Tony Snow is starting out his new job as press secretary, and Bill Sammon writes in the Washington Examiner that after writing pieces criticizing five different news outlets, it's clear "he will be more aggressive than his mild-mannered predecessor, Scott McClellan."

All of the write-ups, entitled "Setting the Record Straight," can be viewed on the White House website.



New White House pressec Tony Snow is taking a more aggressive line with the press corps, sending out emails critical of the elite media's coverage.



The Associated Press reports that Tony Snow didn't say much on his first day at the White House.

President Bush had two press secretaries Monday — incoming Tony Snow and outgoing Scott McClellan.

The two men are sharing responsibilities in a final few days of transition.



Today was press secretary Scott McClellan's last day on the job. Fox News contributor Tony Snow will take over on May 8.

As he stepped into the press room, everyone applauded.

"Big turnout today, something going on?"

One journalist told him, "I appreciate the way you've treated us all fairly and professionally."



Today we're starting a new tradition here at NewsBusters, the weekend captionfest. Basically, we post a picture from the news and NB readers post alternative captions to it.



Finally they are making it official. A liberal activist will directly edit a newspaper and decide what stories will and will not run.

Bono, the lead singer for the band U2, will get to edit the Independent, one of Britain's top newspapers. Will Hillary Clinton edit the New York Times if she decides to run for president?



Michael Kinsley writes in Slate that "journalists sincerely believe" they deserve "constitutional special treatment" when it comes to deciding when to publish classified material. They believe that for Bush to decide when to publish classified material is to give him dictatorial powers. But for them to decide means a victory for the First Amendment.


Rem Rieder, editor of American Journalism Review, believes that the blacktie White House Correspondent's Dinner, which encourages its members to snare the best celebrity guests, "underscores the notion that journalists are part of a wealthy elite, completely out of touch with ordinary Americans."



The story hasn't been on the media radar much of late, but the legal team of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the former Bush admin official at the center of the Valerie Plame Wilson leak investigation, came out swinging this week, landing a number of blows against reporters and news organizations in a court filing defending Libby's desire to compel them to submit evidence he deems essential to his defense.

After the Libby team began poking holes in the stories of journalists Tim Russert, Judith Miller, and Matt Cooper and others, the press


If you ever wanted to know how easy it easy to distract a reporter, and how short is the attention span of the Washington press corps, watch how a whole team of journalists saved the day as a mother duck and her ducklings tried to cross the street.



All those reporters with an important task at hand. Today it's ducks, tomorrow it's another liberal pet issue that will come and go, taken up with as much verve and eagerness.