During his interview with Bill O’Reilly that aired last night, President Bush offered a harsh dismissal of some journos. When asked about bias against him in the press (including Bob Woodward) and whether he is portrayed as stubborn, uninformed, etc., the president categorized such criticisms as “propagandizing.” The full exchange went like this (emphasis added):
- O’Reilly: 60 percent of Americans are now against the Iraq war. Why?
Bush: Because they want us to win. They’re wondering whether or not we have the plans in place to win. They want to know whether or not we have the fleixibility on the ground to constantly meet the enemy. And I can understand why there’s frustration. Because the enemy knows that killing innocent people will create a sense of frustration. And they know that they know America. They know that we’re a conscience-driven people that value life. And the more people they destroy, the more innocent lives that are destroyed, the more likely it is that we’ll retreat — in their way of thinking. This is what Osama bin Laden and Zalwahiri have plainly stated. That it’s just a matter of time before America loses her nerve and leaves.
O’Reilly: There’s one other reason they’ve turned against the war in Iraq, is that the anti-Bush press pounds day in and day out in newspapers, on the network news, in books like Bob Woodward’s, that you don’t know what you’re doing there. You have no have a strategy. You don’t listen to dissent. You’ve got this thing in your mind and youâ€™re stubborn and you just can’t win it.
Bush: Well, I’m disappointed that people would propagandize to that effect. Because the stakes are too high for that kind of illogical behavior. We have got a plan — first of all a stated goal. And I have said to our commanders on the ground: “You achieve that goal, and we’ll give you the tools necessary to do it.”
The rest of the President’s interview can be seen tonight and tomorrow night on The O’Reilly Factor, 8:00 p.m., Fox News Channel.