Extreme Makeover DC Style

According to a story by John McKinnon in this morning’s The Wall Street Journal, White House press secretary Tony Snow is swapping the simple, utilitarian White House seal, American flag and blue curtain for a modern, techno video wall on the set of his daily briefings. As much as I agree with Mr. Snow about the need to keep pace with the tools for getting a message out, I have to wonder if this is going to be remembered as the day the press corps was eliminated from the American system of checks-and-balances, making it easier for this and future administrations to avoid the true role of the daily press briefing: allowing the American people — through their representatives in the press — to question its government leaders.

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