Magazine article The New Yorker

COMMENT GEORGE W. BUSH, NEWS JUNKIE Series: 6/6

Magazine article The New Yorker

COMMENT GEORGE W. BUSH, NEWS JUNKIE Series: 6/6

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Bush said he insulates himself from the "opinions" that seep into news coverage by getting his news from his own aides. He said he scans headlines, but rarely reads news stories. "I appreciate people's opinions, but I'm more interested in news," the president said. "And 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."--The Associated Press, September 22.

8:10 a.m.: During a breakfast briefing in the Oval Office, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld informed the President that, according to the Cibola County, New Mexico, Beacon, members of the Cibola County 4-H performed well during junior week at the New Mexico State Fair. After the President pressed him for more details, Mr. Rumsfeld revealed that Cody Mirabal was named "reserve grand champion" in the over-all swine category, besting four hundred and eighty of the top hogs in the state. Mr. Rumsfeld agreed with Mr. Bush that Mr. Mirabal's hog must have been some hog.

3:49 p.m.: Joining the President on his afternoon jog, Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge briefed him on an article that appeared in the Chattanooga, Tennessee, Times Free Press, reporting that a mustachioed man wearing a flowered dress and a floppy hat attempted to rob a bank in Rome, Georgia, but was apprehended soon afterward. …

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