COMMENTARY BY MARGARET SULLIVAN

What Obama Gets Right — And Very Wrong — About The Media

Everybody’s a media critic these days — and Barack Obama is an astute one. But for those who remember certain aspects of his presidency, he’s got a bit of a credibility problem.

Obama: Take Down Misleading Biden Attack Ad

Former President Barack Obama is sending a cease-and-desist letter to South Carolina TV stations demanding they not air a Republican ad that misuses his words to attack his former vice president, Joe Biden. The Committee to Defend the President super PAC’s ad, which began airing Tuesday as part of a $250,000 media buy, is the latest in a string of Republican efforts designed to torpedo Biden in an effort to keep him from facing President Donald Trump.

Obamas To Produce Exclusive Podcasts For Spotify

Under the Higher Ground partnership announced Thursday, the former president and first lady will develop and lend their voices to select podcasts.

Obamas Unveil First Slate Of Netflix Projects

The Obamas say they “couldn’t be more excited” about the projects they’re announcing Tuesday for their Netflix production company. The lineup includes a series about food aimed at preschoolers, a scripted drama about the post-World War II fashion world and a documentary film focused on American factories.

Obamas In Talks To Produce Shows For Netflix

They do not intend to use the shows to respond to President Trump or conservative critics. The two have talked about shows that highlight inspirational stories.

Obama To Be Letterman’s First Netflix Guest

David Letterman has amassed an all-star roster of guests for his Netflix talk show series, titled My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. The 60-minute show will stream monthly with the first episode launching on Friday, Jan. 12, and the additional five episodes streaming, one a month, after that. Letterman will kick off the series with a chat with Barack Obama.

Obama Lauds Media In Last Press Conference

“Having you in this building makes this place work better,” President Obama said this afternoon in his final press conference, a reference to changes President-elect Trump has hinted at in his future handling and the literal location of the press.

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President Obama Gives WGN A Shout Out

Obama Comes Down Hard On Fake News

Even President Obama has added his voice to the choir raised against the proliferation of fake news on Facebook that many argued helped sway the election result. Such news can poison politics to a degree that “we won’t know what we’re fighting for,” he said Thursday.

ABC, Disney Nets To Host Obama Town Hall

The President and The People: A National Conversation airs Thursday, July 14 and will be simulcast uninterrupted and commercial-free on Disney Media Networks ABC, ESPN and Freeform and stream across ABC News Digital, Freeform Digital, Watch ABC, WatchESPN, Yahoo and ABC Radio

 

‘PBS NewsHour’ To Host Town Hall With Obama

Obama Dines With CNN’s Anthony Bourdain

NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama dined in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Monday with CNN personality Anthony Bourdain, whose “Parts Unknown” food travelogue is one of the network’s most popular nonfiction series. Bourdain met with Obama to discuss the purpose of Obama’s trip to Asia and his interest in the people, food and culture of […]

FTC Wants In On FCC Set-Top Box Proposal

From holding media briefings earlier in the week attacking the legal aspects of the FCC’s set-top proposal to a few hundred pages of comments filed the initial deadline of Fri, cable wasn’t shy about expressing its displeasure of the agency’s plan to open up the market for third party vendors. And joining in the fight is the FTC.

Obama Backs Open Market For Set-Tops

President Obama will announce on Friday his support for opening the market for cable set-top boxes, singling out the devices in millions of homes as a clunky and outdated symbol of corporate power over consumers as he introduces a broad federal effort to increase competition. In an unusual step, Obama will weigh in personally on a pending proposal at the FCC, filing comments that encourage it to loosen cable companies’ grip on the boxes.

How FNC’s Wallace Lobbied For Obama Interview

FNC’s Chris Wallace Lands Obama Interview

Obama Scolds Media For Enabling Trump

According to the president, the job of a political reporter is “more than just handing someone a microphone. It’s to probe and to question and to dig deeper.

Gayle King To Interview Obama On Super Bowl Sunday

Obama Town Hall On Gun Violence To Air On CNN

Obama To Be Seinfeld’s Guest On ‘Cars’ On Dec. 30

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama will be Jerry Seinfeld’s first guest when the seventh season of his online talk show, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” opens Dec. 30. The show features the New York comedian picking up fellow comics in classic cars and taking them out for coffee and conversation. Obama and Seinfeld spoke […]

Obama’s Sunday Address Watched By 46M

Obama To Make Rare Appearance On Fox News

Obama To Appear On ‘Running Wild With Bear Grylls’

Jon Stewart’s Secret White House Visits

To engage privately with the president in his inner sanctum at two sensitive moments — previously unreported meetings that are listed in the White House visitor logs and confirmed by three former Obama aides — speaks volumes about Stewart and his reach, which goes well beyond the million or so viewers who tune into The Daily Show on most weeknights. Love Stewart’s jokes or hate them, he has proven to be a unique voice who is capable of turning in-the-weeds policy discussions into viral video sensations that the country is still talking about the next morning.

Obama Criticizes Media On ‘The Daily Show’

President Barack Obama criticized the media Tuesday for letting its fascination with “shiny objects” distract from more important issues. “The media are a bunch of different medias. Some get on my nerves more than others,” the president said during an appearance on The Daily Show, his last with Jon Stewart as host. Stewart had asked Obama whether the media was “inflammatory” and “focused on the wrong things.”

Jon Stewart Gets Pres. Obama One Last Time

BBCA To Air Attenborough-Obama Interview

Obama Hits Local TV To Win Wavering Dems

President Obama will try to sway House Democrats into supporting trade legislation with a series of local TV interviews that will air in their districts. The plan is for the president to bring his case for new trade deals directly to the voters of members who are on the fence about trade promotion authority legislation. Today, Obama will sit down with local anchors from San Diego, Sacramento, Seattle, Dallas and El Paso.

Obama Criticizes Laws Hurting Broadband

President Obama on Wednesday called for the repeal of laws preventing local communities from creating their own broadband networks. The president positioned himself as an antagonist to large cable and telecom companies providing the majority of the nation’s Internet service and said faster speeds would create jobs and foster business competition.

President Obama Takes Over ‘The Colbert Report’

WASHINGTON (AP) — His daughters mock his big ears, he leaves his socks on the floor and sitting behind Stephen Colbert’s desk, he said, gives him a greater sense of power. When President Barack Obama was not seriously defending his economic record, his executive actions on immigration and his delayed decision on the Keystone XL […]

White House Hits Nets For Skipping Address

The White House is exasperated with three of the major broadcast networks — ABC, CBS and NBC — for not airing President Obama’s Thursday primetime address on his executive actions on immigration.

Obama Stymies Wheeler’s Web Policy

The president’s tough net neutrality remarks undermine weeks of FCC work to develop an alternative policy, which FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said in private meetings could preserve a free and open Web while also addressing concerns by the Internet providers.

More Pressure On Wheeler Over Open Internet

Even before President Obama issued his forceful call this week for “the strongest possible rules” to protect an open Internet, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was in a tight spot. Since those remarks, say people who met with Wheeler this week, he has been testy, defensive and a bit angry that he might be seen as a political pawn instead of as the head of an independent agency who is exercising his own judgment.

FCC Denies Break With President Obama

A top FCC official on Wednesday said the independent agency has not made a decision on whether to follow President Obama’s recommendations on net neutrality. Gigi Sohn, a special counsel in FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s office, pushed back against a report in The Washington Post that highlighted differences between Obama and Wheeler.

The New War Over Net Neutrality

Net neutrality was divisive before. Now it’s explosive — and more political than ever. President Barack Obama on Monday offered his strongest endorsement to date for rules that would treat all Internet traffic equally, and FCC officials are now discussing net neutrality options with a divided Internet industry and Capitol Hill audience.

Obama Smacks Down Internet ‘Fast Lanes’

President Barack Obama on Monday struck a blow to large cable and wireless companies by publicly pressuring the FCC to adopt tougher rules that would treat Internet providers more like public utilities.

’60 Minutes’ Lands Obama Interview

Obama Address Costly To The Networks

When President Obama addresses the nation tonight about the growing menace of Islamic State militants, he’ll be cutting into a key moment in primetime broadcasts — good news for news divisions, less so for entertainment. The primetime presence is very significant, as every time the president makes a primetime address, it can cost the network millions of dollars.

Obama To Appear On ‘Live with Kelly & Michael’

Obama Hams It Up For Health Care

Obama joked Tuesday with comedian Zach Galifianakis, including poking fun at the poorly reviewed Hangover Part III during an interview on the website Funny or Die’s show Between Two Ferns.