Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Your President Ladies and Gentlemen From the Moonie Times, so you know it could not be more complimentary to Bush -- yet observe what the man's reading habits are described as:
"I don't watch the nightly newscasts on TV, nor do I watch the endless hours of people giving their opinion about things," the president said. "I don't read the editorial pages; I don't read the columnists." Yet Mr. Bush regularly monitors the news pages of a select few daily publications. "I get the newspapers -- the New York Times, The Washington Times, The Washington Post and USA Today -- those are the four papers delivered," he said. "I can scan a front page, and if there is a particular story of interest, I'll skim it." The president prides himself on his ability to detect bias in ostensibly objective news stories. "My antennae are finely attuned," he said. "I can figure out what so-called 'news' pieces are going to be full of opinion, as opposed to news. So I'm keenly aware of what's in the papers, kind of the issue du jour. But I'm also aware of the facts." Those facts are extracted from news stories each day and presented to the president by a half-dozen aides, Mr. Card among them. "Since I'm the first one to see him in the morning, I usually give him a quick overview and get a little reaction from him," Mr. Card explained. "Frequently, I find that his reaction kind of reflects [first lady] Laura Bush's take." Indeed, the president often cites articles that Mrs. Bush flags for greater scrutiny, even when he has not personally slogged through those stories. Mrs. Bush routinely delves more deeply into the news pages than her husband, who prefers other sections.
I'm guessing the Sportspage and "Ziggy" pretty much comprise the President's morning reading. Could he be any more lame?
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