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The Press Passes On Another Bush Tumble

05/25/2011 11:50 am ET

Not sure which was funnier, the lead from the Sunday Scotsman article regarding new details about Bush's bicycling mishap last summer in Scotland where he was attending the G8 summit ("proof has emerged that President George Bush cannot ride a bike, wave and speak at the same time"), or the Scotsman's naive belief that the embarrassing revelations might cause Bush some discomfort inside the Beltway. Naive because anyone who has watched the MSM for the last five years knows the American press has little interest in embarrassing the president on a personal level and steadfastly refuses to push the obvious narrative of Bush as a physical bumbler, a sort of modern day Gerald Ford. That's why the Scotsman's details from the until-now unpublished police report about Bush plowing his mountain bike into a poor, unsuspected constable, doing serious damage to the officer's ankle and forcing him to miss nearly four months of work, has been quietly boycotted by the U.S. press corps.

The Scotsman's scoop has been picked up by press outlets in Europe and Australia, and it's all over the internet, but the MSM institutions in the U.S.--all of them--have dubbed the episode to be off-limits for American news consumers: ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, UPI, and on and on the list goes.

Obviously the bike story doesn't qualify as big news or require extensive write-ups and lots of TV time. But by refusing to acknowledge the news item even exists, the press highlights its odd urge to play nice with Bush.

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