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Friday, September 15, 2006

Tony Snow Is 330% Funnier than Scott McClellan

Anyone who's watched White House press briefings the last few months has surely noticed that everyone - both Tony Snow and the reporters - seem to be having more fun then they had under ex-Press Secretary Scott McClellan.

Washington Examiner's Yays and Nays:
Yeas & Nays reviewed the press briefing and press gaggle transcripts from Snow’s first four months on the job and compared them to those of Snow’s predecessor, Scott McClellan, during his first four months.

Under Snow, there were more than 330 percent more instances of laughter — as defined by the transcriber’s insertion of “(Laughter)” in the transcript — than under McClellan.

Reporters seem to like it:

“It’s not that Tony’s necessarily a laugh riot,” says Ron Hutcheson, who covers the White House for McClatchy newspapers. “But he engages, and it’s a lot more fun to be in the room with somebody who’s engaging reporters.” Hutcheson says that McClellan, on the other hand, “was just cautious, cautious to a fault. He would retreat to the talking points and it was almost as if he didn’t listen to the question.”
But don't expect Snow to headline in the Catskills anytime soon:

“Well, I do like to have fun, but at the same time you don’t want to be doing stand-up as the spokesperson of the president and the leader of the free world,” he says.


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