Stupid People Say Stupid Things

“I’m not sure anything went wrong.” – Tony Snow on Iraq.

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Tony Snow Smackdown!

My favorite part of yesterday’s press briefing:

Q “Yes, Tony, thank you. Two questions. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Congressman Maurice Hinchy of New York have just introduced companion bills called the ‘Media Ownership Reform Act,’ which are an attempt to revive the ‘fairness doctrine’ for TV and radio with no such government control proposed for newspapers, magazines or wire services. My question, does the President believe that we should revive the so-called ‘fairness doctrine’ which was repealed during the Reagan administration?”

MR. SNOW: “You know, Les, we’ll take that up if it becomes a real issue.”

Q: “Okay. President Kennedy’s Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Bill Ruder, said, ‘We had a massive strategy to use the ‘fairness doctrine’ to challenge and harass the right-wing broadcasters and hoped the challenge would be so costly to them that they would be inhibited and decide it was too expensive to continue.’ And my question, do you remember that statement reported by The Washington Times on September 5, 1993?”

MR. SNOW: “No. Although I do have some memories of the Kennedy administration, that particular utterance does not rise to thought.”

Q: “That was from an article headlined, ‘Return of the Fairness Demon,’ and the byline was, Tony Snow.”

Snow immediately turned to another reporter amidst laughter from the gallery, embarrassed and chastised!

Bush Administration Ready to Start Answering Questions?

Tony Snow during yesterday’s press conference on what the American people are thinking about President Bush’s impending announcement on “the way forward” in Iraq:

“I think what you have to do is to take a look at the whole package and how it fits together, because I think Americans are concerned — they want to know questions that are often asked: What does it mean — what is your military objective, precisely what is it? How do the Iraqis fit in? How does the international community fit in? How does it fit in with the war on terror?

So a lot of those key questions I think are worth laying out for the American people. And, furthermore, even within the speech to the nation, there are going to be a lot of details that you’re going to be interested in that we’re not going to have time — we’re going to spend a lot of time, whatever time you need briefing you on background on that, as well.”

So, after 4 years in Iraq, the Administration might actually begin answering these questions?

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