WATCH: Grinning Bush Smacks Down Lauer for Trying to Pit Him Against Trump
Former President George W. Bush put NBC’s Matt Lauer in his place during an interview about President Donald Trump and his treatment of the media.
The former president responded by saying the media haven’t exactly made President Trump’s job all that easy.
“When I was president, you (the major networks) mattered a lot more,” Bush told Lauer with a smile on his face. “Because there were, like, three of you. And now there’s all kinds of information being bombarded out. People can say things anonymously, and it’s just a different world.”
As you can hear, President Bush was talking specifically about the explosion of internet news sources, social media and the vast number of ways Americans consume news in 2017, versus the ways they could consume news in 2000.
Of course, Lauer set up the question by talking about how difficult Bush’s first days in office were after a contentious election that was ultimately decided by the Supreme Court. As a card-carrying member of the liberal mainstream media, Lauer conveniently omitted any reference to the fact that the 2000 election was contentious largely because of the actions of media hacks like Lauer.
While President Bush did put Lauer in his place at first, the former president also noted that a free and independent press is crucial to American democracy.
He also opened up about the criticisms from the media he faced as president. When asked if he ever considered the media to be the enemy of the American people, Bush responded: “I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. That we need an independent media to hold people like me to account.”
“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.”