During the presidential primary campaign in 1999-2000, New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger asked then-Texas governor George Bush when he would agree to an interview with the paper. Bush demurred, citing scheduling difficulties. Nine years later, Bush has still not done a single interview with the NYT. In a recent online chat, NYT reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg noted:
The New York Times, for instance, has had a standing request to interview President Bush since well before I came on this beat in May 2006. So far, no interview — and the reason why is hardly a secret. White House officials are quite open about the fact that we have not gotten an interview because they don’t like our coverage. I get e-mails to that effect from them all the time. But the request still stands, and we are hoping for an interview before Mr. Bush leaves office.