Just YouTube Tony Snow and you’ll see what this guy has to go through on a daily basis. This guy’s job is to lie. That’s what he does for a living. He was hired because he is a great liar. His primary job is to be the administrations mouthpiece and cover up the many, many faults of the administration. Recently I saw Thank You for Smoking in which a lobbyist is trying to convince people that smoking isn’t that bad after all by muddying arguments against it and discrediting credible sources. In much the same manner, Tony Snow has to wake up and convert blatant lies into debatable items, cover up for other people, water-down legitimate grievances, discredit facts and keep a straight face while doing so.
When he tried to cover-up the fact that Dick Cheney referred to water-boarding in an interview, it was sad enough. A few weeks later when the Iraq Study Group Report came out, he accused a reporter for being partisan when he simply quoted the report. Having worked at Fox News prior to being appointed White House Press Secretary, he’s had the proper training in bending facts and creating an even wash where there’s a clear cut case. When the Iraq report came out, Tony Snow simply couldn’t handle the barrage of questions at the podium and finally asked reporters to give him some time to “parse the report” which really meant that he needed more time to find a way to illuminate the report so it would be more favorable to the administration.
If you asked Tony Snow something like, “Has the administration done anything wrong, ever?”, he’d have a hard time responding with a yes. If you’ve seen a White House press conference held by Tony Snow, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Being the White House Press Secretary has now become the sleaziest job in the world and Snow is doing a fine job.
Snow also reduced the Lamont/Loserman election to simply: Do you take the war on terror seriously or not? When he was asked about the US Presidential veto on stem cell research, his answer didn’t go beyond: The President thinks murder is wrong. I’m surprised the press actually attends the White House press briefings because they never get anything out of them. Every question is conveniently dodged and every inconvenient fact is brushed aside as if it didn’t matter or was constructed out of thin air. There is absolutely zero sense of honesty on the part of the person speaking on the podium and the entire briefing is more of a formality than a fact-finding mission which it is supposed to be.
I’m not sure what kind of person you need to be in order to wake up in the morning and know that today will consist entirely of you twisting the English language and splitting hairs until your bosses look good.
Here’s the “parse the report” press conference for your amusement: