The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

12 July 2008

Tony Snow's Passing Sparks Avalanche Of Tributes, Memories


Snow Had Significant Impact In Media, Politics

*** Rush Attacks 'Classless' AP Reporting ***

With a combination of wit, charm and soft- spoken modesty, Tony Snow long ago won over Washington's media and politics establishment. That's why his passing from colon cancer at the age of 53 earlier today has so many mourning his loss.

Fellow talk hosts and bloggers have provided immediate reactions. This morning, syndicated radio talk host Mark Levin told your Radio Equalizer, "anybody who met Tony loved the guy. He was thoroughly decent, kind, honorable and full of life.

"Whenever I would run into him, he was always smiling and upbeat. He so loved his family and country. This is a great loss of an outstanding human being. I wish his family peace and my heart goes out to them."

Between hosting talk radio programs (most notably as Rush Limbaugh's fill-in host), cable news shows, writing columns and his stint as White House Press Secretary, it's difficult to quantify his clearly substantial overall impact on the political scene.

In addition, FOX News Channel Chairman Roger Ailes has told FOX & Friends this:

We had word it wasn't going well. I saw Tony — he came by to see me six months ago. We sat and talked for an hour or an hour and a half. I said, 'how are you doing?' He said 'well, they tell me this thing is back a little bit.' I said, 'what are your plans?' He said 'I need to get money together to make sure the family is okay in case this doesn't turn around.' He was always thinking of them and always figuring out how to prepare just in case. I sent a note to Jill and told her that we heard he was having a rough time, she said he was pretty sick but she would be sure to read it to him. Then she e-mailed me back to say that he thanked everybody at Fox News.

Thanks to his
relaxed style, Snow had a way of expressing blunt views without coming across as a loose cannon. He famously criticized President Bush, only to in turn be hired to work in his administration. From CNN:

Snow was known for his candor.

In a November 11, 2005, column, Snow wrote that Bush's "wavering conservatism has become an active concern among Republicans, who wish he would stop cowering under the bed and start fighting back against the likes of Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Joe Wilson."

"The newly passive George Bush has become something of an embarrassment," Snow's column said.

"I asked him about those comments," joked the president at the time of Snow's appointment. "And he said, 'You should have heard what I said about the other guy.'"

More recently, Snow had joined CNN, but illness prevented him from spending much time there.

In April, he appeared at the Media Research Center's annual Dishonors Awards, where your Radio Equalizer had a chance to meet and talk with him for the first time. Actually, he seemed surprisingly healthy that day, with a strong handshake and upbeat personality.

But just days later, it emerged that his health had taken a turn for the worse, leading to today's passing.

If there's one way we'll best remember Tony Snow, it will be from his tenure in the White House. In confronting the Drive-By Media, he was fearless, which drove the left batty. He never caved under pressure, a rarity in the Beltway's conformist political culture, where everyone seems out to please the liberal establishment.

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  • "He never caved under pressure, a rarity in the Beltway's conformist political culture, where everyone seems out to please the liberal establishment."

    And how well did THAT work out for him, in the final analysis?

    Think about it.

    By Anonymous hashfanatic, at 12 July, 2008 11:34  

  • He was a man of great character, faith and genuine good will to all. His optimism and love for life, his family and country should be an example to us all.

    I pity and pray for you, hash.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12 July, 2008 11:49  

  • Final Analysis?, he passed away with honor, something YOU and your fellow scumbags will never achieve

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12 July, 2008 13:40  

  • Final Analysis?

    He died with honor and dignity, something you and your fellow scumbags will never achieve much less understand.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12 July, 2008 13:42  

  • "He was a man of great character, faith and genuine good will to all. His optimism and love for life, his family and country should be an example to us all."

    That may well be true. I did not know him personally, so I'll have to take your word for it.

    But there's a HUGE difference between what you posted about him, and Brian's statement.

    It's also important to remember that the personality attributes that you ascribe to Mr. Snow aren't generally associated with putting a man in his own grave.

    You don't have to be an oncologist or the loved one of a cancer survivor to realize that Brian's supposition could have been tantamount to a premature death sentence.

    I repeat: THINK ABOUT IT.

    By Anonymous hashfanatic, at 13 July, 2008 00:59  

  • "he passed away with honor, something YOU and your fellow scumbags will never achieve..."

    Sure, but you could always meet your maker in a fiery interstate pileup...

    Until then, respect this memorial thread and take your filth elsewhere.

    By Anonymous hashfanatic, at 13 July, 2008 01:02  

  • He was wonderful man -- husband, father, patriot, professional, full of wisdom and humor.

    By Blogger The Benson Report, at 13 July, 2008 10:14  

  • Tony Snow will be missed, except by the classless left like Che Hashhole.

    By Blogger PCD, at 13 July, 2008 18:56  

  • What the AP did in their WWE low-blow hit piece makes me say this about them...

    AP--last two letters in the word CRAP!

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 13 July, 2008 18:59  

  • PCD, have you repaid the money you have stolen from America yet?

    Folks, let's not turn this into another Russert....

    By Anonymous hashfanatic, at 14 July, 2008 00:27  

  • Yes Tony Snow Will Be missed. One less Bush cronie to stand up there to lie for him! However no one seserves Cancer no mater how bad a operson he was. One can only hope he had about 30 seconds left to repent for all the cover ups and lies he told. May God have mercy upon your soul Tony Snow.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 July, 2008 06:54  

  • May God have mercy on the previous anonymous commenter. That was flat out evil. The left continues to spew lies and hatred.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 July, 2008 13:21  

  • Have you noticed how the liberals think it is perfectly OK to demean a very good man who died, but cry fowl when The New Yorker magazine publishes a cartoon of their Messiah and his wife?

    It is strikingly familiar to the reactions by the terrorists when the Danish cartoons were published.

    Hmmm... Any connection? Could this similarity be the reason why the lefties are always waving the surrender flag? They are on the same side.

    By Blogger The Benson Report, at 14 July, 2008 16:50  

  • Didn't like the truth huh? Snow may have been a good man to you Righties but he lied for Bush and got paid for it. Sort of like a painted WHORE! You want to condemn me for telling the truth about the man ? Or tell the further lie that he was a good person in every part of his life? He may have been in his personal life but he did the country a huge injustice by covering up Bush's mess. May God have mercy on your souls for painting things with rose colored glasses on. And I want to hear you say nothing but good things when Bill Clinton dies if you think you should sugar coat a person's life when they die.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 July, 2008 20:00  

  • No, we will condemn you for spreading lies and hate. That's what you do. You wouldn't know the truth if it rose up and bit your Rocky Mountain oysters off.

    That radical left wallows in sheer evil and lies.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 July, 2008 22:43  

  • To all those who wish to disparage and denegrate one the most fair, honest and honorable men to have worked in the media, just because of your BDS, try telling it to Susan Estrich (Clinton appologist extrordinaire) and see if she doesn't scratch your eyes out.
    Better yet, tell it to Bob Beckel (Even BIGGER Clinton appologist) and see if he doesn't knock you on your ass.
    If anyone would have been in a position to accuse Tony as a liar, it would have been one of them, as both of them are far left, yet both loved and respected Tony exactly because he was who he was.
    You are all as clueless as you are transparent and cowardly.

    GOD bless Tony, his family, friends, co-workers and fans... we will miss you.

    By Anonymous radmax, at 15 July, 2008 01:45  

  • At least Scotty McClellon saved his soul from the inner circles of hell, by repenting for his sins against humanity, and that's exactly what it was, sinful, it is a sin to shill for the satanic, muderous Bush administration. Scotty is a good man who saw the evil he committed....

    Snow on the other hand, will be making his commodity trades in hell for all eternity with Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld, Rove, Lieberman, and the rest. Maybe Limbugh could get an exclusive interview with Snow in the after life. Does Satan subscribe to cable television? I'm sure lucifer watch's O'riley every night.

    good riddance to another demonic, Anti-american piece of trash.. Tony Snow.

    Being a family man, does not make you a hero. The Boston Strangler was a family man....

    no great loss, just another shill, selling out working America for the Republican party and the power associsted with being a Republican

    By Anonymous BushiesControlHell, at 15 July, 2008 15:31  

  • Every word that BCH just farted onto the internet is a vile, evil, wicked lie. I bet it's really Fred Phelps.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 15 July, 2008 22:41  

  • So Anon. is one having a family automatically make him a great person??

    Snow displayed he was a rotton piece of trash, who lied to the American people to earn a living. IF he was such a good, honest man, why lie to earn a living? He could have had an honest profession.

    What good did Snow contribute to society? His job was one of deception and lying for the most, corrupt, satanic and Anti-American
    administration of all time.

    How is he a man of character, if his career was based on lying on Faux news and lying for the Bush administration. that displays him to be a man of NO character, like most 'conservatives".

    Conservatives value profits, not American people. How is that character?

    He was a great dad and husband, so are millions of other men, do we celebrate all of them? Why do we not celbrate when an honest father and husband who worked an honest job of character?

    So we should celebrate Snow and remember him fondly, because of ?? WHY??? He was a dishonest, sleezy, fox news reporter and shill for the Republican party?

    American values are shameful. Praise anyone who is a public figure even if they are lying, trash? there is nothing to remember fondly of Snow.

    I'm not a phony, Snow was human trash, as is ANYONE who worked for the G.O.P or lied on Faux news.

    The only way to redeem oneself is to do what Scotty McLellon did, repent

    By Anonymous bushiescontrolhell, at 16 July, 2008 11:09  

  • Mop No one cares about your opinion on lying. Every time you utter your filth on this web site it has so many lies and your Propaganda it’s not worth reading.

    As for Snow you could not stand up against him when it came to integrity. Like normal your jealous he was more successful than you will ever be.


    By Anonymous MOPISAMORON, at 16 July, 2008 12:43  

  • Integrity, does not exist in the world of a filthy right wing hack. Snow is partially responsible for the destruction of the middle class and the destruction of the economy and the slaughter of 4,333 US soldiers in Iraq

    I speak truth, you get on your knees for the G.O.P and defend them at any cost, you too PF1, are respnsible for the destruction of this country, you too are responsible for $4.30 a gallon gas, you too are responsible for the slaughter of 4,333 soldiers

    I have spoken truth to power non-stop

    you have spoken what helps the Republican party, Snow has spoken what helps the Republican party

    just like Tony Snow, PF1, you have no sence of decency, integrity or patriotism. You are just another half-wit, turning red with anger every day, listening to the sum on A.M talk radio. your idea of patriotism is worshipping a politial party, not the people who made America great. like all republians you have contempt for the worker, the family, the Middle Class and the poor.

    You are another piee of elitist, Republican trash.

    only the lowest of the low, would come to this board and agree with the elitist piece of swine that runs this board, and defend a pig like Limbaugh and defend any right wing host. Only scum defend the GOP and their radio goons.

    you sir, are a traitor to your country and a traitor to the American people
    and just like Tony Snow, you will finally get to meet your idol Rush limbaugh in the inner circles of hell

    Remember 2001, hold onto the memories of the time when Americans actually took Republicans seriously, it took 3000 death at the WTC to get anyone to listen to you filthy elitists. you were drunk with power, now America rejects you.

    and as bad as Obama is..... the total 100% defeat of the GOP is needed to get this country back. and I could not care less if Obama ate human flesh in the jungles of Peru with a cannibal tribe
    and now for my friend....
    heed me words, if you do not put Obama in office and McCain wins, you will witness the end of America, the END. A complete 3rd world meltdown, people living in tents, kids dying of starvation, $40 a gallon gas, 70% unemployment $12 for a gallon of milk, $8 for a slice of pizza... $38 for a cheap cut of shell steak. in other words, the end of America. Grain and rice will hit reord prices as well, starvation and poverty, like a 3rd world nation in Afria is your future if you let McCain win, because you are scared of a black man... Again I could not care if Obama sacraficed a baby on the alter of satan... Mccain will END it all for us....THE END of America HASH. Don't say I did not warn you.... I could not are if obama's wife marched with Angela Davis screaming "kill the white man"..... McCain will END America

    and always remember this....
    and I predicted EVERY LAST SINGLE THING that has happened under Bush.
    Before Bush became president I predicted $5 a gallon gas, it came true, I predicted a Middle East war, we got a Middle East war, I predicted a HUGE economic crash, like the great depression, we are getting there. Trust me Hash, i have a track record of accuracy in preditions

    What I vision, and (I do have a level of clarivoyance, psyhic ability) is not pretty. i had visions of EXACTLY what is happening now in America, regarding the reession, and the war. I was mocked in 1999, I stand tall today with accuracy.

    By Anonymous BushiesBringHellon EARTH, at 16 July, 2008 15:35  

  • Bla Bla Bla

    Just like a Demwit Talking out your azz. Real world, Republicans move up Democrats move up it does not matter who is in power. Take responsibility and decide your own future. Stop waiting for the government to help. All they will do is make it worse.

    If you think this is bad it was worse in the 70%. Gas lines high unemployment.

    It really does not matter what happens because if Obama gets in and makes stupid changes he will be out and a republican will be elected.

    Let it go MOP get own with your life and you will see why republicans are happier than Democrats.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 16 July, 2008 16:24  

  • MOP never ever speaks to truth to power. He speaks lies to impotence. And he speaks hate.
    And he is a traitor.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 16 July, 2008 22:55  

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