BARACK OBAMA SITS DOWN FOR AN INTERVIEW WITH VOX, and Politico’s Jack Shafer comments: “I’ve seen subtler Scientology recruitment films.” Ouch.

Plus: “Explainer journalism, as practiced by Klein, purports to break down complex policy issues into laymen-friendly packages that are issued from the realm of pure reason. But as Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry succinctly put it last summer in The Week, ‘Vox is really partisan commentary in question-and-answer disguise’ that ‘often looks more like a right-wing caricature of what a partisan media outlet dressed up as an explainer site would look like.'”