Former US President George W. Bush stated this week that he believes independent press is absolutely “indispensable to democracy” after he was asked if he agrees with President Trump’s statement saying that media is the “enemy of the people”.
The President stated that it is important for the press to have power to account, and lecturing other nations regarding freedom of expression is more difficult when “we’re not willing to have one ourselves”.
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When NBC’s show Today asked him whether or not he is facing criticism throughout his time as president, he considered media “to be the enemy of the American people”, and said: “I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy.
“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, 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 ourselves.”
Bush had also been asked whether Trump’s promise to unify America was shown in his actions since taking office. He stated: “First of all there’s only been one month in office. He’s got four years. Secondly, I think you have to take the man for his word that he wants to unify the country and we’ll see whether he’s able to do so.
“It’s hard to unify the country, though, with the news media being so split up. When I was President, you know, you [TV news] 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. It’s just a different world.”