Bush Gets Stoned by the World Media "What explains the difference between the elite American media and the rest of the world?
Admission of drug use by a national leader has made front-page news before. When Bill Clinton admitted in the 1992 presidential campaign to smoking marijuana both the Times ('Clinton Admits Experiment With Marijuana in 1960's') and The Post ('Clinton Admits '60s Marijuana Use') ran the story on page one. But that was during the heat of a presidential primary campaign when such revelations can be more consequential. It could be argued that the Wead tapes, coming to light after Bush's reelection, are unlikely to alter the political equation in Washington.
The Bush administration and its supporters have never shied from criticizing news outlets like The Post and the Times for a perceived liberal bias. On tape, Bush complained about a media 'campaign' against him. 'It's unbelievable... they just float sewer out there,' he's quoted as saying.
If the big-name newspapers had played up the drug angle it's reasonable to assume that Republicans and conservatives on talk radio would renew such accusations. They might say liberal editors were dredging up an old story from a disloyal friend to thwart the agenda of a popular conservative president.
Foreign editors (and local TV) have no such worries. They have a simpler view: George Bush using illegal drugs is worth a headline."
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