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Barack Obama: People who watch Fox News are in a ‘different reality’ than people who read the New York Times

As the main guest speaker at the Qualtrics X4 Summit in Salt Lake City this Wednesday, former President Barack Obama addressed a variety of topics, including the partisan media landscape that has plagued both his administration and the current one.

While not mentioning President Donald Trump by name, Obama took aim at the culture of his administration and the rhetoric that emanates from the current White House.

According to Obama, U.S. media is in the midst of “such a polarizing time.”

“If you watch Fox News, you’re in one reality, and if you read The New York Times, you’re in a different reality, and if you’re at BuzzFeed, you’re someplace else.”

“What we have in common matters more,” he continued. “And if we listen to the voices that help us rediscover our common hopes and dreams and values rather than constantly gravitating to those things that push us apart, that oftentimes are designed to make us angry … we can accomplish big things.”

Obama took another veiled swipe at Trump, saying that his approach to problem solving during his time at the White House was “old fashioned” and used things like “facts and reason and logic.”

“What we have in common matters more,” Obama said.

“And if we listen to the voices that help us rediscover our common hopes and dreams and values rather than constantly gravitating to those things that push us apart, that often times are designed to make us angry, … we can accomplish big things.”

Featured image: Marc Nozell/Flickr

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