With the news that White House press secretary Tony Snow is stepping down to get a better paying gig, I’m hearing a lot of praise and kind words about him from the press corp. Sure he’s got cancer and a family and kids and appears to be much less of a prick than his predecessors, but still and all, look at what his job is. He goes before the press and the public and lies and makes excuses for the evil and incompetent men he works for.
What if we lived in a magical land where no one could be paid, bribed, cajoled or intimidated into doing this awful task. What if, when Dick Chenney said, “Fuck the facts and what’s good for the nation, go out there and say what we tell you make it look good.” But Snow replies, “No sir, I can’t do that. It would be wrong.” And nobody else would do it. They’d have to stand before the world and Og and spew their nasty lies themselves.
But no, they say, “Yes sir, I’ll do my best. And may I add, what an honor it is to do your vile bidding.”
Today Snow said it’s not the cancer that’s making him step away, it’s that he needs to make more money than the job pays. Maybe, I’d like to think, it’s that his conscience will no longer let him give the country the proverbial finger from the press room podium on behalf of undefendable men with rotted souls.