"The best way to get the news is from objective sources," President George Walker Bush said, "And the most objective sources I have are people on my staff," on a recent Fox News Sunday appearance.
The people on Bush's staff are rational people, and they want to keep their jobs. One gets what one inspects, not what one expects1. President Bush is trusting these people, who have been known to lie to us (re: Iraq), not to lie to him, even though their self-interested position would be to lie to him, to keep their jobs and reputations.
One loony conservative commentator went so far as to suggest that by skipping the national news, Bush was skipping the "middleman," since a lot of news is White House leaked, anyway. To drooling morons who think like this, recall that none of the following (Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Powell, Rove, Rove or Rove) have been on a real trip into Iraq or Afghanistan. Rumsfeld going there to shake Saddam's hand in 1983 does not make him an expert on what is happening there today, as it didn't make him an expert on what was happening then.
Our Czar, G. Walker Bush, is being told lies.
(1) Admiral, USN