Bush breaks with Trump, calls media ‘indispensable to democracy’

Former President George W. Bush said Monday that the media is “indispensable to democracy,” a break from the position of his fellow Republican, President Donald Trump, who has called the press “the enemy of the American people.”

“I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. That we need the media to hold people like me to account,” Bush told Matt Lauer, anchor of NBC’s “Today” show. “I mean, power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power, whether it be here or elsewhere.”

Just over a month into his presidency, Trump has shown no sign of letting up in the pitched battle he waged against the press during his campaign, when he banned certain outlets from covering his events for months. Since assuming office, the president has derided multiple media outlets, including The New York Times and CNN, as “fake news” after those outlets and others published reports that were critical of his fledgling administration.

Perhaps inspired by chief White House strategist Steve Bannon, who has referred to the press as the administration’s “opposition party,” Trump launched into an extended anti-media riff during his remarks last week at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Noting that he is “only against the fake news media or press,” Trump lashed out at an industry that he believes has treated him unfairly from the moment he entered the presidential race.

Recalling his own presidency, when he was often the target of withering media critique, Bush said he devoted significant time to extolling the virtues of a free and independent press around the world, including to Russia’s strongman president, Vladimir Putin. Trump has publicly lavished praise on the Russian president, but Bush said it’s important for the U.S. to support set a strong example for leaders like Putin.

“One of the things I spent a lot time doing was trying to convince a person like Vladimir Putin, for example, to accept the notion of an independent press,” Bush said. “And it’s kind of hard to, you know, tell others to have an independent, free press when we’re not willing to have one ourselves.”

A spokesman for Bush confirmed on Election Day 2016 that both the former president and his wife had voted for “None Of The Above for President” instead of casting a ballot for the Republican nominee. Trump spent months pillorying Bush’s brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, as “low energy,” prompting nearly the entire Bush clan to, for the most part, conspicuously avoid the president.

14 Responses to Bush breaks with Trump, calls media ‘indispensable to democracy’

  1. Ian Matic Gale
    Ian Matic Gale February 27, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Because George “Weapons of Mass Destruction” Bush is the poster boy for truth, integrity and credibility! Stupseeeee -_-

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  2. Harry February 27, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    You have missed the point

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  3. Peter February 27, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Trump is a racist dictator. All dictators dislike the free press. Another new unbelievable presidential order is coming soon. It will require that ALL non American visa applicants be fitted with a special device whereby they can be tracked down 24/7 Technology is so advanced that this device which works somewhat like a SIM card will be either swallowed l or surgically implanted. It will require major , costly and life threatening surgery to remove it. The pill format will attach itself to the artery while the implanted chip will be implanted by a surgical procedure which is a walk in walk out procedure. The chip, using nanotechnology can hold more than one trillion bits of information, Ten one million times more than the entire encyclopedia Britannica, the whole Bible, the Oxford dictionary and the world’s archives put together. Every single human will be located where ever they are dead or alive in America arrested and deported. I hope those of you who love Trump really understand the man . Now you know what he means when he says border protection and giving America back to its people. The whites.

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    • Jennifer February 27, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      @Peter – Its called slavery.

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  4. jrsmith February 27, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Who wants to take time from (Bush ) he gave us a never ending faith war, for decades to come,, and is doing the same as the media……….
    Donald Trump said ….. The fake news media ,is the enemy of the American people………
    The (Donald ) is the president of that (USA) the same president we are waiting on in the region to see what he has in stored for us all…….

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  5. Francis February 27, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Hi Peter !! Get serious and leave out the science fiction stuff!!

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    • Peter February 27, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      Francis you are decades behind. Go to YouTube or Google type in the word nanotechnology then brace yourself. Learn something. Come back and tell me what you learnt.

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    • Patricia Harvey February 27, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      Drones were scifi too. But they are as real as a heart attack…right down to the tiniest. Drones are now raining grenades in Iraq. So you need to wise up on that. Now as for Bush vs. Trump: does Bush’s badness justify Trump’s madness?? Trump is a Hitler and is determined to be a dictator. Regardless of what Bush has done [and he did plenty, which is still ongoing] what he has said is absolutely correct.
      The first step in becoming a successful megalomanic dictator is to kill the press so all news comes from you alone. Then randomly kill some people to show you can. Trump is right on cue.
      What are we waiting for? For him to shoot a hole in the bottom of the lifeboat??

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  6. Jennifer February 27, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    The thing is that MANY of us do not know or have any idea exactly what we are dealing with. This is a beast which will never be satisfied. Even his own people he will now enslave due his heartlessness. This is why I keep saying the PLANTATION IS NOW GLOBAL. HE has ENLARGED himself while the docile continue to sleep in the dust. I myself am not worried at all as I know exactly what is coming. However, all will not be lost.

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    • Patricia Harvey February 27, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      Drones were scifi too. But they are as real as a heart attack…right down to the tiniest. Drones are now raining grenades in Iraq. So you need to wise up on that. Now as for Bush vs. Trump: does Bush’s badness justify Trump’s madness?? Trump is a Hitler and is determined to be a dictator. Regardless of what Bush has done [and he did plenty, which is still ongoing] what he has said is absolutely correct.
      The first step in becoming a successful megalomanic dictator is to kill the press so all news comes from you alone. Then randomly kill some people to show you can. Trump is right on cue.
      What are we waiting for? For him to shoot a hole in the bottom of the lifeboat??

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    • Patricia Harvey February 27, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      Only this morning, it occurred to me that Trump is successfully making America over into the Banana Republic they have mocked. He is head orangutan with an erection that he needs to thrust indiscriminately upon particular organisations at home and abroad, and the world at large. Leaders need to be proactive and put things in place to lessen the trauma when his attention turns on us.

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  7. Jennifer February 27, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    What we are dealing with on this earth is a pyramid (Egypt) system for the one world order to emerge to the very top. A GOAT is very good at climbing, they are resilient, patient, persistent and will NEVER be deterred from their goal. With each new goat, they have an ASSIGNED agenda as part of the OVERALL plan, and with each step/plan the population is more and more pacified to accept the plans. e.g Bush’s piece was to continue his father’s plan to oust Saddam Hussein create nuff wars and murder etc, Obaaaama was a controlled puppet with his goat CHARACTERISTICS – his main role was to bring legalize homosexuality and transgender rights in schools etc in which most people have accepted and is in favor of. NOTICE TRUMP WILL NOT UNDO ANY OF THIS. Trump also has his piece of the puzzle to fulfill, believe it or not and we will see this manifest in due time.

    NONE OF THESE LEADERS IN THE USA ARE ANY DIFFERENT and all related to each other too. Meanwhile GB sits back and allow America to take the lead role in the climb and exercise her might. GB too is the same thing with the SHEEPLE at the bottom bleating.

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  8. Jennifer February 27, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    This article reminds me of our very own leaders, they come out and mek nuff noise about something that the other party
    instituted, (mind you they are only doing it for public display, attention, and being a nuisance) when they know full well they agree with it and will do nothing to change it back once they are elected. Master mind manipulation. WORKS EVERY TIME.

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