Snow says 'people ought to learn' from Fox News
Ron Brynaert
Published: Tuesday October 30, 2007

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According to former White House spokesman Tony Snow, critics of Fox News would be better off "learning" from the controversial 24-hour news network than sniping at it.

The former Fox pundit's comments came during a conversation with People Magazine's managing editor Larry Hacket at the American Magazine Conference in Boca Raton, Florida on Sunday, as related by Conde Nast blogger Jeff Bercovici.

"There's perceived bias on the part of Fox because they don't treat conservatives as knuckle-dragging morons....I think the rap on Fox having a bias is an unfair one," Snow reportedly said. "My sense is rather than grousing with a winning formula, people ought to learn from them."

Think Progress takes Snow to task for claiming that his former boss, President George W. Bush, is "not the type to dis the press," by reprinting an old picture of Bush holding a copy of "Bernard Goldberg’s anti-media screed Bias, which Bill Press said at the time was "a message to the media."

According to Media Bistro, Snow "remained remarkably on-message" during the interview.

The site reports, "A magazine vet who currently heads up corporate communications at a major media conglomerate marveled to us after the interview, 'I was fascinated by all the questions to which [Snow] said, 'I don't know.' In communications, you're supposed to have the answer for everything.' To us, Snow's question marks made him seem uninformed like a fox."

Further excerpts from Bercovici's column:

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On the effects of the 24-hour-news cycle on journalism: "There are structural problems right now that make it very difficult to cover the White House the way it should be covered....People are trying to keep up with the electronic media. So what happens is you end up thinking, what can I do quickly and what can I do that people are going to watch? ....If you're doing it in real time, you can get real stupid."

On David Sanger of The New York Times: "I call him 'Secretary of State Sanger' because he's got a certain confidence in his views."

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Full article at Portfolio.com's Mixed Media.

Further excerpts from Media Bistro column:

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On the media's political leanings: "The Washington press corps is the most reliable Democratic voting bloc."

Hackett: "Is the Democratic race over?" Snow [immediately]: "Yes." Hackett: "Why?" Snow: "Because it is."

Audience Q: How much did you interact w/ vice president Dick Cheney?

Snow: [In meetings, Cheney] "doesn't speak up unless it's vital to do so."

On how Snow thinks his replacement Dana Perino handled communicating to the press exactly when former Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez gave notice: "I have not spent a lot of time watching press briefings since I left."

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FULL MEDIA BISTRO COLUMN AT THIS LINK


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