White House press secretary Tony Snow had a little set-to with CBS News anchor Harry Smith about George W. Bush’s “leadership” at the recent G8 conference. Smith had asked Snow if Bush has become a lame duck president. Snow defended his boss – and in the process admonished Smith about not trying to have his own facts:
MR. SNOW: Well, think of it — let’s flip it around. The president just came back from a G-8 session where, you know, when everybody went they said, “Well, here’s George W. Bush. The whole world’s against him on climate change.” Guess what: He goes to the G-8, leads the way on climate change, leads the way on development, leads the way on AIDS —
MR. SMITH: No, I think that’s following on climate change. He’s following on climate change.
MR. SNOW: No, no, I don’t think so, Harry.
MR. SMITH: These other countries have set the table for this for years. The president is late to this table. You can’t flip that around.
MR. SNOW: I hate to tell you — no, Harry, you can’t have your own facts. We’ve got a better record than the rest of the world. We have more rapid rate of improvement —
MR. SMITH: And it should have an even better record than we already have, and you know that.
Well, if Snow had accused Smith and CBS of “making up facts” or “using facts that aren’t facts” he migt have been on to something. Let’s face it – making up facts and using facts that aren’t facts are things the White House knows WAY more about than CBS. In fact, the only time lately CBS has been accused of using facts that aren’t facts was when Dan Rather got swift boated by Bill Burkett – who may/may not have been a Bush/Rove operative.
As for Bush’s “leadership” at the G8 conference, well, Reuters evidently has their own facts, too:
The declaration by President Bush basically restates the U.S. classic line on climate change — no mandatory reductions, no carbon trading and vaguely expressed objectives.” – EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas