The president, on message

Bush schools Jim Lehrer on the story of the day.

By Tim Grieve

Published December 16, 2005 8:34PM (EST)

For a guy who claims not to read newspapers -- or at least not much -- George W. Bush sure seems to have a strong view about what ought to be in them. When Bush tried to sidestep questions today about the New York Times' report on his secret spying program, PBS's Jim Lehrer protested that the story is on "the front page of the New York Times, the Washington Post, every newspaper in America today, and it's ... it's the main story of the day." Bush cut him off and said: "It's not the main story of the day ... The main story of the day is the Iraqi election."

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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