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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; mcgurk; pajamapeoplerule; tonysnow; waronerror; zogbyism
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To: RasterMaster

LOL. Yup.


81 posted on 01/11/2007 11:16:44 AM PST by Bahbah (.Regev, Goldwasser & Shalit, we are praying for you.)
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To: Allegra

ping and pass it on!


82 posted on 01/11/2007 11:22:51 AM PST by sarasota
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To: dinasour

You're the best.

Thanks for the ping. I am setting the DVR as we speak.

Thanks,
Chuck


83 posted on 01/11/2007 11:52:59 AM PST by Chuck54 (not yet..............)
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To: Proverbs 3-5

Blogs are ineffective partly because most conservatives have little nerve. If conservatives used the knowledge they got from blogs to DO and SAY more in the public arena, I'd say blogs were very important. But they don't and they aren't.


84 posted on 01/11/2007 12:16:38 PM PST by California Patriot ("That's not Charlie the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: dinasour; Tony Snow

Thanks for the ping, Dina!

I was hoping for a briefing, too, since I am off today, but will settle for him being on John Gibson's show this afternoon.

He of all people in the administration understands how blogs have changed the whole landscape of news....no matter what SOME PEOPLE might say.

Go, Tony!!!!


85 posted on 01/11/2007 12:40:02 PM PST by LUV W (We didn't lose almost 3000 people that day.We lost one wonderful person at a time, almost 3000 times)
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To: nutmeg

Thanks for the ping!


86 posted on 01/11/2007 12:47:45 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Chena

Call me crazy, but I would vote for Tony for president over anyone else I have heard mentioned for 08. He is one who can turn the tables on the MSM and smile while doing it.


87 posted on 01/11/2007 12:50:28 PM PST by SWEETSUNNYSOUTH
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To: maica

Point well taken. I agree about "newspeak" weapon, and agree about the need to be diligent in resisting their power. Thanks Maica.


88 posted on 01/11/2007 1:03:15 PM PST by MonicaG (2007 so far, so good!)
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To: California Patriot
I find them quite useful in getting info for discussions with my liberal brother and acquaintances. I also find them useful for backup info when I write letters to the editor and my congressmen.

I guess we'll have to agree to disagree.
89 posted on 01/11/2007 1:04:39 PM PST by Proverbs 3-5
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To: dinasour

Thanks for the ping, dinasour. Where would we be without our Snowman?


90 posted on 01/11/2007 1:20:45 PM PST by GoldwaterChick (Never give in, never give in, never, never, never give in. Winston Churchill Oct. 29, 1941)
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To: SWEETSUNNYSOUTH; All

Tony for President in '08

91 posted on 01/11/2007 1:22:53 PM PST by LUV W (We didn't lose almost 3000 people that day.We lost one wonderful person at a time, almost 3000 times)
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To: Proverbs 3-5

I agree that blogs can make our letters to the editor, our conversations with liberals, etc., better informed. But I don't see that more conservatives are speaking up or speaking out than formerly. That's what matters most. And presumably the liberal blogs are matching us by providing the liberals with more info, too.


92 posted on 01/11/2007 1:25:29 PM PST by California Patriot ("That's not Charlie the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: dinasour

Thank God for Tony Snow. I wish he had been working for President Bush 6 years ago. (thanks for the ping, d)


93 posted on 01/11/2007 2:01:48 PM PST by Texagirl4W (Jesus came to forgive sin, not to accept sin.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; Jim Robinson

Thank God for FR!


94 posted on 01/11/2007 7:41:58 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: roses of sharon

Tony Snow or someone with that name used to be on the forum.


95 posted on 01/11/2007 7:44:06 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: California Patriot
Tell that to President Senator Kerry or mr. Gore.
96 posted on 01/11/2007 7:46:40 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: SWEETSUNNYSOUTH
Call me crazy, but I would vote for Tony for president over anyone else I have heard mentioned for 08. He is one who can turn the tables on the MSM and smile while doing it.

I've been gone for a few days so I just now saw your post to me. If you're crazy, I'm crazy...and THAT is simply NOT acceptable. LOL I have often thought about what a great president he would be. He's as pure as the driven snow as far as I know (pardon the "snow" pun). He's educated and intelligent (there IS a difference between the two), and he's a well-spoken, sincere man who knows what's right in our world and what's wrong with it. If he were to run for office, I'd vote for him too.

97 posted on 01/13/2007 10:40:44 PM PST by Chena
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