April 25, 2006

White House propaganda shop brings in new press flack from their network division

Tony Snow, the Fox News talking head is all but confirmed as being the new White House press secretary replacing the coma-inducing Scotty McClellan.

There's been other press secretaries who've moved from that position to the networks, but I can't recall one coming from a network to the White House.

Since Fox is essentially an arm of the Republican/White House propaganda operation (aka The Mighty Wurlitzer) this will likely not come as any shock that one of their top news heads would make an easy transition to chief liar and stonewaller for Bush.

After all, you have to have no real committment to telling the truth and be committed to flinging inaccurate and utterly biased crap at the rubes to work for Fox, and you also have to have those same qualities to flack for Bush. I guess in that respect Snow is a natural.

But is this significant? What does it say that Bush goes shopping for a new press secretary at Fox news? Is this proof that Fox is a functioning arm of the entire right wing, ultra capitalist, Republican, Fundy right and White House propaganda machine?

What would have been said if Clinton tapped Dan Rather for his press secretary?

Or is this really no big deal?

By the way, they're lucky they found ANYONE who would take the job. Bush is in the low 30s in several polls. But since the people at Fox don't really care who they lie for as long as they're well paid to do it, I guess Snow won't mind propping up the lying, incompetent, overly secretive boob that sullies the White House.


At 4/25/2006 11:54 AM, Anonymous paladin said...

What? No comparisons to Goebbels? You're slipping!

At 4/25/2006 1:43 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Pal, what would your reaction have been if Clinton named Dan Rather or say, Peter Jennings as his new press secretary?

Just curious.

At 4/25/2006 2:25 PM, Anonymous paladin said...

Frankly, I wouldn't have been shocked. Since when is press secretary to POTUS a nonpartisan position? But I guess you're admitting that Rather, Jennings, etc. aren't "fair and balanced" either.
Scott McClellan was a disaster and Tony Snow (or just about anyone else) should be an improvement. He knows how to handle himself in front of TV cameras, he knows the issues and how journalists will attack them. Considering the fact that WH briefings have been televised for some time, I think television experience will be a requirement, or at least a desirable quality for all future WH press secretarys.

I do hope you know I was just joking with the "Goebbels" thing----that's what this little thingy is for---- ;-)

I don't know why you're still trying to turn everything into an opportunity for partisan point scoring since I've mentioned several times that I'm a proud member of the Plague On Both Their Houses Party.

At 4/25/2006 2:32 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Just because you dislike both parties doesn't give you immunity from getting taken to task. ;-)

At 4/25/2006 10:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Governors like Jim Thompson and Jim Edgar routinely raided the Statehouse press corps to hire PR flacks. That is a common happening in Springfield, although not so much during the past 10 years or so. They're hired for their expertise and ability to talk to reporters. It can be a good stepping stone for a reporter.
But you have to have some comfort level with the public official.


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