Former President George W. Bush appeared on NBC's Today show Monday morning and expressed his views on the press.
When asked about the role news publications and broadcasts play, he said, "I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy."
He continued, "We need an independent media to hold people like me to account. Power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive, and it's important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power..."
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Bush also noted that a lot has changed since his tenure, commenting, "Now there's all kinds of information being bombarded out, and people can say things anonymously. It's just a different world."
His statements came not long after President Trump asserted the press is the "enemy of the American people."
Trump did offer a bit of clarity on that proclamation during last week's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), saying, "I called the fake news the enemy of the people. They are the enemy of the people, because they have no sources. They just make them up when there are none."
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