Tony Snow, New White House Mouthpiece
So it looks as if Fox News political analyst Tony Snow will be taking over for White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, ruining both my prediction that Karen Hughes would take over the job and my secret dream that it would go to Ann Coulter, both of which I discussed here. But while I hate to be wrong, I don't see a problem with this pick for the position. Tony Snowjob (as he will soon come to be known throughout the blogosphere, if not the world) should fit right in at the White House. Not only was he a speechwriter for Bush's dad, he also has a long, proud history of complete fabrications, even in his capacity as a broadcast journalist. Many of them have been documented here, courtesy of progressive media watchdog Media Matters. Snow subsequently tried to refute the Media Matters statement, and was spanked by the organization, here. But those documents don't even get into my favorite Snowjob...
That would have to be just a week ago, when Tony Snow was on stalwart bloviator Bill O'Reilly's O'Reilly Factor. From the transcript:
O’REILLY: Prices have doubled in the USA and continue to go up. What say you sir?
SNOW: Well, this is where you get to call me a pinhead again, Bill. You’re absolutely right, supplies are high. But a couple of different things going on.
Different types of oil that are in supply. Oil refining costs have gone up a little bit. But let’s be real about this: 60 percent of the price of a gallon of gasoline right now is crude oil prices. Crude oil over $70 a gallon right now. That gets written into the price. Why is that per gallon crude oil price so high? Because people are jittery.
You’ve got a guy in Iran saying we’re going to build a nuclear weapon. You’ve got people complaining about Donald Rumsfeld and the Pentagon. There are jitters about the stability of the Middle East. Those subside and a number of people say this, analysts in the industry, the price goes down again. [Italics added for emphasis]
Did you see that? People complaining about Donald Rumsfeld are apparently responsible for high gas prices. Yeah, Snowjob will fit right in at the White House, where lies are truth, dissent is treason, war is peace, ignorance is strength and 1984 is just another number.
Tony Snowjob, Douchebag of Liberty
(thanks to The Daily Show's Jon Stewart for the phraseology)
Assuming Snow does accept the position, I'll keep tabs on him in this space whenever I can stomach a press conference, which will probably be often -- I have a deep and abiding love of sleaze.