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John Kerry and George W. Bush, the Democrat and Republican who will compete this November for the presidency, both attended similar New England preparatory schools, both graduated from Yale, and both received advanced degrees from prestigious east coast colleges. But, somewhere along the way, they developed dramatically different reading habits.
Where Bush says he does not read newspapers, Kerry says he cannot get enough of them. And that distinction, Kerry suggested when he sat down with this reporter for a rare extended interview on media issues this week, sums up a radically different vision of how a president should gather and process information they must use to make fundamental decisions about the direction of the nation and the world.
"I read four or five papers a day if I can," said Kerry, when asked about his newspaper reading habits. "It depends obviously on where I am and what I'm doing. I always pick up a local paper in the hotel I'm staying at, or two depending on what the city is. And I try to get the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, papers like that. I try to read as much as I can."
When asked last fall by Fox News anchor Brit Hume how he gets his news, Bush said he asks an aide, "What's in the newspapers worth worrying about?" The president added that, "I glance at the headlines just to kind of (get) a flavor of what's moving. I rarely the stories..."
Instead of gathering information himself, Bush said he prefers to "get briefed by people who probably read the news themselves" and "people on my staff who tell me what's happening in the world."
Originally posted by Relentless
Another non issue as far as I can see.
Originally posted by RANT
That's fine Relentless. I wasn't suggesting Bush go to the Washington Post for intel. Though it would speak to a much needed curiosity about the world in which we live and he governs.
But relying on a self reflecting bubble like Cheney and Ashcroft while touting yourself as in touch with mainstream America is a problem.
Bush went to THE POPE for advice on Stem Cell research. He supported a Constitutional amendment to Ban Gay marriage. Im sure he was told he has America's full support though. He may still be under that impression.
You see no need for curiosity or double checking the reliability of your "yes" men? I would. But then I read.
Originally posted by Relentless Another non issue as far as I can see. The newspapers are filled with spin and misinformation.
Originally posted by FlyersFan
The president of the United States doesn't go to newspapers (most of which should be renamed to propagandapapers). He gets his briefings without the spin and propaganda.
BTW - Newspapers don't reflect mainstream America. They reflect the leanings of who ever owns them and what propaganda they want to spew to brainwash people with.
Originally posted by Relentless
Another non issue as far as I can see.etc...
But I'd much rather see a President relying on his own sources (since who has better access to sources, him or the reporters?) than all the suspect BS in the media.