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Tony Snow: 'Thank God for Blogs!'
NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 01/10/2007 2:56:30 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

"Thank God for blogs," said White House Press Secretary Tony Snow this afternoon, commenting on the Bush administration's communications efforts. The comment came in the course of conference call for bloggers in which I participated, conducted by Snow and Brett McGurk [pictured here], the National Security Council's Director for Iraq, giving a preview of President Bush's speech of tonight on Iraq.

Snow described the problem with the traditional media - generously I would say - not in terms of bias but as a function of the "if it bleeds it leads" tendency.

In any case, it's clear that the White House sees blogs such as NewsBusters playing an important role in cutting through the MSM clutter. Snow also described the frustration of military people in Iraq with media coverage that does not comport with the reality they experience in the field. Snow predicted that service people would begin using their own video cameras and sites such as YouTube and LiveLeak to get the word out. Along those lines, I can say that one of the most empowering aspects of my recent trip to Iraq was the ability to put video up on NewsBusters, at times within an hour of events in the field, as with this report on a training exercise of Iraqi soldiers on the Euphrates river in Anbar province.

Among the encouraging details emerging from the conference call was the plan to have combined Iraqi and US forces remain in Baghdad neighborhoods "24/7" once they had been pacified, to ensure that security gains would be enduring.

Those interested in an advance look at what the President will be discussing tonight are encouraged to review this Q & A on the speech released this afternoon by the White House.

Finkelstein was in Iraq in November. Contact him at mark@gunhill.net
Tony Snow: 'Thank God for Blogs'


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: brettmcgurk; bush; enemedia; iraq; pajamapeoplerule; tonysnow; waronerror; zogbyism
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1 posted on 01/10/2007 2:56:34 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Thank God for Tony Snow!


2 posted on 01/10/2007 2:57:39 PM PST by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (We are going to win!))
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

Governs-conference-call-with-Tony-Snow ping to Today show list.


3 posted on 01/10/2007 2:58:21 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: bnelson44

Hey Tony do something for us for a change!!!!


4 posted on 01/10/2007 2:58:23 PM PST by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
the problem with the traditional media - generously I would say - not in terms of bias but as a function of the "if it bleeds it leads" tendency.

There's also, probably, a factor of laziness. Reading some of the MSM's reporting is like reading a "rip-and-read" version of DNC talking points. I wonder how many reporters don't actually do the work of investigating a story, but rely upon the latest propaganda dump from their allies on the left?

5 posted on 01/10/2007 3:00:03 PM PST by My2Cents ("Friends stab you from the front." -- Oscar Wilde)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; Fudd Fan

Ping for Tony Snow.


6 posted on 01/10/2007 3:01:25 PM PST by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
the "if it bleeds it leads" tendency.

Tony would be too diplomatic to point out that if it doesn't bleed enough, we'll make some up.

7 posted on 01/10/2007 3:02:10 PM PST by Bahbah (.Regev, Goldwasser & Shalit, we are praying for you.)
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To: Bahbah

I meant "they'll" make some of, of course.


8 posted on 01/10/2007 3:03:46 PM PST by Bahbah (.Regev, Goldwasser & Shalit, we are praying for you.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Tony is doing as well as he can in this job.

I am so proud of him!

9 posted on 01/10/2007 3:05:10 PM PST by beyond the sea ( World Ending - Children and The Poor Hit Hardest)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Does someone at the WH actually read blogs, or FR, to get a feel of what we are thinking?

Or do they just give you info and such?

I hope they do take our opinions and ideas to heart.
10 posted on 01/10/2007 3:06:48 PM PST by roses of sharon
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To: dinasour

Tony Snow ping.


11 posted on 01/10/2007 3:09:20 PM PST by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

"Thank God for blogs,"


12 posted on 01/10/2007 3:11:53 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: jazusamo

Bump for Tony. My tagline says it all. :-)


13 posted on 01/10/2007 3:12:31 PM PST by pinz-n-needlez (Jack Bauer wears Tony Snow pajamas)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Snow predicted that service people would begin using their own video cameras and sites such as YouTube and LiveLeak to get the word out.

Stryker cams!

14 posted on 01/10/2007 3:13:02 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: roses of sharon

Tony mentioned that he reads all of the blogs that were represented in the conference call.


15 posted on 01/10/2007 3:13:35 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Great post BUMP!


16 posted on 01/10/2007 3:14:09 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: pinz-n-needlez

Great tagline, I've noticed it before. :-)


17 posted on 01/10/2007 3:17:17 PM PST by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: Lancey Howard

Thanks, Lancey - glad you enjoyed it.


18 posted on 01/10/2007 3:19:18 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Bloggers aren't afraid to tell the truth:

LEFTISTS DON'T WANT TO WORK.

They want free health care, free food, free college education, free housing free clothing, and with all of those things, they don't have to work. The screaming college chanters can remain perpetual professional students and the perpetual "victims" in our cities (you know who you are) can sit and wallow in their self-inflicted misery. And the poor saps who DO work get to pay for these parasites. Ann Coulter nailed it when she pointed out that whenever leftists have a temper tantrum they call a "boycott work" day. It's comes natural to them.

I don't want to work either, but I do. The difference is, I save as much as I possibly can so I can retire early. I don't scream, pout, and throw temper tantrums like a spoiled child.

Society demands an incentive to work. For eight thousand years people have "worked", whether it was performing tasks in the village, hunting, farming, or producing valuable goods. The incentives were many: food, shelter, clothing, etc. Perhaps these can be alleviated for the truly destitute, but there must be something. Leftists don't have to like it -- they can decide not to care for themselves and perish if they wish -- but society must not cater to the slothful.


19 posted on 01/10/2007 3:24:52 PM PST by Windcatcher (Earth to libs: MARXISM DOESN'T SELL HERE. Try somewhere else.)
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To: everyone

The blogs are a drop in the bucket. They influence the handful of people who read them. They do not influence the vast herd of sheeple. The Big Three networks and the big newspapers are still the name of the game, and that's why the liberals still rule.


20 posted on 01/10/2007 3:26:48 PM PST by California Patriot ("That's not Charlie the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
If Baghdad cannot be cleaned up, I think Iraq should chose another city as it's capital.

Some world-class countries have moved their capitals -- the U.S., Germany, Brazil

21 posted on 01/10/2007 3:28:16 PM PST by syriacus (IF Truman cut + ran after 3,000 deaths, THEN the Korean War would have ended in 5 weeks.)
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To: syriacus

Let's not forget France - Vichy ;-)


22 posted on 01/10/2007 3:29:00 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: syriacus

it's = its


23 posted on 01/10/2007 3:29:33 PM PST by syriacus (IF Truman cut + ran after 3,000 deaths, THEN the Korean War would have ended in 5 weeks.)
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To: California Patriot
I think that the one thing that this last election showed was that the media is still as powerful as ever. Very distressing.
24 posted on 01/10/2007 3:31:29 PM PST by CremeSaver
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Let's not forget France - Vichy ;-)

I'd completely forgotten.

25 posted on 01/10/2007 3:33:22 PM PST by syriacus (IF Truman cut + ran after 3,000 deaths, THEN the Korean War would have ended in 5 weeks.)
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To: My2Cents
I wonder how many reporters don't actually do the work of investigating a story, but rely upon the latest propaganda dump from their allies on the left?

Almost all of them.

Their editors are no better. Perhaps worse.

On a national level, nobody in the journalism business is promoting things like legwork, research, investigation...or even the need for accuracy.

Instead, it's all about making the story fit into their template and serve their agenda.

26 posted on 01/10/2007 3:38:18 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

A lot of people have left Michigan but it hurt us a lot to lose Tony. He is making us proud though.
Thanks Tony!!
WMM


27 posted on 01/10/2007 3:39:18 PM PST by westmichman (The will of God always trumps the will of the people.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I've got nothing but respect and deep appreciation for Tony Snow. We really needed him and he is serving all good Americans very well. Thank you, Mr. Snow!

BTTT!


28 posted on 01/10/2007 3:39:44 PM PST by Chena
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To: samadams2000
Hey Tony do something for us for a change!!!!

Tony is doing something for us all, every day of the week. The MSM must really hate him because he doesn't let them get away with their attempts at spinning truths, loaded questions, and downright lies. He is a gifted communicator and smart as a whip.

29 posted on 01/10/2007 3:45:37 PM PST by Chena
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

And thank you, Mark Finkelstein and NewsBusters.


30 posted on 01/10/2007 3:47:53 PM PST by Alia
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To: California Patriot
The blogs are a drop in the bucket. They influence the handful of people who read them. They do not influence the vast herd of sheeple. The Big Three networks and the big newspapers are still the name of the game, and that's why the liberals still rule.

That is the exactly right. I can see that in my own family and it is so frustrating. Whatever they see and hear on the MSM is what they all repeat word for word all the time.

31 posted on 01/10/2007 3:51:02 PM PST by Gosh I love this neighborhood
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To: okie01

Well-said. They'd never get away with it if most Americans weren't so gullible.


32 posted on 01/10/2007 3:51:53 PM PST by My2Cents ("Friends stab you from the front." -- Oscar Wilde)
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To: bnelson44

I would much rather hear it directly from our forces - they could report accurately, directly and regularly. The story would be told, and automatically cross-verified; readers could discern for themselves how things are going. Our guys should get massive raises, too, for doing the extra reporting job above and beyond the most excellent jobs they already do. Then all the talking heads could spiff up their resume's and see who else would hire their b.s.

The current MSM has no shame. It's astonishing.


33 posted on 01/10/2007 3:52:35 PM PST by MonicaG (2007 so far, so good!)
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To: jazusamo

Thanks I've thought about changing it, to keep it fresh, but I'm really counting on faith in Tony to get me through the next 2 years. ;-)


34 posted on 01/10/2007 3:56:27 PM PST by pinz-n-needlez (Jack Bauer wears Tony Snow pajamas)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Thanks Mark!


35 posted on 01/10/2007 3:56:30 PM PST by Txsleuth (FREEPATHON TIME-Please become a monthly donor, or Dollar a Day donor.)
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To: samadams2000
Tony works for the President. Just what,exactly would you have him do for you? just asking
36 posted on 01/10/2007 3:57:00 PM PST by fish hawk (. B O stinks. That would be body odor and Barak Obama)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
A little blast from the past on the subject of news watching....

Dems and the "she" vote

...University of Pennsylvania researcher Kathleen Hall Jamieson said, "The perplexing finding that women do not perform as well as men on political knowledge still persists in the year 2000." Jamieson found women more ignorant than men, irrespective of age, race, income, education, marital status, or party identification! Why? Women, more so than men, get their news from local television. "Local news-watching makes you dumber," said Jamieson.

I'll take blogs any day.

37 posted on 01/10/2007 4:02:40 PM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Alia

It's our pleasure - thanks for your comment.


38 posted on 01/10/2007 4:11:05 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Among the encouraging details emerging from the conference call was the plan to have combined Iraqi and US forces remain in Baghdad neighborhoods "24/7" once they had been pacified, to ensure that security gains would be enduring.

IMO, if they're going to be doing police work, why not practice in cities like Baltimore, Detroit and Washington DC?

39 posted on 01/10/2007 4:11:56 PM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: Txsleuth

Thank you, Tex!


40 posted on 01/10/2007 4:12:06 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Bush ... 2 great votes
Snow .... a great choice


41 posted on 01/10/2007 4:13:43 PM PST by IrishMike (Democrats .... Stuck on Stupid, RINO's ...the most vicious judas goats)
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To: California Patriot
The blogs are a drop in the bucket. They influence the handful of people who read them. They do not influence the vast herd of sheeple. The Big Three networks and the big newspapers are still the name of the game, and that's why the liberals still rule.

I disagree. Blogs contribute much more than a 'surge'. More like a rising tide..

42 posted on 01/10/2007 4:19:41 PM PST by Alia
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To: roses of sharon
Does someone at the WH actually read blogs, or FR, to get a feel of what we are thinking?

As a matter of a fact they do. Tony Snow was a FReeper before he took his WH gig.

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43 posted on 01/10/2007 4:20:09 PM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear... on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Life has sure become better since Tony moved to the WH. If we would have had someone of his calibre in there for the last couple of years we might be looking at a whole different situation now.


44 posted on 01/10/2007 4:23:30 PM PST by McGavin999 (Don't be a Freeploader, contribute to the upkeep of FreeRepublic)
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To: fish hawk
Tony works for the President. Just what,exactly would you have him do for you? just asking

Since you ask, how about bitchslapping Helen Thomas and Dick Gregory, just before pulling their WH credentials for good?

45 posted on 01/10/2007 4:24:30 PM PST by LexBaird (98% satisfaction guaranteed. There's just no pleasing some people.)
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To: roses of sharon

If I were a Republican President of the USA, I'd read FreeRepublic every day. FreeRepublic is highly informative and its posters are very intelligent and savvy. And best of all, they are very patriotic and pro-America.


46 posted on 01/10/2007 4:31:59 PM PST by maxwellp
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To: Alia

They're an enjoyable toy, but not much more than that.


47 posted on 01/10/2007 4:59:02 PM PST by California Patriot ("That's not Charlie the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: California Patriot
Well, golly. There's a ton of personal blogs; and then there's ones that are actually contesting the so-called facts of the MSM. Let's see, I do believe, FreeRepublic which is not a blog but a forum did have something to do with exposing the fraudulent left and Dan Walters.

Michelle Malkin and Eason Jordan? Powerline, NewsBusters, Sweetness & Light, JVeritas, oh shucks, the list is huge..

It's just so amazing that the MSM would refer to these bloggers in the news articles. In recent newspapers a Duke Academic has even referred to bloggers digging up facts concerning the Duke La Crosse players as..."BLOG HOOLIGANS"! Can you imagine that?

Have fun with your toys!

48 posted on 01/10/2007 5:11:14 PM PST by Alia
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To: California Patriot
They're an enjoyable toy, but not much more than that.

www.littlegreenfootballs.com

:)

49 posted on 01/10/2007 5:17:00 PM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Alia

There are feature stories about all kinds of unimportant things. No surprise that there should be some about blogs.

Blogs are important in one VERY limited respect: They are the main way in which some of the most politically sophisticated (or politically obsessed -- there's a difference) conservatives keep in touch with each other and share ideas. Also are probably the main news source now for some of these people -- myself included. But that hasn't made conservatives any more effective than they were. It's just hastened the speed with which they can react -- among themselves -- to the latest liberal outrage. There is no evidence that they have converted any liberals or moderates, or that they have had a real impact (except in a couple of isolated cases) on either the MSM or Republican politicians. Also, it's far from a uniquely conservative tool. The leftists have plenty of blogs too. In fact, these blogs are generally regarded as having much more impact than ours on the political process, because they're more oriented toward activism.


50 posted on 01/10/2007 5:33:13 PM PST by California Patriot ("That's not Charlie the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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