Yesterday, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino held a news briefing aboard Air Force One where she went over President Bush’s media schedule. His two upcoming appearances? Fox News and Fox Business Channel. From the briefing:
PERINO: Okay, a couple of scheduling updates for you before we take off, back to Washington, D.C.
The President on his ranch this morning had an interview with Bret Baier of FOX News, for a documentary that Bret is producing for January, that will run in January.
QUESTION: Isn’t there a FOX thing tomorrow that —
PERINO: The FOX Business Channel interview is happening tomorrow. It was rescheduled from — it was supposed to happen the day the President went to California. The President wasn’t supposed to go to California that day; we just had to reschedule the event, so that interview is on for tomorrow.
QUESTION: Oh, okay, it’s different.
PERINO: It’s different, yes. Bret’s interview won’t air until January. That’s a separate channel.
With 64 percent of the American public unhappy with the job he is doing, Bush is sticking to friendly media. In September, the White House cherry-picked NPR’s Juan Williams — who is also a Fox News contributor — to conduct an exclusive interview. When NPR insisted that someone other than Williams interview the President, the White House backed out. “[W]e’re grateful for the opportunity to talk to the president but we wanted to determine who did the interview,” said NPR.
Bush’s father, George H.W., also recently appeared on Fox News and said that when he watches TV news, he tends to “turn on the Fox.” Vice President Cheney requires that all televisions in his hotel room be turned to Fox News whenever he travels and in 2004, he told “a conference call” of “tens of thousands of Republicans” that he ends up “spending a lot of time watching Fox News.”