If you were wondering about how our 43rd president's opinions on the media stack up against our 45th president's, wonder no more.
This morning, former President George W. Bush was interviewed on "Today" by Matt Lauer, and he dropped a few interesting tidbits that may be perceived as quiet insults to President Donald Trump.
Bush eased into the topic of the news media after Lauer grilled him on the divisive state of the country.
"It's hard to unify the country though, with the news media being so split up," Bush said. "When I was president, you know, you mattered a lot more, because there was, like, three of you. And now there's all kinds of information being bombarded out, and people can say things anonymously, and it's just a different world."
Later, Lauer was forthright on the topic of the media, directly alluding to Trump's bashing of the news.
"Well, you bring to me an interesting point because you were a guy who faced both praise and criticism from the media during your time in office," Lauer said. "Even at the times where you dealing with the worst criticism, where it must have been very difficult to hear and read some of the things that were being said by the press in this country, did you ever consider the media to be the enemy of the American people?"
Bush chuckled knowingly.
"I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy," he said. "That we need an independent media to hold people like me to account. 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. One of the things I spent a lot of time doing was trying to convince a person like Vladimir Putin, for example, to accept the notion of an independent press. And it's kind of hard to tell others to have an independent free press when we're not willing to have one ourself [sic]."
Trump's going to need a bit of ice for that burn.
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