CNN falls over Tony Snow

Ex-White House press secretary joins network

Former White House press secretary Tony Snow is joining CNN as a conservative commentator who will contribute to political analysis, the cabler announced Monday.

Snow has had a long career in television news and analysis — most notably with Fox, but also with CNN as an occasional substitute conservative co-host on the cabler’s now-cancelled political talker “Crossfire.”

He has also been active in Republican politics. From April 2006 to September 2007, Snow was President Bush’s press secretary. He also served the administration of George H.W. Bush, the current president’s father, first as chief speech writer and later as media adviser.

“In the White House, Tony brought a remarkably human touch to the discussion of public policy, which he will continue to do as part of the best political team on television,” Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S. said in a statement. Less than a year after becoming White House press secretary, Snow was diagnosed with a recurrence of colon cancer. Following treatment, he announced that he needed to make more for his family than the $168,000 he was paid annually by the government. He stepped down on Sept. 14.

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