Former President George W. Bush gave a rare interview on February 27, opening up about his thoughts on the first month of the Trump presidency. Bush condemned Trump’s war on the media, urging him to remember that the press is who keeps leaders from abusing their power! Watch here!
If there’s any former president to ask about Donald Trump‘s shocking attack on the press, it’s George W. Bush. The controversial 43rd president, who had his fair share of criticism from the press during his two terms in office, was asked his thoughts about Trump lashing out at the “fake news” media during a Today interview on February 27. Did Bush every consider the press to be the “enemy of the people” while he was president? Nope!
“I consider the media to be indispensable for democracy,” Bush told Matt Lauer. “We need an independent media to hold people like me (presidents) to account. Power can be very addictive, and it can be corrosive and it’s important for the media to call to account those who abuse their power, whether it’s here or elsewhere.
“One of the things I spent a lot of time doing [as president], was trying to convince people like Vladimir Putin, for example, of the notion of a free and independent press,” Bush continued. “It’s kind of hard to have an independent free press when we won’t have one ourselves.”
The interview comes just days after CNN anchor Jake Tapper gave an impassioned on-air speech condemning the White House for banning specific news outlets from their press briefings. CNN, The New York Times, LA Times, Politico, and Buzzfeed were turned away from the presser, a move that Jake called “un-American”.
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