Tuesday, March 23, 2004


Dan Bartlett understands the press very well.

These are excerpts from Martha Joynt Kumar's interviews for her Towson University political science class. The sessions can be viewed online at www.ucdc.edu/aboutus/whcstreaming.cfm.


Bartlett, on whether there's a liberal bias in the White House press corps: "I don't think it's a partisan bias. I think most journalists who cover us probably come from a Democrat or liberal persuasion, but I don't think they come in and say, 'I want to attack the president.' I do think it's more motivated by careers. Everyone wakes up every morning and says, 'How am I going to get my pretty little mug on the nightly news?' 'How am I going to get the lead story above the fold?' ... They've got to be provocative."