Former President Barack Obama is urging Americans to use “no-risk” money for news organizations to avoid being tricked into paying for ads they can’t refuse, but he’s not advocating it as a first step to fighting corruption.
The president, in an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, argued that “no matter what happens in this country, the public deserves the information that they get.”
“The public needs to know who they’re getting information from,” Obama said.
“That’s not a partisan issue.
That’s not an ideological issue.
It’s not about whether you like or dislike certain issues or some people or some policies or some candidates or some parties.
“But we have to recognize that the problem that we’ve got is that, even though they may be paid by their advertisers, they are also going to be paid for the information they give us, and that is a conflict of interest.” “
I’m not suggesting that the American people should get their news from crooked reporters,” Obama added.
“But we have to recognize that the problem that we’ve got is that, even though they may be paid by their advertisers, they are also going to be paid for the information they give us, and that is a conflict of interest.”
Obama has argued that the media should have to pay for stories in order to be accurate, but it’s not clear how he would achieve this goal.
Instead, he’s urged Americans to look to nonprofit groups that offer financial incentives to news organizations, which could help combat the spread of misinformation.
The idea is that the money will go toward journalism projects, rather than pay for news.
“It is time for the American public to demand better journalism from their elected leaders, and we need a new, bipartisan approach to fighting the spread and misuse of money for political gain,” Obama told CBS.
“The media, including The New York Times, must do a better job of serving the American consumer.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Washington Post.
Obama’s new campaign has a number of partners, including the Associated Press, ABC News, CBS News, CNN, CNNMoney, Politico, and Reuters.
It also recently launched a new website, “Fair and Balanced,” that promises to help fight “the money that corrupts journalism.”