Today is Tony Snow’s first day as White House press secretary (Byron York interviewed Snow for NR here). The televised briefing is usually around 12:30 p.m., and all the cable news stations will probably carry it, CSPAN and Fox being the best bets.
Jay Rosen tells us to watch how Snow responds to DCI-related questions:
Snow’s appointment (see my April 28 post on it) was described at the time as a shift in strategy to a more powerful press secretary who has the ear of the president, “walk-in privileges,” a seat at the table when policy is being decided, and a broker’s role between journalists and the White House.
We don’t know if any of that is true. But if it is true, Tony Snow will walk in to the Oval Office Monday morning and walk out with answers. He will argue that a complete default in reason-giving is unacceptable, and won’t fly. When reporters ask about the departure of Porter Goss he will have some sort of explanation for the mystery. It will put new information on the record, and he will make news with it.
Given the amount of speculation about Goss’s resignation and early opposition to Bush’s chosen successor, Snow’s remarks on both should be clear and compelling — not just for the benefit of the public, but for the sake of the White House.
UPDATE: See today’s editorial for more reasons why Snow’s presenation of this matter is so important.