In my humble opinion, Tony Snow had as much — if not more — impact on the American political landscape as Tim Russert.Â Both were kind, big-hearted family men with a unbridledÂ passion for the country they lived in and tried to make a better place from their positions of influence.Â
One was a life-longÂ liberal (Russert)Â and received the lion’s share of fawning media coverage from the entire MSM establishmentÂ upon his death; the other a reformed liberal-turned-conservative (Snow)Â and the newspapers,Â cable networks and rest of the MSM nearly overlooked his passing this weekend.
But Tony Snow achieved something few others in American politics ever will — he was bothÂ in and out of journalism and was at the highest position of government public affairs:Â White House Press Secretary.Â Had cancer not taken him away from that job, I believe Snow would have re-set the standard for WH Press Secretary in the model of Jim Brady & Larry Speakes — and away from the Mike McCurry and Scott McClellan model.Â I will leave you to compare the differences.
I once had dinner with Tony Snow.Â Â He never knew it of course, as my table was next to his at a local hangout in Alexandria, VA called Bilbo Baggins.Â But I remember feeling like I was in the company of a just a normal (and very tall!) guyÂ and his wife and friends even though I knew he was one of the “biggies” in American journalism at the time.
The differences between Tim Russert and Tony Snow are many, including how the MSM handled each death much differently.Â In my mind, a key difference is that we all probably completely understand what we lost in Russert’sÂ premature death; but few people outside of the FOX family and those in the White House staff willÂ fully appreciate what future voidÂ Tony Snow’sÂ death is to our nation and its public discourse.
Tony Snow, RIP.
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