Monday, February 05, 2007
All right - I apologize in advance for the brevity of this diary but my GOD - Tony Snow's press briefing just literally made me wish I could jump through the television and strangle him.
There's only a short part that made me ridiculously angry, and I'll transcribe it after the flip.From White House Press Briefing, January 29, 2007 (live transcription):
HELEN THOMAS: What did the President think of the March on Washington?
SNOW: I don't really think he thought a lot about it. It's nice to see Jane Fonda in front of the camera again.
[Murmurs in the press room at this]
SNOW: Uh... There were a number of people who were here making statements - that's perfectly appropriate. This is a vigorous Democracy.
HELEN THOMAS: You said something earlier this morning, though. Would you like to repeat that?
SNOW: Well that uh... It's simply that there were predictions of a larger audience than showed up for the protest. [shrugs, raises eyebrows]
HELEN THOMAS: Have you really counted heads?
SNOW: No. Did you? Did you see 100,000?
HELEN THOMAS: I do think they had a good turnout.
SNOW: Well you know, I didn't go there, Helen. I'm not going to characterize...
HELEN THOMAS: But with a statement like that...
SNOW: Well, because it's pretty clear from the press accounts that nobody attached six figures to the number that appeared.
Where do I start?
First - what kind of bullying-by-innuendo tactic WAS IT to bring up Jane Fonda like that? I don't even have a word to describe how ridiculous and disgusting it is to write off /every single participant/ in that peace march by boiling your first comment down to what he said about Fonda. What a fucking asshole.
I'm going to make the assumption that Snow made some remarks either off-handedly or in a gaggle to the effect that the crowds were "smaller than expected". First, I'd like to know: WTF does that have to do with anything? If the crowd /was/ smaller than 100K, does that make the crowd "small"? Is 99,000 small? Is there some reason that differing predictions and reports of turnout completely obscures the total repudiation of Bush's Iraq war and policy? What a joke.
And finally, Snow must not consider The LA Times a member of the press:
WASHINGTON — About 100,000 antiwar protesters from around the country converged Saturday on the National Mall, galvanized by opposition to President Bush's plan to increase the number of troops in Iraq.
They just mentioned six figures right there.
So I'd like you guys to do something, and it won't take long. Send a leetle note to Tony "Fucking Asshole" Snow. Tell him the following:
1. Your attempt to distract from the horrendously failing wildly unpopular Iraq war by bringing up Jane Fonda was ridiculous.
2. How many people is enough people to make a protest march "significant" in your book? Is that number, in fact, /always/ higher than the number that turns out?
3. Do you consider Fox News the only real "press source" in the country? What about The Los Angeles Times?
Thank you, Tony, for giving a big middle finger to the 60%+ of Americans who think your boss and therefore you, by extraction, suck. Good luck going back to a career in broadcasting.
That email address is going to have to do because cowardly Tony doesn't seem to have a dedicated press email address.
posted by RenaRF at 10:06 PM