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June 16, 2007

Translating Tony Snow

John Caruso says:

It's sometimes difficult to understand Fox White House News Spokesman Tony Snow, since he's taken lying to such heights that the lie density frequently exceeds one lie per word. He's actually lying even when he coughs to clear his throat. So I thought I'd help by translating one of his recent statements.

The rest.

I strongly suspect that Tony Snow doesn't just lie every second of his waking life, but actually lies in his dreams.

AND: Thanks also to Herr Caruso for bringing this Condoleezza Rice quote to my attention:

I am quite certain that it would be difficult for any commission to debate more fully, to investigate more fully, to criticize more fully the policies of the United States Government than is done every night on CNN, on ABC, on CBS, on NBC and on any number of smaller channels in the United States.

The interesting thing is that, when speaking privately, government officials are well aware of the lapdog nature of the US media. In one of the leaked British government documents, David Manning (Blair's chief foreign policy advisor) wrote this to Blair after a meeting with Rice:

It is clear that Bush is grateful for your [Blair's] support and has registered that you are getting flak. I said that you would not budge in your support for regime change but you had to manage a press, a Parliament and a public opinion that was very different from anything in the States.

Posted at June 16, 2007 09:05 PM | TrackBack

Tony Snow takes his job very seriously.

PRESS SECRETARY, n. A White House official who
lies when the president is unable to do it for himself.
(Source: The Devil's Dictionaries: Bierce & Bufe)

Posted by: EvilPoet at June 16, 2007 10:27 PM

I don't actually think they acknowledge the dependence on the lapdog media, just that the media is another target to be tamed. They will not see anything otherwise unless they have their complete way.

Posted by: En Ming Hee at June 16, 2007 10:45 PM

Let's just say that when Tony Snow's cancer relapse was announced, I assumed it was a bogus attempt to steal Elizabeth Edwards' spotlight, having come so soon after her announcement.

Posted by: Jon H at June 17, 2007 06:39 PM

So -- if I'm reading this right -- Tony Blair's downfall can be explained (at least partially) in terms of his failure to "manage" the British press, whereas George Bush's continuing tenure in office can be explained (ditto) by his success in managing the American "press".

Sounds just about right to me.

Posted by: Winter Patriot at June 18, 2007 04:49 PM