Obama Blames ‘the Balkanization of the Media’

November 15, 2013 - 6:29 PM

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - At a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee event in Philadelphia on Thursday night, President Barack Obama ended his speech by bemoaning what he called “a level of polarization that seems unique”—citing as one cause to blame for this phenomenon “the Balkanization of the media.”

“Obviously, this year and over the last three years, we’ve seen a level of polarization that seems unique,” said Obama. “But the truth is, is that as you travel around the country, the country--ordinary folks--aren’t as polarized as Washington would make us think.”

“Thank God,” said someone in the audience.

“Thank God, yes,” said Obama. “That’s important. But the only way that we advance the issues that people around the country care about is if we sync up the spirit and the goodness and the decency of the American people with our politics. And there is a whole bunch of stuff that mitigates against that: gerrymandering, and the way campaigns are financed, and super PACs, and the Balkanization of the media. All of that pushes us apart.”