Say whatever you want about White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, there’s no denying his class, integrity, and decency. In fact, few in Washington, D.C., come close.
A fine example of what kind of a man Snow is occurred during Thursday’s press gaggle when the Secretary took a moment to apologize to NBC’s David Gregory for suggesting last week that the correspondent was being partisan in the way he framed a question. As NewsBuster Matt Sheffield reported, Snow and Gregory had quite an exchange during the December 6 gaggle over the contents of the just released Iraq Study group report (video available here).
Well, a little over a week later, and after much discussion about this encounter, Snow wanted to make amends, and said the following before answering one of Gregory’s questions Thursday (video available here):
SNOW: Before I get to that, I want to address something else. Because you and I had a conversation last week that got a whole lot of play in a lot of places, where I used the term "partisan" in describing one of your questions.
And I've thought a lot about that, and that I was wrong. So I want to apologize and tell you I'm sorry for it.
GREGORY: Thank you.
SNOW: And the reason I do that is not only because it's the right thing, but because I want people in this room and also people who watch these to understand that the relations in this room are professional and collegial.
And if I expect you to do right by us, you have every right to expect that I'll do right by you.
So, at any event, I just want to say I'm sorry for that.
How refreshing. Now, try to imagine a member of the press being as gracious.