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You Stay Classy MSM

Posted by Mike on July 12, 2008

All decent human beings are saddened by Tony Snow’s death. Which brings me to the AP and the New York Slimes. On the very day Tony Snow passes away, the AP projected their own failures on to the brilliant and decent man:

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.

The New York Slimes obit did the same thing.

Incorrectly assuming for the purposes of discussion that the MSM swipes are accurate, is it really appropriate supposedly objective media to attack a decent man on the day he dies? The fact of the matter is that Tony Snow routinely put the lazy and biased American media in their place with accurate facts that contradicted their own unresearched assumptions and left-leaning biases. The media never could stand up to Snow while he was alive. Maybe that is why they are so classless now.

Hat tip: The Corner

UPDATE: Newsbusters has more on the classless AP.

UPDATE 2: Patterico hits the nail on the head.

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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.

AP photo.

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McClellan’s New Book

Posted by Ryan on May 28, 2008

Former Bush Press Secretary Scott McClellan has written a book that apparently says nothing new about the Bush Administration:  Plame?  Been there (Richard Armitage, folks).  The Rove-Libby-Cheney Triumvirate of Evil?  Done That.  The government response to Katrina had flaws?  Yawn.  Bush actually at one point tried to sell his Iraq policy to the people?  I’m shocked!  It’s early readers indicate many issues and points that may have been packaged to make a headline, or taken out of context. 

My take on their leaks are that the book is mostly a regurgitation of old news.  However, that’s not going to stop Bush’s enemies from bringing up the same old arguments to smack Dubya one last time on every old argument during this election cycle!  Democrat hack, Robert Wexler, wants to call McClellan in front of a House Judiciary Committee to attempt to connect corruption to Cheney — Wexler, who has been wanting to impeach Cheney for quite a while now.

I always thought Scott McClellan was a wimp that should have been replaced by Tony Snow much earlier.  Ari Fleischer was a great White House Press Secretary who could handle Helen Thomas and treated dumb questions with appropriate condescension.  In contrast, McClellan always seemed like a deer in the headlights during a critical time in our history and I was glad when he was replaced.  Ari Fleischer also is “scratching his head” over the book, since the Scott McClellan he knew would have voiced these concerns at least in private. 

Making a buck off his old boss seems to be McClellan’s m.o.  I agree with Karl Rove on this one: thus far, McClellan is starting to sound “like a left-wing blogger.”

AP photo.

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