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Journalism Breaks Out at White House Snow Show

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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Raising Helen: Acting in a manner becoming an actual journalist (or just channeling still-alive Helen Thomas), NBC's David "Stretch" Gregory, gets cranky with White House obfuscator Tony Snow during a presser. Gregory, referring to the abysmal new Iraq report, asks, "Can this report be seen as anything other than a rejection of this President's handling of the war?" Snow essentially calls Gregory a partisan hack. Things deteriorate from there, mostly for Snow. At least he didn't call Gregory an eyebrow dyer.

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