Hume: Media's 'Loathing' of Trump Does Not Compare to Coverage of Bush 41
Brit Hume weighed in Wednesday on Rush Limbaugh's contention that the media's praise for George H.W. Bush after his death has been "phony."
Speaking to Shannon Bream on Tuesday, the national radio host said the mainstream media acted in a "vicious and partisan" way toward Bush 41 when he was president, similar to the treatment of other Republicans.
"I think it's just a vehicle for them, Shannon, to be able to contrast what they think Trump is versus the way they're telling us Bush was," Limbaugh said.
"The thing is that they never treated George W. Bush this way or George H.W. Bush, either one of them, this way. They had just as much animus for Bush 41 and Bush 43 as they do Trump, for different reasons."
Hume disagreed, recalling that politicians on both sides liked Bush 41, working with him on the Americans With Disabilities Act and a bipartisan budget compromise that hurt him politically.
"I don't think it was personal. This loathing of Trump is a force of nature that is orders of magnitude greater than what they felt about Bush," he explained, adding that many in the media later realized they "badly misjudged" his presidency.
Hume said Bush 41 would not have approved of those in the media speaking kindly about him as a way to draw a contrast to the current administration and bash President Trump.
"He would have hated that," said Hume, explaining that the Bush family did not want that to happen.
Hume downplayed the fact that Hillary Clinton did not greet or look at Trump when he entered the funeral ceremony Wednesday.
"How would you expect it to be? ... I don't think anybody behaved badly," he said, recalling the bitter 2016 campaign between the two.
Watch the full discussion above.