Toronto Mike

Deja Vu All Over Again


You've likely seen the footage below which shows Sarah Palin struggling to name a single newspaper she reads.  She can't come up with a newspaper or magazine name, not even the Anchorage Daily freakin' News.

I don't know about you, but I suspect she's not reading the news at all. Somebody else we all know and love didn't read newspapers...  Almost five years ago, I wrote this about George Dubya Bush.

In a recent interview with Fox TV anchor Brit Hume, Bush was asked how he gets his news. His answer frightens me. George W. Bush, President of the United States of America, gets his news from chief of staff Andrew Card and national security adviser Condoleezza Rice. He doesn't watch the news on television, read newspapers or read the news online. Bush's exact quote was "the best way to get the news is from objective sources. And the most objective sources I have are people on my staff who tell me what's happening in the world."
Yikes. Does he really think his staff will be objective? Sure, the media is biased, so that's why it's important he get his news from several different sources. Card and Rice are two sources with a vested interest in telling the President exactly what he wants to hear. For all we know, Bush is under the impression the war in Iraq is very popular. Maybe he thinks his popularity is peaking and that Americans are happy with his performance.

Here's the clip of Palin talking with Katie Couric about the news sources that shape her view of the world.

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