During a press conference from the White House today, President Barack Obama criticized reporters for their coverage of the leaked Democratic National Committee emails.
This came during the president’s final press conference of 2016, and possibly the final press conference of his presidency. Obama was asked about Russia’s role in the presidential election and the leaking of private emails related to the Hillary Clinton campaign, and he placed much of the blame on the media.
“This was an obsession that dominated the news coverage,” Obama said. “So I do think it’s worth reflecting on how a presidential election, at such a moment, with such important issues at stake…came to be dominated by a bunch of these leaks.”
Obama went on to say that the coverage of Hillary Clinton during the election was “troubling.” When asked if Clinton lost because of the leaked DNC e-mails, Obama dodged the question and said he would let the pundits handle that.
At this conference, Obama also defended his administration’s response to the leaks and said that he told Vladimir Putin to “cut it out.”
President-Elect Donald Trump has repeatedly stated that he doubts that Russia was actually behind any hacking that took place during the 2016 presidential election. He also questioned why this issue was not brought up prior to the election even though it was; the topic was raised repeatedly, including during a presidential debate.