Thursday, May 13, 2004
But He Reads The Sports Page Every Day
This time about Mr. Bush's reading habits.
He quotes from a Washington Times atricle, apparently excerpted from Bill Sammon's new insider account of the Bush presidency, Misunderestimated: The President Battles Terrorism, John Kerry and the Bush Haters.
Mr. Bush thinks that immersing himself in voluminous, mostly liberal-leaning news coverage might cloud his thinking and even hinder his efforts to remain an optimistic leader.Amazing.
"I like to have a clear outlook," he said. "It can be a frustrating experience to pay attention to somebody's false opinion or somebody's characterization, which simply isn't true."
Josh has this to say about that.
How 'frustrating' it is to have to listen to "somebody's false opinion or somebody's characterization, which simply isn't true" (i.e., information that contradicts our assumptions and viewpoints)?The dangers of having an un-curious man in a job that needs all the curiosity and questioning it can get.
It (i.e., critical thinking) really gets in the way of having a "clear outlook", right?
Now, certainly no one is perfect when it comes to subjecting and then resubjecting their viewpoints to fresh facts or challenging their assumptions with intelligently stated contrary views. I can't claim to be. But it's one thing to fall short of the mark and another to work out a system of self-rationalization and denial to ensure you come nowhere near the mark. And this is it in spades.
He doesn't even need the yes-men who "extract" the "facts" from the news articles. He's his own built-in yes-man.
How could we have ignored so many warnings, so much expert advice, so many facts staring us in the face? The president just gave you the answer.