MEDIA WATCH: Bush baffles public on 'Meet The Press'

President Bush's February 8 Meet the Press interview prompted a slew of editorials and letters. Opinions were generally critical and often expressed bafflement at his confusing and unclear responses to questions about the war in Iraq and domestic policy. Many noted that Bush seemed unprepared and uncomfortable in dealing with host Tim Russert and many speculated that one-on-one interviews will do little to help his reelection chances.

President Bush's February 8 Meet the Press interview prompted a slew of editorials and letters. Opinions were generally critical and often expressed bafflement at his confusing and unclear responses to questions about the war in Iraq and domestic policy. Many noted that Bush seemed unprepared and uncomfortable in dealing with host Tim Russert and many speculated that one-on-one interviews will do little to help his reelection chances.

Most frequent messages: 1. Bush was unclear about the direction/success of foreign policy 2. Bush was vague on WMD and his justification for the war in Iraq 3. Bush's National Guard service record is suspicious and deceitful 4. Bush appeared to be generally unprepared and uncomfortable 5. Bush was unclear about direction/success of domestic policy Based on 43 US newspaper editorials and letters-to-the-editor appearing February 9-10, 2004. Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International.

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