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R.I.P. Tony Snow, Fair Journalist, Good Man

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

Former Bush press secretary Tony Snow dies

By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – Tony Snow, a conservative writer and commentator who cheerfully sparred with reporters in the White House briefing room during a stint as President Bush’s press secretary, died Saturday of colon cancer. He was 53.

"America has lost a devoted public servant and a man of character," President Bush said in a statement from Camp David, where he was spending the weekend. "It was a joy to watch Tony at the podium each day. He brought wit, grace, and a great love of country to his work." …

Snow was working for Fox News Channel and Fox News Radio when he replaced Scott McClellan as press secretary in May 2006 during a White House shake-up. Unlike McClellan, who came to define caution and bland delivery from the White House podium, Snow was never shy about playing to the cameras.

With a quick-from-the-lip repartee, broadcaster’s good looks and a relentlessly bright outlook — if not always a command of the facts — he became a popular figure around the country to the delight of his White House bosses…

"All of us here at the White House will miss Tony, as will the millions of Americans he inspired with his brave struggle against cancer," Bush said.

Snow resigned as Bush’s chief spokesman last September, citing not his health but a need to earn more than the $168,000 a year he was paid in the government post. In April, he joined CNN as a commentator.

As press secretary, Snow brought partisan zeal and the skills of a seasoned performer to the task of explaining and defending the president’s policies. During daily briefings, he challenged reporters, scolded them and questioned their motives as if he were starring in a TV show broadcast live from the West Wing.

Critics suggested that Snow was turning the traditionally informational daily briefing into a personality-driven media event short on facts and long on confrontation. He was the first press secretary, by his own accounting, to travel the country raising money for Republican candidates.

Although a star in conservative politics, as a commentator he had not always been on the president’s side. He once called Bush "something of an embarrassment" in conservative circles and criticized what he called Bush’s "lackluster" domestic policy.

Most of Snow’s career in journalism involved expressing his conservative views

Mr. Snow was a true gentleman and an excellent journalist. He actually was "fair and balanced."

So of course the Associated Press and the rest of the media will stress that he was a dreaded "conservative."

Which is in contradistinction to what they say about departed liberal reporters, whose politics are never mentioned.

Imagine something like this being written about a liberal journalist:

Tony Snow, a conservative writer and commentator… was never shy about playing to the cameras.

With a quick-from-the-lip repartee, broadcaster’s good looks and a relentlessly bright outlook — if not always a command of the facts — he became a popular figure around the country to the delight of his White House bosses…

Snow brought partisan zeal and the skills of a seasoned performer… he challenged reporters, scolded them and questioned their motives as if he were starring in a TV show broadcast live from the West Wing…

Critics suggested that Snow was turning the traditionally informational daily briefing into a personality-driven media event short on facts and long on confrontation.

Most of Snow’s career in journalism involved expressing his conservative views…

What media bias?

Well, calling Mr. Snow a conservative only brings honor to conservatism.

God speed to a good and courageous man who died in the prime of his life.

The nation will miss him.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, July 12th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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