There's been a Dan Rather sighting, last night at UC Berkeley. Perhaps he was hoping for an exclusive interview with Mario Savio. The sympathetic writeup to which I've linked probably tells less than it could, but Dan clearly has the making of our next Alger Hiss ("Rather dodged Schell's questions about what exactly went down with the Bush's National Guard service story or whether he believes the story is fully accurate..."). On the other hand, only someone as screwy as Dan could hide behind corporate fear of controversy as the reason why he was clueless regarding the power of blogs. Best of all, he considers himself "independent," not liberal. "My best work is still ahead of me," he warned.
Announcing the appointment of Tony Snow as press secretary -- addressing the assembled press gaggle -- the president said, "He knows most of you and agreed to take the job anyway." That about sums it up. Best of luck, Tony.
The BBC sent a reviewer to the Tribeca film festival yesterday at which "United 93" debuted in the U.S. The reviewer, to the seeming surprise of the two radio anchors who set up his story, pronounced the film one of the best he had ever seen. For a habitual (if cynical) BBC listener, this was the purest sort of turnaround. From the Beeb, one expects at least a little supercilious irony, a little arch superiority. Not a speck of that in the reviewer's comments on "United 93."
Tony Snow, it was confirmed last night, will be the new White House press secretary. I've known him since he was a columnist for the Washington Times. He'll do a great job for the president and not just because he's a very skilled journalist with a good grip on what's happening around the world. Snow is a rarity in Washington: an A-level reporter who is also a very good person. Let's all wish him well in a terrifically hard job.
Larry, Were this the only bit I was behind the curve on!
You're behind the curve on this one, Shawn. That's Nina Burleigh writing, she of the offer, back in the Clinton years, to give Bubba "a b.j. myself for keeping abortion legal."