White House: No, Obama Isn't Starting His Own Media Company
"He has no plans to get into the media business."
In just two short months, President Barack Obama will no longer be the Commander-in-Chief. What, exactly, he’s going to be after he leaves office is still a bit of a mystery, but he’s not going to get into the digital media world, despite a report on Friday saying that he would.
An article on Mic cited multiple sources speaking on background that Obama was “considering post-presidential digital media career.” However, in that same article, a White House spokesperson dashed any viral ideas of Obama joining the blogosphere.
“While the president will remain actively engaged in inspiring young people and he is interested in the changing ways people consume information, he has no plans to get into the media business after he leaves office,” White House communications director Jen Psaki told Mic in a statement. That could very well just be the official line, though.
It’s not the craziest idea in the world, even if the slim prospect of Obama heading up a media startup or writing tweet round-ups was totally overblown. Obama has spoken out about the problem of fake news — especially as it pertains to climate change — on many occasions. It does not, however, look like he’s gonna try to fix the system from the inside.
President-elect Donald Trump, meanwhile, is a threat to the First Amendment and net neutrality. Not a big fan of digital media.
At the end of the day, though, it’s important to remember that Vice President Joe Biden has already become an essential, invaluable part of digital media and internet culture thanks to his cherished memes.