Friday, May 14, 2004

pResident Dumbass - Part II

Why do Americans reward ignorance? Shouldn't we expect our leaders to at least read/watch the news? Disagree with something in the papers, fine. But ignore the news entirely because it endangers your viewpoint of the world? That's mad.
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President George W. Bush mostly shuns news coverage because he worries it might cloud his "clear outlook" with what he perceives as a left-leaning bias, he said in a book excerpt.

"I like to have a clear outlook," he told the author in one of two interviews. "It can be a frustrating experience to pay attention to somebody's false opinion or somebody's characterization, which simply isn't true."

Bush, who is known for devouring the sports section of newspapers, said he scans the front pages of a few major dailies and, if he finds a particularly interesting story, "I'll skim it."

White House aides, including chief of staff Andy Card, cull the newspapers for information that they present to Bush, who also relies on First Lady Laura Bush's recommendations in deciding which news stories to read.

Okay... first of all, wtf is a "false opinion"??????? How can an opinion be false? An opinion, by definition, is someone's view of the world. You may disagree with my beliefs, but even so, that doesn't make my opinion "false."

But gee... it really must be 'frustrating' for him to have to listen to "somebody's false opinion or somebody's characterization, which simply isn't true" (i.e., information that contradicts his assumptions or viewpoints). I can see how it (i.e., critical thinking) really could get in the way of having a "clear outlook."

If it wasn't so incredibly, ridiculously sad, this would be funny. I mean, you expect this sort of thing coming from a parody site like The Onion, but it came directly from the idiot himself.

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