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Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Death of Pro-Bush Neocon Tony Snow

Like the media frenzy over the sudden yet unexpected demise of NBC's "Meet The Press" chief Tim Russert, the media hysteria over the sudden yet expected demise of the mainstream media's (MSM) "one of our own" pro-Bush neocon Tony Snow. Snow, who had passed away earlier today from colon cancer (which had taken its final toll on him by the way), certainly had the skills of real journalists like Russert but lacked one attribute that distinguished both gentlemen from Mencken, Hayek, Mises, etc.: the passion and desire for the truth.

While I wasn't able to express my condolences and sympathies to the Russert family at the time of his death on June 13, I do express my condolences and sympathies to the Snow family. However, I don't feel sorry for Snow because he was a compulsive liar, considering the dishonesty that persists to follow him to his grave. I can sympathize with a family who loses a loved one to cancer (even if that one is a politician), but I can't sympathize with one of the practitioners person for his lies and distortions that have become the hallmarks of his life and career.

What is interesting at this point is that Snow, like Russert, was in his fifties. Maybe -- just maybe -- this is the result of a lifetime of an erosion of his inner life, given the fact that he was a paid shill for the state and was a defender of the state's violent activities, especially when the ends justified the means (and, in the eyes of its current defenders, still does to this very day).