Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Press Secretary Tony Snow

It is somewhat amusing to see misguided commentators criticizing Tony Snow's appointment as White House press secretary. Those critics are playing up Snow's connection with Fox News.

The real story has nothing to do with Fox. Snow is a distinguished and articulate journalist with a long track record, and it is unprecedented that someone with his standing would take this position.

In addition, Snow has never been a partisan hack. Dee Dee Meyers, who was Clinton's press secretary, sees the hiring more clearly. From the Washington Post:

"Tony has stature. He understands how the press works from both sides. He has a big personality, and that can be helpful." But she noted that Snow has "a long paper trail" and would have to defend policies he has criticized.

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