Conservative Pundit and former Bush press secretary Tony Snow is dead

He was 53. I was not a fan of the man’s views or his employers but he had style. No one could turn the tables on a reporter like Snow. He was a worthy opponent. Snow died of colon cancer earlier this morning after leaving the White House last year. He said it was for professional reasons (the paltry $168,000 salary for example) but when he cancer returned and he kept looking sicker and sicker through the rigors of chemotherapy. A lot of people felt he was really living because of his health.

Fortunately he left a body of work behind to confound the masses for ages to come.

On his career the Associated Press wrote:

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.

I’ll miss the guy, if only because I can’t stand our current press secretary Dana Perino. It’s like Dee Dee Myers broke that mold just so she could decorate it with designer shoes and Hello Kitty stickers. Sure, she’s cute and all, perky even, but she’s no Tony Snow.

8 thoughts on “Conservative Pundit and former Bush press secretary Tony Snow is dead

  1. Hi Snob,When I heard about this I immediately wondered if the media is going to go overboard the way they did with Tim Russert.

  2. monie: I’m sure there will be some eulogizing, but I doubt to the extreme of Russert. Russert was a daily fixture on the same show since the 1990s. While Snow is just as accomplished, he doesn’t have the same bipartisan “icon” status that Russert had.Plus, Russert’s death came out of the blue. Snow’s colon cancer had returned last spring and he looked exhausted from the chemo. This wasn’t as much of a surprise. But I’m sure that some will cry “Liberal bias” if they don’t see all four major news networks go into mourning over Snow. I’m sure FOX News will do something akin to what NBC/MSNBC did for Russert and they’ll do their own, private 72-hour grieve-a-thon. But reporters should not be the news unless they “become” the news, a la Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl who was kidnapped and beheaded in Pakistan.I think other networks will acknowledge it, mourn him and do stories, but not to the same degree as Russert.

  3. I actually liked Tony Snow, now him being on Fox is another thing. But I respected the way he stuck to the point and never let the interview turn into something off topic. I actually thought he was going to make it.

  4. freemanpress: Tony could make his points without coming off like an unlikable ass. Which is a great thing if you want to move beyond pure hackery. He understood the art of the interview.

  5. I don’t recall having ever heard of Tony Snow before he was appointed Press Secretary (like ‘processed cheese’, I try to avoid Fox News Channel whenever possible). But I always felt a little sorry for him.On the one hand, if the President of the United States comes to you, personally, and says that a job needs to be done, and he needs you to do it, how do you say ‘No’? Regardless of your personal politics or that of the Administration at that time, if you have any respect for the office of the Presidency, any sense of loyalty to the country, it must be nearly impossible.On the other hand, having seen what your predecessors had been asked to say and do, and having seen what they had been made to endure as a result, what does that say about what this ‘lofty office’ thinks of you? If you had even an iota of integrity or self-respect, how could you say anything but ‘No’?But the first thing I thought was: “Hey! Since when is ‘Max Headroom’ the White House Press Secretary!?!”

  6. I won’t speak ill of the dead. Fox Noise should go all out; wasn’t he over there for a few years? All I think of, looking at the pictures of his kids; they’re barely out of being babies and they’ve lost their father. PS-About Dana Perino – she is the final revenge of the Bush Administration. I swear, they went out and found the prettiest face they could attach to the weakest resume. Everytime they send her out to speak, I can hear the howls of laughter from The West Wing. You can hear the taunt: See if you get 2 sentences strung together that you can understand from her! Yeah, I don’t think so.Nobody Black who was that incompetent would have a job like that.

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