July 23, 2008

Ode to Tony Snow

Posted in In the news, Media at 9:54 am by R

I’m rather late in writing this homage to a great journalist and a stealth PR-man.

July 12th, Mr. Snow succumbed to a second bout with colon cancer. The former White House Press Secretary and Fox News Channel broadcaster left a legacy on both sides of this profession. He raised the level of integrity and professionalism for spokespeople, public relations professionals and journalists alike.

If we served in Congress, Mr. Snow and I would be on opposite sides of the aisle, but I admire him greatly for standing up for what he believed in and executing with honesty a post that proved too challenging in the morality department for others.

Perhaps Massimo Calabresi of TIME Magazine said it best:

Snow was unabashed in his defense of the Administration but respectful, even helpful, to reporters on the beat. His experience as a Fox News broadcaster and radio personality was obvious; his quick wit and verbal dexterity made him fun to spar with, while his grasp of complicated policy details made him remarkably effective. The clincher for a skeptical press corps was his disarming honesty. When he didn’t have an answer, he said the rarest words in Washington: “I don’t know.”

Tony Snow: Man of honesty, dignity, likability and now great communications legacy.



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