July 12, 2008

Classless AP Takes Cheap Shots at Just-Passed Tony Snow (UPDATE: An Obit Done Right; NB Commenters Note Russert Contrast)

At long last, has the Associated Press lost all sense of decency?

The AP’s story (saved here for future reference in case the wire service is embarrassed into revising it; you might consider saving it too as Exhibit A on how far over the cliff the dinosaur media has driven itself) by Douglass K. Daniel, with Jennifer Loven contributing (I might have known), gets in at least three cheap, fundamentally untrue, and totally uncalled-for shots at Tony Snow, who died earlier this morning.

I won’t sully my front page with any of them. They follow the jump:

With a quick-from-the-lip repartee, broadcaster’s good looks and a relentlessly bright outlook — if not always a command of the facts — he became a popular figure around the country to the delight of his White House bosses.

….. 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.

Godspeed Tony. I’m sure God will take an objective view of your life, and you’ll waltz right in to be with Him for eternity.

Otherwise, words fail. How dare they?

I’ll let commenters supply them.

The White House’s statement is here at the Corner.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.


UPDATE: A reader learns more about Tony Snow in this seven-para, 200 or so-word obit at the New Daily News’s “Mouth of the Potomac” blog than it does in the AP’s self-absorbed, vindictive 15 paras and 650-plus words:

Renaissance Man Tony Snow Dies

Former White House press secretary Tony Snow died this morning after waging a courageous three-year battle with colon cancer. He is survived by his wife Jill and three children. He was 53.

“All of us here at the White House will miss Tony, as will the millions of Americans he inspired with his brave struggle against cancer. One of the things that sustained Tony Snow was his faith — and Laura and I join people across our country in praying that this good man has now found comfort in the arms of his creator,” President Bush said in a statement.

Snow worked in both Bush administrations, first as speech writer to George H.W. Bush and later as spokesman for President George W. Bush. The first moderator of the “Fox News Sunday” program, he was also a radio personality, columnist, news anchor, basketball fan and musician. CNN recently announced Snow would join its network as a conservative commentator,

Snow was liked and admired by the White House press corps, and he enjoyed spending time with reporters on and off camera.

A saddened Fox News President Roger Ailes said on his network, “What radiated from Tony was a kindness and a gentleness, but with some intellectual power. We all loved him.”

UPDATE 2: Some NewsBusters commenters are validly noting the contrast between how Tim Russert’s death was handled by the center-right vs. how the left is classlessly and boorishly handling Snow’s death.

UPDATE 3, 11:55 p.m.: The traffic at the NewsBusters version of this post today was absolutely phenomenal, which leaves me with mixed feelings.

This afternoon I suggested that NB put their Tony Snow death announcement at the top and keep it there (they did), so as to not unduly distract from celebrating Snow’s time with us and to mourn his passing. That’s why I also kept my RIP post at the top here at BizzyBlog.

So I want to leave the deserved negativity directed at the the two AP (Arrogant Punk) reporters and the people who supposedly review their work before publication behind me tonight, and keep tomorrow clear for other things around here.

Thus, one more shot at Loven and Daniel, and that will be it: When, in any obituary, have you EVER been told what the deceased’s salary was? The only reason to include that information was to make Snow look like a greedy guy. And who benefited from his “greed”? Why, his wife and three children. How dare he look to earn more money? The nerrrrve.

And lots of folks, including Ben at The Point, plausibly think that Snow made have used this “private sector” reason for leaving because he knew that his remaining time with us would be short, and he didn’t want the pity party that would have ensued if he had informed us of that.

Libs and leftists often like to say they are “above” money and status, yet it’s clear in what they write and how they act that they obsess over it, especially when they think someone has “too much” of either.



  1. Disappointed, but not even close to being surprised.

    Comment by Jason — July 12, 2008 @ 10:05 am

  2. Attn: NoHate —

    For calling this blog the R-word with NO basis, you get NoCommentPosted.

    Comment by TBlumer — July 12, 2008 @ 10:25 am

  3. As you indicated in your post above, he seemed like a great guy.

    Too bad.

    Comment by Ben Keeler — July 12, 2008 @ 1:15 pm

  4. I wonder how AP would react if they got lots of email shaming them for their disrespectful behavior? info@ap.org

    I think a shame on you campaign is in order…

    Comment by dscott — July 12, 2008 @ 6:43 pm

  5. cc the email to president@whitehouse.gov

    Demand that the AP be banned from Whitehouse press briefings until they publicly apologize.

    Comment by dscott — July 12, 2008 @ 6:59 pm

  6. #4 is a good idea. #5 will get turned around into accusations of bullying and intimidation, fair or not. But I’m starting to think that absent an apology (which really shouldn’t be difficult, given what they’ve done; they’re so obviously wrong), a unilateral one-week ban of AP might not be a bad idea, or a longer ban on the two specific reporters.

    Comment by TBlumer — July 12, 2008 @ 11:59 pm

  7. Tony Snow might have been a great guy, but he still stood and spread the Cheney regime’s lies to the world. Apparently he was as cynical as he was loveable. It’s a shame he died so young. Let’s hope he made his peace with his maker.

    Comment by gezer — July 13, 2008 @ 3:29 am

  8. why should the AP be excoriated for presenting the facts? I’m sure that if Bill O’Reilly lambasted some hated liberal who had died, he would have been praised by the neocons for his fair and unbiased opinions.

    Comment by gezer — July 13, 2008 @ 3:39 am

  9. #7, your comment has been allowed through so readers here can see a small example of the bilge over at Dkos, etc. How contemptible. History will show how foolish your comment is, short-term and long-term.

    #8, like all the right-wing hate that came spewing forth when Tim Russert died? Oh, I forgot; that didn’t happen. Again, how conemptible.

    Comment by TBlumer — July 13, 2008 @ 11:44 am

  10. Open Letter to Douglass…

    Hi Douglass,

    Do you feel good about this article? I bet you do! May some one also “piss on your grave” as you did with Tony Snow. A very typical AP politicized article that did not meet the same restrictions/standards as with Tim R.

    Douglass you are full of Bull S@!^.

    Who owns this AP company? The Democratic Party? No way they would never be so sleezy… at least not the dems I know. Geez the news objectivity at the AP totally sucks.

    Comment by Dennis — July 14, 2008 @ 9:25 pm

  11. Open note to commenter “Lebold”:

    You are acting as if I wrote the AP obit. I did not. Douglass Daniel with help from Jennifer Loven did. I am one of many criticizing what Daniel and Loven wrote.

    I’m therefore not posting your comment. You are welcome to reformulate and resubmit.

    Comment by TBlumer — July 14, 2008 @ 11:22 pm

  12. #7 If you knew anything about the man, would not need to “hope” about his “peace”. #8 You can throw out a scenario that suggests, but you can’t name once that it’s happened.

    Comment by gbj — July 14, 2008 @ 11:27 pm

  13. The attitude taken by so many of these leftists is disgusting. But fortunately there are some who know that there is a time to argue and a time to commemorate. One of them is Juan Williams -I note that here because though in the minority on his side of the aisle, hopefully he can stand to show others of his outlook how civilized people should approach these kinds of situations.

    Rest in peace Tony!!!

    Comment by Shawn McElhinney — July 15, 2008 @ 1:54 am

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