Pharyngula

I just find this whole idea bizarre.

President Bush has picked Fox News radio host Tony Snow as his new White House Press Secretary and is expected to announce the choice on Wednesday, a Republican official said.

Can we all agree that Fox ‘News’ is the propaganda arm of the Republican Party now?

Comments

  1. #1 DianeW
    April 26, 2006

    Saw this one coming like a slow motion train wreck….
    Seig hiel Focks Gnus!!!

    A “snow job” will never be more poignant.

  2. #2 Ken S
    April 26, 2006

    Ever hear of Bill Moyers? Pierre Salinger?

    Were ABC and PBS propaganda outlets for the Democrats because they hired spokesmen for Lyndon Johnson?

  3. #3 adoreilly
    April 26, 2006

    Actually, I was just reading at another site that Snow has often been critical of the Bush administration and the Republican-controlled Congress in a number of opinion pieces at (shudder) TownHall. I clicked through on the first one and found Snow berating the administration for its apparent belief that pockets have no bottoms to them.

    While he’s from Fox News, this would seem to go against the woeful cry that Bush is surrounded only by a cabal of neocon “Yes” men. Of course, picking someone from Fox News who is also critical of the administration seems a very smart choice… the right-wing will generally be happy with the choice, and the left-wing will see part of their argument disarmed.

  4. #4 Blake Stacey
    April 26, 2006

    I’m not sure why, but when I read this post, I laughed like Mozart in Amadeus.

  5. #5 NatureSelectedMe
    April 26, 2006

    I don’t know why you’re getting so upset about a press secretary, MikeM. Seems to me the position of White House press secretary is someone who talks to the press for the White House. Why on earth should that be someone critical of the White House? If PZ had a press secretary, would he pick someone from the Discovery Institute?

  6. #6 Jeff Fecke
    April 26, 2006

    Tony Snow will have to dissemble, try to portray spin as the truth, generally obfuscate, and do everything he can to distract from the fact that George W. Bush is incredibly unpopular.

    In other words, his work hasn’t changed.

  7. #7 MikeM
    April 26, 2006

    NSM,

    It bothers me because it proves, again, that this president in completely incapable of reversing his errors, because in his mind, he really has made no errors. That’s what makes him “The Decider.”

    People quit that job because they get tired of spinning and lying; now we have a “newsman” in the job who will absolutely relish that task.

    Mostly, it proves that he won’t let Rummy go, and he won’t let Rice go… Because they’re just doing what “The Decider” has said to do. It’s PNAC packing, again.

    I suppose I should be happy because this opens the door just a hair more for the opposition in November, and… Scratch that; there is no opposition. My mistake.

  8. #8 Jason
    April 26, 2006

    Tony Snow going from Fox News to Bush White House = Fox News being “the propaganda arm of the Republican Party.”

    George Stephanopoulos going from the Clinton White House to ABC News = …what? ABC News being “the propaganda arm of the Democratic Party?” No. I seriously doubt you’d ever make that claim, hypocrite.

  9. #9 MikeM
    April 27, 2006

    NSM,

    Bush would hate me. No question about it.

    So here goes: I’m pretty much with him on the idea of a guest worker program.

    There. I’ve said it. Happy now? He’s completely anti-science, which is what got me interested in PZ’s blog.

    Bush has also lead us into what I strongly believe could do for America what Afghanistan did for the former Soviet Union. So, do I resent Bush? You bet I do.

    Remember, when you go to PNAC’s website, the Bushes helped found that organization. That all fits in nicely, doesn’t it?