May 16, 2006


It's Not What Snow Doesn't Say, It's How He Doesn't Say It (Dana Milbank, May 17, 2006, Washington Post)

It began as the Tony Snow show. It turned out more like "Oprah."

The new White House press secretary gave his first televised briefing yesterday, and the former Fox News commentator was dispatching questioners with a sprightly blend of barbs, colloquialisms and one-liners. Then a local TV reporter in the back asked why Snow was wearing a yellow wristband.

"It's going to sound stupid, and I'll be personal here," Snow, a survivor of colon cancer, said of his Lance Armstrong bracelet. Then he choked up. Unable to speak, he raised his hand, gripped the lectern and drummed his fingers while 10 seconds of silence passed. "Having gone through this last year," he continued, and then he lapsed into another silence. Finally, he added: "It was the best thing that ever happened to me."

Nine more seconds of awkward silence followed as Snow struggled to regain his composure. "It's my Ed Muskie moment," he quipped, and the briefing room filled with laughter.

It was the pinnacle of a boffo debut by Snow. Reporters leaving the 40-minute session would discover that, like his predecessors, Snow had imparted no useful information to them. But he had done it in a far more entertaining manner.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 16, 2006 11:54 PM

"Snow had imparted no useful information to them." Because there is no useful information to impart. Snow is not going to say anything against the President, the only information useful to the journalists. Snow doesn't even say anything that can be twisted and spinned into useful info. A reporter asked: Do you really think we need another tax cut with the booming economy? Snow: Are you going to tell me you are against a booming economy?

Posted by: ic at May 17, 2006 3:23 AM

Even Roget couldn't come up with new words to describe the shamelessness and smarminess of the leftwing media. The couple of handfuls of media names keep recycling the same things over and over in the vain hope of scoring "the big one" which will bring down Bush.

How does one tell when a coffee cup is emblazoned as opposed to just having a logo on it? Just asking.

Posted by: erp at May 17, 2006 9:56 AM

-- Do you really think we need another tax cut with the booming economy? --

According to the MSM, we don't have a booming economy.

Posted by: Sandy P at May 17, 2006 10:26 AM