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It's The Credibility, Stupid

Froomkin: "President Bush's fundamental challenge as he tries to regain his political footing is that most Americans don't trust him anymore. In the

Froomkin:

"President Bush's fundamental challenge as he tries to regain his political footing is that most Americans don't trust him anymore. In the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll, for instance, 53 percent of Americans said they do not consider him honest and trustworthy. A recent New York Times/CBS News poll found 52 percent of Americans believe the Bush administration intentionally misled the public in making its case for war in Iraq. Serious stuff.

And yet, when Bush faces the press corps -- either en masse, in a news conference, or in the occasional sit-down interview -- the central issue of credibility typically goes unexplored. That may be why so many Bush critics are so frustrated with the mainstream media coverage of the president -- and why you hear so many fantasies about how Jon Stewart, or a roused Oprah Winfrey, would do a better job."

Thank you Dan for getting to the heart of the matter. No wonder why the WaPo reporters don't like your column. You do their job better. When will the press finally start asking the important questions?

Desi has a take too.

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