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Bush Clarifies His Newspaper Reading Habits, Sort Of
December 13, 2005

NEW YORK Reports on President Bush's reading habits in regard to newspapers have ranged from "almost never" to "six or seven a day." Some have said he does read the paper every day--but only the sports pages. In one of his several chats with the president on Monday, NBC anchor Brian Williams asked him directly about it.

From the transcript:

WILLIAMS: "Once and for all -- and I know you've had some fun with members of the press on this subject -- how much television news do you watch? How much do you read the morning papers, news magazines? How much do you see in an average week?"

BUSH: "I don't see a lot of the news. Every morning I look at the newspaper. I can't say I've read every single article in the newspaper. But I definitely know what's in the news. Occasionally, I watch television. I don't want to hurt your feelings, but it's occasionally. I'm working at that point, as are you.

"But I'm very aware of what's in the news. I'm aware because I see clips. I see summaries. I have people on my staff that walk in every morning and say, 'This is what's -- this is how I see it. This is what's brewing today,' on both the domestic and international side. Frankly, it is probably part of my own fault for needling people, but it's a myth to think I don't know what's going on. And it's a myth to think that I'm not aware that there is opinions that don't agree with mine. Because I'm fully aware of that. . . .

"I read the newspaper. I mean, I can tell you what the headlines are. I must confess, if I think the story is, like, not a fair appraisal, I'll move on. But I know what the story's about."

Bush says he cherry picks the headlines he likes. Nothing new. 'All leaders must read, but not all readers are leaders' (Richard Nixon). Bush is neither a reader nor a leader. (He's lazy.)

If Bush read the news before his silly war started, he'd have known the UN inspectors were calling his pre war intelligence "outdated" and "garbage." But then, Bush has never been bothered by the facts.