Damn, damn, damn. Over the weekend I drafted a post about what I expect from Pony Blow as the new Press Secretary to the President. I was going to say I expect Blow, as a former Fox News infotainer, to be more aggressive with the media than Little Scottie was. I also planned to say that Blow would attempt to be glib, soomething Scottie never was, given his infotainment experience. But primarily, I expect Blow to attack — that was my thesis.
Unfortuantely I forgot to publish that post, and now events have overtaken me to the point where I can only say “I woulda’ told ya’ so”.
New White House Press Secretary Tony Snow is starting off in a combative mode against the press by issuing detailed rebuttals to what he considers unfair coverage of Bush.
“The New York Times continues to ignore America’s economic progress,” blared the headline of an e-mail sent to reporters Wednesday by the White House press office.
Minutes earlier, another e-mail blasted CBS News, which has had an unusually rocky relationship with the White House since 2004, when CBS aired what turned out to be forged documents in a failed effort to question the president’s military service.
White House sources said Snow, who started on the job Monday and has yet to give his first public press briefing, is determined to aggressively counter what the administration considers unfair assertions in both news and editorials about Bush. At the same time, he is eager to make the notoriously secretive administration more accessible to the press.
That’s right, Blow was supposed to start his new job on Monday but he’s too much of a big fat chicken to step in front of a camera. In typical Yellow Elephant fashion, he preferes to do his fighting via fax machine and email.
UPDATE: CBS News’ Jim Axelrod responds to Pony Blow:
“Very simply, the White House is cutting and pasting to make a point, something they accuse their critics of doing constantly.”
He notes that one “point made by the White House is that we report ‘enrolling can be a confusing process.’ Is that really such a controversial statement when 75% of seniors polled say the new Medicare drug plan is difficult to understand?
“ I am always open to criticism and believe we should be as transparent as possible in how we put together our reports, especially on such important issues as Medicare, but if the White House has a point to make, perhaps they should furnish the full and proper context for everything that is broadcast….
“Again, the White House is clearly manipulating what I broadcast to fit their agenda. And they are wrong to do that.”
Pony will be a bust, relations between the White House and the press will deteriorate with this hack as Press Secretary.