Tony Snow Dies at 53
Posted by Ryan on July 12, 2008
Former White House Press Secretary, radio talk-show host, moderator of “Fox News Sunday,” and former speechwriter for Bush 41, Tony Snow finally succumbed to the colon cancer he had been battling for a few years now when he died at about 2am Saturday morning at Georgetown University Hospital. Although they had removed his colon a few years ago, the cancer nonetheless spread to his liver last year. He leaves behind a wife, three children and many friends and admirers.
I’d been watching Tony Snow ever since my local cable finally carried Fox News back in 2000. It was kind of awkward watching Chris Wallace take over for him as the moderator of “Fox News Sunday” a few years later. Also, I remember Tony Snow filling for Rush once in a while when I was in college (Sean Hannity would also fill in from time to time, which happened to be my first exposure to both Hannity and Snow — thanks Rush for recognizing talent!). As Press Secretary, it was so refreshing to see Snow strike back at the MSM who was unsuccessfully trying desperately to embarrass him and the White House like they did so effectively to Scott McClellan.
Like Tim Russert, this death is a huge loss to the media and culture as both were taken from us with so much potential left to be realized.