In his first in-depth interview since Donald Trump’s inauguration, former President George W. Bush gave his take on the current commander in chief’s first month in office, addressing Trump’s attack on the media, his controversial immigration policy, and the Russian hacking scandal. Early on in the exclusive sit-down, the former president expressed a clear-eyed support for the news media, saying a free press was 'indispensable to democracy.' 'We needed the media to hold people like me to account,' Bush told TODAY'S Matt Lauer. '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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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.