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Former president Barack Obama said in an interview with The Atlantic published on Monday that the death of local media across the US makes it difficult for politicians to break through in an increasingly polarized national landscape.
In a lengthy interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Obama described how he was able visit rural localities in downstate Illinois and Iowa and successfully campaign due to minimal negative filters.
“I could go into culturally conservative, rural or small-town, disproportionately white working-class communities and I could make a connection, and I could win those votes,” he said. “The reason I could is that I didn’t have a filter between me and them.”
Obama discussed the dangers of being seen as a towering national figure instead of someone who understands the daily concerns of average people, especially in areas that have been left behind economically.
“What happens is that they see you through the dominant filters and news sources, and those news sources have changed,” he said.
The local media, Obama added, played a major role in how national candidates were perceived, especially as he competed in Republican-leaning states.
“Even as late as 2008, typically when I went into a small town, there’s a small-town …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics