking anger amongst its viewers. That’s why their ratings are so high. They’re not a news network, they’re a conservative entertainment channel.

But this “story” is just absurd. The truth is, no matter what President Obama had done, he was going to be bashed for doing it. And not because what he did was newsworthy, or even mattered in the grand scheme of things, but because creating that anti-Obama narrative and criticizing him for practically anything and everything he does has become really good for business.

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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