From cable news star to White House press secretary and back again: Tony Snow, who worked at the Fox News Channel for 10 years before serving as the Bush administration’s chief spokesman for 17 months, is moving to CNN to be a political contributor.
CNN announced Mr. Snow’s hire on Monday, concluding months of wooing by the channel’s executives. Mr. Snow joined Fox News as a television and radio host in 1996, where he worked until he was named White House press secretary in April 2006.
CNN declined to say how much Mr. Snow would be paid in his role as a conservative commentator.
Before moving to Fox, Mr. Snow was a regular guest on the CNN political shows “Crossfire” and “Late Edition.” He will continue to serve as the regular guest host for “The Radio Factor with Bill O’Reilly,” a product of the Westwood One radio network.
Despite joining CNN today, Tony Snow said he still has affection for his former colleagues at Fox News, where he worked prior to his stint as President Bush’s press secretary
“Everybody is going to try and create a Fox and CNN narrative out of this,” said Snow, who also mentioned that he “love[s]” Fox News chief Roger Ailes and would “walk over broken glass” for Bill O’Reilly.
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It’s not out of the ordinary to bring up the Fox/CNN rivalry, given that Fox News, from its launch just over a decade ago, has been battling the cable news network. A caustic relationship, [Fox News chief Roger} Ailes has even posed the question of “why does CNN hate America.”
Snow did not want to get into any specific conversations he may have had with Fox executives, but said that he’d received offers from several networks. However, CNN’s offer to be a political analyst during the 2008 campaign was the best one.