Bush and the Media

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It would take a saint not to laugh at George W. Bush’s verbal surrealism. “A tax cut is really one of the anecdotes to coming out of an economic illness.” “My education message will resignate amongst all parents.” “More and more of our imports come from overseas.” “I will have a foreign-handed foreign policy.”

One media critic argues that Bush may have dyslexia, but it is mild compared to the dyslexia of the media’s talking heads, who are unable or unwilling to distinguish between the president’s unfitness and television’s revelation of it.

So why did television, the medium that should have sunk Bush, elect him, and why aren’t voters more put off by the verbal bumbling of their president?


Mark Crispin Miller, author of “The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder”;

Tod Lindberg, a research fellow at the Hoover Institute and former Editorial Page Editor of the Washington Times.