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Obama says journalists partly to blame for tone of presidential race

WASHINGTON ( ) – President Barack Obama on Monday laid some of the blame for the tone of the presidential campaign on political journalism that has been pinched by shrinking newsroom budgets and cheapened by a focus on retweets and likes on social media.

In a speech to a journalism awards dinner, Obama urged journalists to ask tougher questions of the candidates vying to be president. He v上海品茶QQoiced dismay over the vulgar rhetoric, violence at rallies and unrealistic campaign pledges that have,专门哟啪的微信群Queena, continually grabbed headlines, in a thinly veiled reference to Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

“The number one question I’m getting as I travel around the world or talk to world leaders right now is, ‘What is happening in America?’ about our politics,” Obama said, describing international alarm over whether the United States will continue to function effectively.

“It’s not because around the world people have not seen crazy politics. It is that they understand America is the place where you can’t afford completely crazy politics,” he said.

“When our elected officials and our 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,” Obama said.

He said the media landscape has changed since his first presidential campaign in 2008, when “there was a price if you said one thing and then did something completely different.

“The question is, in the current media environment, is that still true? Does that still hold?” he said.

He said news organizations have a responsibility to dig deeper despite the faster pace of “this smartphone age” and steep financial pressures in the news business.

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The New York Times earlier this month reported that Trump has so far earned almost $1.9 billion worth of media coverage, compared with $313 million for the next closest Republican challenger, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, and $746 million for Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard makes frank Daniel Candeias admission following Europa League snub

Steven Gerrard hailed the capture of £3m Swedish international defender Filip Helander as a bargain buy in today’s crazy transfer market – and urged the giant stopper to become one his leaders on the park and in the dressing room.

Helander watched from the stand and was introduced to the fans at half time in Sunday’s 4-0 romp over Marseille and afterwards insisted that he is determined to help Rangers challenge for the title.

Gerrard also commended two-goal Daniel Candeias for his response to being cut from the club’s Europa League squad – but admits he wishes he’d get more from the winger on a consistent basis.

And the Rangers boss also believes the club has pulled off a great piece of business in luring the former Bolonga defender to Ibrox.

He said: “It’s a position where we have been looking for the right solution for a long time. To have someone of his calibre, a Swedish international with his height and profile – he ticks a lot of the boxes we were looking for.

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“We are relie,上海品茶会所Macauly,ved to get it over the line and now our centre back positions are set for what is hopefully going to be a 60-game season.

“He naturally gives us balance as a left footer. That enables us to play with a two or with a back three. He will be able to defend our box and be a threat at set pieces.

“He is comfortable on the ball. He’s a good man, he’s a leader. We do need more voices out there if we want to challenge for the top prizes. He is another good type through the door.

“At £3 million for him, we’ve done really well If you look at what is going on in the market in front of us, in England and around the world for a centre back, £3 million is money well spent. But he 上海龙凤419has to go and prove it now.”

Helander insisted he is up the challenge and admitted: “This is a very big club and the perfect opportunity for me to play at a high level.

“I wanted to play here. I know a lot about this club. From the first moment I heard about the interest, I wanted to come here.

“It was quite an easy choice.

‘You can see today, it was a friendly match and there are more than 25,000 people inside the stadium. That is what you want as a football player. You want that interest and to be able to play in front of a lot of people.

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“European football was one of the main reasons for coming. I have played in Europe with Malmo before and it is something I wanted to do again.

“I want to play for a team with a winning mentality, who fight for the title every year.

“When I played for Malmo as a kid they had the same mentality as Rangers in that you need to win every game and win titles. I think that can be perfect to me.

“I have played at a high level for a long time, and even though I am on,上海品茶QQAaron,ly 26, I have a lot of experience and hopefully I can bring that to the team.”

Gerrard was pleased with the display against Marseille – and with the brace from Candeias following his disappointment earlier in the week.

Further goals from Connor Goldson and Jermain Defoe completed the victory but Candeias’ display was the most eye-catching and Gerrard, who revealed there has been no bids for Alfredo Morelos, despite speculation that West Ham had joined Crystal Palace in showing an interest in the striker, said: “Daniel was outstanding for the 45 minutes he was on the pitch. That’s not a surprise. I have been around Daniel for 12 months now. I wish I’d seen more of that on a consistent basis.

“That’s probably the best 45 miinutes I’ve seen from him. You have to take into account it was a pre-season friendly.

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“It’s impossible to pick everyone in squads of 22, 18 or the starting eleven. People are going to be upset and disappointed when they are left out.

“Of course, you expect them to be professional and give you the right reaction. But it wasn’t a surprise. Daniel is a great professional, he is in first every morning. He is robust and always available.

“He had a decent season for me last year, he scored a handful of goals and provided a handful of assists.

“But I’m always trying to raise the bar. I’m looking for players in those positions to get double figures in terms of those numbers and that’s the challenge for all of them.”

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