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Fox News commentator becomes White House spokesman—a further turn to the right
by wsws (reposted)
Thursday Apr 27th, 2006 10:13 PM
President Bush’s naming of Fox News talk show host Tony Snow as White House press secretary signals a further turn to the right by the US administration.
This selection for the top public relations post installs in the White House press briefing room a representative of the news outlet most identified with the policies of the Bush administration and the Republican right. Snow brings to the position the type of reactionary credentials for which Rupert Murdoch’s news organization has become infamous—subservience to big-business interests and unconditional support for the predatory military aims of US imperialism.

Snow’s performance is expected to be more aggressive than that of his predecessor McClellan, whose defense of Bush administration policy had taken on an ever-more robotic style. McClellan’s repeated declarations to the press corps that Karl Rove and Lewis Libby had no involvement in the Valerie Plame CIA leak case were exposed as lies with Libby’s indictment by the special prosecutor last October. More recently, he was tasked with defending the administration’s National Security Agency spying operation on the American population.


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