President Obama challenged journalists to maintain high standards and rigorous scrutiny of political figures despite increased competition and the pressures of the smartphone age, warning of the cost to the nation’s democratic system if the media prioritized profit over the public good.
“When our elected officials and political campaigns become entirely untethered to reason and facts and analysis, when it doesn’t matter what’s true and what’s not, that makes it all but impossible for us to make good decisions on behalf of future generations,” the president said at a political journalism award ceremony Monday.
“A well-informed electorate depends on you, and our democracy depends on a well-informed electorate,” he added.
A major point of contention within the Republican presidential primary is whether losing candidates will support the party's eventual nominee.
All of them have promised to do so, including Donald Trump. However, Trump, the New York businessman and current Republican front-runner, backed out of that pledge during a CNN town hall on Tuesday night.
"I have been treated very unfairly," he said.
Mar. 29, 2016, 6:24 p.m.
That's the argument of a 5-year-old.
Anderson Cooper of CNN, responding to Donald Trump saying 'I didn't start' a feud with Ted Cruz over their wives
And in doing so, Trump sought to cast blame on the reporter, Michelle Fields, who pressed charges against campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
"This young woman who complained was talking about maybe being thrown to the floor ... Did anybody see the tape?" Trump, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, asked supporters at a town hall in Janesville, Wis. "What did you think?"
Mar. 29, 2016, 3:57 p.m.
I’m not going to destroy a man for that.
Donald Trump, speaking to supporters in Wisconsin about his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Lewandowski was charged with battery after an incident with a reporter this month.
Hillary Clinton said Donald Trump ultimately bears responsibility for the legal troubles of his campaign manager, who was charged Tuesday with battery following an altercation with a reporter.
Asked whether the accusation by a female journalist against Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski will hurt Trump with female voters, Clinton replied: "The reporter who brought the charge deserves a lot of credit for following through on the way she was physically handled at an event, and I think the charges being brought today certainly suggest that the authorities thought that her story was credible.”
Clinton, speaking to reporters after a tour of the Pearl Street Brewery in La Crosse, Wis., laid the blame on Trump.