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Entering the media battle over Obama's legacy

Entering the media battle over Obama's legacy

The media battle over the image and legacy of Barack Obama is on.

A film titled "Barry" about his search for identity as a student at Columbia University is now streaming on Netflix. A two-hour National Geographic documentary on what he did and did not accomplish during his eight years in office debuts Jan. 15. And a Ta-Nehisi Coates essay titled "My President Was Black" is the January/February cover story of The Atlantic.

Meanwhile, the president himself is now telling friendly interviewers like former aide David Axelrod that he could have beaten Donald...

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