President Obama told Democratic supporters Friday night that the news media is partly to blame for making Americans worry about emergencies overseas such as advances by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
“If you watch the nightly news, it feels like the world is falling apart,” Mr. Obama said at a fundraiser in Westchester County, N.Y. “I can see why a lot of folks are troubled.”
The president said foreign crises are no more serious than in the past, but the average American is paying more attention to global hot spots because of the Internet.
“The world’s always been messy … we’re just noticing now in part because of social media,” he said.
Mr. Obama also said Russia, through its military incursion in Ukraine, is “reasserting the notion that might means right.”