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Analysis - Press Conference vs. Coverage

Press Conference delivered by Bush, February 28 at the White House.
Fox News reporting on the press conference delivered by President Bush.

It is interesting to see how the news reportings inverted pyramid is the exact opposite fomr the press conferences inverted pyramid.

In the press conference giving by President Bush on February 28, he listed three priorities: for legislation to pass or renew a terrorist communication law, for congress to support the troops and stop trying to retreat and finally that congress needs to act on helping homeowners to avoid foreclosure. During the question and answer part of the press conference, one of the first questions was about the staggering GDP and Bush said that he believes that the economy is not going into recession, especially after the bill that will give rebates to tax payers.

On the new report by Fox News, most of the report was about the recession and Bush's response on how the economy will not go into recession. It then talked about the surveillance law and how Bush should protect the troops.

The press conference expresses what is important for the government, the news report reports on what is important for the people. For Americans, it seems, that even though the Iraq war ranks on top 5 issues in the United States, that the recession and our economy has surpassed the Iraq war in importance. But for Bush his whole presidency has been about the Iraq war, for him to loose the battle with his people and with the government will defeat his whole purpose and so his most pressing matter is the terrorist communication law and the support of congress in the war in Iraq.