An interesting nugget from Steve Scully’s recent interview for C-SPAN with President Bush:
Q Media — another institution here.
THE PRESIDENT: Yes.
Q A lot of cable talk shows, a lot of radio programs talking about you. First of all, do you watch the programs?
THE PRESIDENT: No.
Q And have the media treated you fairly?
THE PRESIDENT: You know, it’s hard to tell. I mean, I will tell you my relationship with the media is — with the individuals in the media has been very good. And that’s all I can expect. Of course I read what’s written, and a lot of times don’t like what’s written. Then I realize they may not like what I’m saying. But I have no complaints. In other words, I’m not one of these guys that say, oh, man, everybody misunderstood me because of the media. I’m a little disappointed at some of the platforms that encouraged harsh rhetoric.
Q Such as?
THE PRESIDENT: “Bush is a liar.” And there’s a — it seems like to me that there’s such competition for air space that some people feel like if they can yell louder, with harsher rhetoric, then they’ll get noticed.