Former President Jimmy Carter sees the state of the nation from a glass-half-full perspective and said he has PBS and its flagship broadcast “NewsHour” to thank for it.
In an interview with “NewsHour” anchor Judy Woodruff that aired Monday night, Carter, appearing with wife Rosalynn, complimented the broadcast after being asked about the direction of the country.
His answer also followed his wife’s general agreement, despite “the issues and the things that are on the news all the time” and the challenge in trying to “figure out what really to believe.”
But the former president, 96, said he was “fairly optimistic about the future.”
“We watch the ‘NewsHour,’ and your leadership and assessment every night,” Carter said. “And that kind of helps to reassure us.”
He added: “And I think we don’t watch Fox’s presentations very much. We watch MSNBC and CNN very rarely. And all the aspects of social media, we don’t really become involved in it. So, we have a very good balance of news coverage.”
Watch the Carters’ 15-minute interview with “NewsHour” in full here.