The mystery of Jeb Bush's media diet

RTR4SFV3Reuters/Jim YoungFormer Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R).

Does former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) actually read The New York Times?

The likely presidential candidate raised a few eyebrows last week when he claimed he doesn’t read The Times during a Fox News Radio interview.

“I don’t read The New York Times to be honest with you,” he said when asked about a Times report on the religious right’s unhappiness with his candidacy.

If Bush doesn’t read The Times, it would appear he changed his reading habits since 2009, when he told Esquire magazine that The Grey Lady was part of his daily routine. Politico first called attention to the Esquire piece on Tuesday.

“I read The New York Times. I read The Wall Street Journal. I read the Sayfie Review, which is about Florida politics,” Bush is quoted saying about his “every day” reading activities.

However, Bush would hardly be the first likely GOP presidential contender to distance himself from The Times, which has a left-leaning editorial board. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) joked last month that he was giving up the paper for Lent. And Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said last week that a Times story sceptical of his chances was a badge of honour.

“When The New York Times says that the Washington elites despise me, my only question is whether I have to disclose that to the FEC as an in-kind donation,” Cruz said. “Frankly, I can’t think of a better ground to run on.”

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