Finally, playing the role of killjoy (or voice of reason, take your pick), Sploid is here to remind left-leaning optimists that while “Snow has been rather critical of Bush and his policies of late, making many hopeful that his candor will continue to trickle through his White House press briefings … the man’s being hired by the president to tell the press what the president wants them to hear. The idea/hope that he’ll stray is absurd.” The silver lining, says Sploid, is that “it may just be refreshing for folks to be lied to in complete and clear sentences.”
02:23 PM - April 26, 2006
Snow Faces First Test as Press Secretary: Bloggers
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