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Conservative Commentator Tony Snow Joins CNN

During the 1990s, Snow was a regular guest host for Rush Limbaugh’s radio program.

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(ATLANTA) - Former White House press secretary Tony Snow will join CNN as a conservative commentator beginning today, it was announced by Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S.

A well-known and respected observer of politics with a longstanding news background, Snow will contribute to CNN as the network continues to broadcast winning political coverage.

Snow most recently served as press secretary to President George W. Bush from April 2006 to September 2007. For 10 years beginning in 1996, he appeared on Fox News Channel, hosting Fox News Sunday, Weekend Live with Tony Snow and other programs. From 2003 to 2006, The Tony Snow Show aired on Fox News Radio. Before joining Fox, Snow served as a substitute “From the Right” co-host for CNN’s Crossfire.

“In the White House, Tony brought a remarkably human touch to the discussion of public policy, which he will continue to do as part of the Best Political Team on Television,” Klein said. “He will contribute a unique breadth of political and journalistic expertise to what is already the most provocative and wide-ranging political analysis on the air.”

“I’m delighted to be able to join CNN during the most exciting and unpredictable political year in memory,” Snow said. “The big challenge in 2008 is to develop deep, creative and aggressive analysis of both political parties, their candidates and campaigns. I’m eager to get started, since this race is sure to shape American politics for years to come.”

During the 1990s, Snow was a regular guest host for Rush Limbaugh’s radio program. He was the writer, correspondent and host of a PBS news special, The New Militant Center, a regular commentator for National Public Radio and a frequent guest on numerous televised news programs. Snow joined the administration of President George H. W. Bush in 1991 and served first as chief speechwriter and then as media affairs adviser.

In addition to his experience in government, television and radio, Snow spent more than two decades as an award-winning newspaper writer beginning with the Greensboro Record in 1979. He went on to be a columnist for USA Today and Creators Syndicate and an editorial page editor for The Washington Times.

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Charlie April 23, 2008 6:16 pm (Pacific time)

The internet and the cable channels just may save our democracy. The print media as well as the network television stations leave a lot to be desired, though Charlie Gibson [ABC] finally showed he has the ability to ask pertinent questions with reasonable follow-ups. That's what all the networks and print press need to do. This election is about character, as well as experience! And so far the candidates have shown very little, in my opinion. The office of president is not for on-the-job-training or to experiment with, which was the hallmark of the Clinton and Bush administrations.

Henry Ruark April 23, 2008 2:13 pm (Pacific time)

Charlie et al: From that illusion arose, undoubtedly, that news-room statement now translated: " 'Free press' applies only when owns one-or-more, larger better than smaller..."

Henry Clay Ruark April 23, 2008 2:10 pm (Pacific time)

Charlie et al: "Envision" with-e, sorry. Point stands strongly via this quote from Madison: "There are particular moments in public affairs when the people, stimulated by some irregular passion, or some illicit advantage, or misled by artful misrepresentations of interested men, may call for measures which they themselves will afterwards be most ready to lament and condemn. In these critical moments, how salutary will be the interference of some temperate and respectable body of citizens, in order to check the misguided career and to suspend the blow meditated by the people against themselves, until reason, justice and truth can regain their authority over the public mind." --- James Madison, in Federalist No. 63. "Objectivity" is standard towards which one must strive, despite inescapable personal characteristics imposed by life and its surrounds. "Balance", too, demands much more than "On one hand...on other hand" which is easy trap for indecisive statement when actual facts present reality, if one has both acumen and courage with which to identify and appreciate it when found.

Charlie April 23, 2008 1:39 pm (Pacific time)

Actually Jack both the far left and the far right are equally harmful. But as long as they are out front, then let them speak, then tear them up when they error. Alas, apathy is so prevalent that they neither will be properly challenged. "Free Press" is an illusion, in my opinion.

Henry Clay Ruark April 23, 2008 11:59 am (Pacific time)

Jack, Charlie et al: Thanks for riposte, Jack. Re "objective" writer, that whole concept now at risk in current news-climate, due heavily to Murdoch et al and pursuit of dollars rather than facts, in once-respected and respectable "free press" as invisaged by Founders underlying their "democracy", which they built on balance-of-powers precisely for these propaganda-tied good reasons. Space precludes full documenting, open via ID to Editor for shared-files; see previous Op Eds in Staff-note.

Jack Barlow April 23, 2008 11:26 am (Pacific time)

Excuse me... "very far left, where facts are often not considered very important." Well here is a guy who has it totally backward. I think he meant to say "neocon" instead of "liberal" and it was probably just a simple mistake.

Charlie April 23, 2008 11:13 am (Pacific time)

I guess if one is inclined to believe David Brock is an objective writer using objective sources you may believe his conclusions. His following is from the very far left, where facts are often not considered very important, only the propaganda driven agenda is. Though I imagine anyone working as a Whitehouse mouthpiece is going to develop some strained relationships. Tony Snow's actions will be fully seen and I'm sure critical review will come to everything he says. Unless one wants to censor all viewpoints that conflict, then no harm no foul. CNN is hiring him for only one reason, to increase their market share, not because they want to hear what Snow is going to say, they already know that!

Henry Clay Ruark April 23, 2008 9:17 am (Pacific time)

To all: Snow is former Editorial writer for Washington TIMES, notorious for distortion of news stories in interests of Far Right owner Sun Myung Moon and Far East church cult. He continued biased approach while at White House, as noted by many working press during his tenure. Here's professional opinion from Bible-publications of the journalistic world and other authoritative reviewers, from simple Google-search, which you can repeat-to-check: "According to the Columbia Journalism Review, "Because of its history of a seemingly ideological approach to the news, the paper has always faced questions about its credibility."[22] "[23][24] and The Daily Howler[25][26][27][28] have published analyses of what they believe are serious factual errors and examples of bias in the paper's news coverage." "Conservative-turned-liberal writer David Brock, who worked for the Times' sister publication Insight, said in his book Blinded by the Right that the news writers at the Times were encouraged and rewarded for giving news stories a conservative slant. "In Right-Wing Media and How It Corrupts Democracy Brock wrote "the Washington Times was governed by a calculatedly unfair political bias and that its journalistic ethics were close to nil."[29] "Balance" and "competing viewpoints" are demanded, but when one knows from whence they come and that they are distorted/perverted for Far Right interests, that ain't either "balance" or "competing viewpoints" but politically corrupt propaganda...further "noise" from neocon machine controlled by and lavishly paid for by malign interests to destroy true democratic role of a free press.

Charlie April 22, 2008 7:41 am (Pacific time)

It just makes CNN more balanced and they are simply doing this staff addition to better compete with FOX (who are cleaning the rating's clock of all other cable networks), and why not?! The American public should always be able to have competing viewpoints. Currently, Lou Dobbs is the only one on CNN approaching someone on this network providing alternative views (immigration problems, for example), and he is no conservative. Tony Snow may ruffle some feathers out there, but why not hear what he has to say, and make him provide proof if needed.

Anonymous April 21, 2008 5:26 pm (Pacific time)

he was a puppet in the white house and now he is a puppet for the communist news network. he is total low life and i can't believe that he calls himself a conservative. how sick is that?

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