Supporters of George Bush are miffed about the passes the media has given President Obama for trespasses the former president would likely have been excoriated for. “We have a joke about it. We’re going to start a website: IfBushHadDoneThat.com,” former Bush counselor Ed Gillespie tells Politico. Some examples of perceived media bias:
- Cutting off Fox News: "Had I said about MSNBC what the Obama White House said about Fox," says Ari Fleischer, "the media uproar would still be going on."
- Politicizing the White House: Gibbs and Axelrod sat in on an Afghan strategy meeting. "Oh, the howling and screaming that would have happened if Karl Rove was sitting in on even a deputies-level meeting," a Bush aide says.
- Secret business: Bush and co. were called to task for talking behind closed doors with the oil industry. Is the Obama administration's dealings with Big Pharma on health care that different?
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