Saturday, July 12, 2008


Tony Snow, R.I.P.

My condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of former White House press secretary and journalist Tony Snow who passed away this morning at the age of 53. I first met Tony nearly 20 years ago in Washington. He was editorial page editor of the Washington Times. He also appeared on a prototypical version of what many years later would become "Fox News Sunday". It was called "Off The Record." It had a younger, bouncier feel to it than the other news shows at the time.

While still at the Republican National Committee, I encountered Tony after he had become head speechwriter in the first Bush White House. Though he only briefly knew me, he was nice enought to pass along my name to a newspaper editorial page editor who was looking for an editorial writer. That particular offer didn't work out, but Tony's generosity toward a young professional starting out in DC was really impressive.

Snow was a conservative on-air journalist to emulate because he knew his stuff, stuck to his beliefs -- but didn't feel the need to belittle those with whome he disagreed. He was an essentially decent person.

Again, my thoughts and prayers to his his wife, Jill, and their three children.


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