“Remember that commonplace liberal jab at President Bush, that he’d admitted to not reading the morning papers?”, Kathy Shaidle recently asked:

I got into it once with a former acquaintance, a Canadian “moderate” blogger (that means “liberal”) whose winning smile and considerable personal charm endeared him to many of my fellow “conservatives.”

Being temperamentally immune to the charms of “charm,” I was slightly less smitten.

During one online exchange, he mocked George W. Bush’s baldfaced admission that he didn’t read the New York Times.

“Surely you know,” I responded, “that the President of the United States receives a morning briefing package that contains information the New York Times can only dream of getting its hands on?”

I don’t recall the blogger’s reply.

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In any event, I keep thinking of that exchange whenever I hear Obama’s “I read about it in the newspapers just like you did” “explanation” for his ignorance of this latest (that we know of) IRS mischief.

If the President is telling the truth, he’s a fool. (Your leader still wastes precious time perusing warmed-over “news” from dubious, biased sources?

If he’s lying, then… he’s lying.

Well yes, that’s a recurring theme of Mr. Obama, his attorney general, and his press secretary.

Of course, given how much the administration worked to shape the news, particularly before it took office and in its early days, and how supine the MSM as a whole acted during that period, how much of the news Mr. Obama receives wouldn’t simply be what “journalists” think he wants to hear?

(See also: Unexpectedly!)