May 11, 2006
Before he even takes the podium for the first time as official White House Press Secretary, Tony Snow shot off a round of emails to
his prey the WH Press Pool criticizing the major networks for the way they've distorted their coverage of the President.
Â“The New York Times continues to ignore AmericaÂ’s economic progress,Â” blared the headline of an e-mail sent to reporters Wednesday by the White House press office.Now that's more like it!
Minutes earlier, another e-mail blasted CBS News, which has had an unusually rocky relationship with the White House since 2004, when CBS aired what turned out to be forged documents in a failed effort to question the presidentÂ’s military service.
Â“CBS News misleadingly reports that only 8 million seniors have signed up for Medicare prescription drug coverage,Â” WednesdayÂ’s missive said. Â“But 37 million seniors have coverage.Â” On Tuesday, the White House railed against Â“USA TodayÂ’s misleading Medicare story.Â”
Â“USA Today claims Â‘poor, often minorityÂ’ Medicare beneficiaries are not enrolling in Medicare drug coverage,Â” the press office complained. Â“But by April, more than 70 percent of eligible African Americans, more than 70 percent of eligible Hispanics, and more than 75 percent of eligible Asian Americans are enrolled or have retiree drug coverage.Â”
The Drive-By Media are on notice: Like the infamous Howard Beale in the movie, "Network", Snow (as the voice of the President) is mad as hell, and he's not going to take it anymore!
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