Flash! President Bush Says He Reads Papers

Is there hope for newspapers after all? Readers may be abandoning the printed versions, but over the last couple of years, at least one person seems to have started reading them, at least sometimes, according to the New York Times.

He lives in the White House.

President Bush declared in 2003 that he did not read newspapers, but at his final  news conference of the year last week, he casually mentioned that he had seen something in the paper that very day.

Asked for his reaction to word that Vice President Cheney would be called to testify in the CIA leak case, the president allowed: “I read it in the newspaper today, and it’s an interesting piece of news.”

That was a marked contrast with his position in 2003, when he told  Brit Hume on Fox News that he glanced at the headlines, but “I rarely read the stories,” because, he said, they mix opinion with fact.

He said he preferred to get his news from “objective sources” — like “people on my staff who tell me what’s happening in the world.”