Obama: Fox News Followers ‘Are Living on a Different Planet’ Than NPR Listeners

Washington Free Beacon | 1/12/2018 | Charles Russell
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BY: Charles Russell

Former President Barack Obama said during a just-released interview that people who watch Fox News are living on a "different planet" than those who listen to National Public Radio (NPR).

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Obama joined David Letterman in the first episode of the former late-night host's new Netflix show "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction." In the interview, which was released Friday but recorded in the fall, Obama talked about his personal life as well recent political and social issues.

Letterman asked the former president about "hypothetical" situations in the United States, asking which circumstance would be most damaging to democracy.

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"Let's just say there is a democracy, and the voting process is being monkeyed with by foreign countries," Letterman said. "Hypothetically, what is more damaging to that democracy? Would it be the diminishment, by the head of the democracy, of [the] press, or would it be somebody screwing around with the actually voting process."

Obama refrained from giving a direct answer and avoided referring to President Donal Trump despite Letterman's thinly-veiled references to the president's complaints of "fake news" and to Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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"One of the biggest challenges we have in our democracy is the degree to which we don't share a common baseline of fact," Obama said.

The former president then described the partisan divide as it relates to media consumption in the United...
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