Snow to be White House spokesman


WASHINGTON -- Tony Snow, the Fox News radio and television commentator, has agreed to become the White House press secretary, and could be named to the post as early as today, administration officials said yesterday.

Unlike the soft-spoken current White House press secretary, Scott McClellan, who announced his resignation last week, Snow is something of a showman.

Snow has even written recent columns critical of Bush, arguing that the White House had lost its verve and direction during his second term.

A senior administration official said the president chose Snow, 50, as one of the most visible faces of the administration because he understood newspapers, radio, television and government, having worked in all four.

Snow is also a star in the conservative movement, some of whose members have been openly critical of the White House in recent months - Snow among them.

Snow could not be reached for comment last night.

His likely appointment comes as the new White House chief of staff, Joshua B. Bolten, is shuffling the president's top staff as part of an effort to salvage the president's second-term agenda. One area in which he has already focused is Bush's press operation, which he is trying to make more effective at presenting the president's message, Republicans with ties to the White House have said.

Snow is the host of The Tony Snow Show on radio and Weekend Live with Tony Snow on Fox News Channel and had been the host of Fox News Sunday, one of the five major Sunday morning public affairs programs. Before that, he had been a columnist at USA Today and the editorial page editor of The Washington Times.

His appointment to the press secretary position has been rumored for more than a week.

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