Open Source Press Conferencing

My brother the famous columnist invites you to suggest questions for Tony Snow’s first press conference.

Tony Snow, the new White House press secretary, is expected to hold his first full-fledged press briefing next Monday.

How he responds to the first questions put to him should be a pretty good indicator of whether President Bush is committed to greater transparency in the remaining years of his presidency — or whether Snow is just a new face for the same old stone wall.

So the questions on Monday would ideally be tough, important ones that on the one hand put Snow to the test, but on the other hand give him a fair chance to show that he’s serious about explaining White House actions more forthrightly than his predecessor.

And that’s where you readers come in. What questions would you like to see the press corps ask Snow on Monday? E-mail me with your suggestions — and please include your full, real name and hometown. I’ll publish the results on Friday.

Here’s the thing, though. I’m not so much interested in smart-aleck, gotcha questions. What I’m looking for is questions to which the average American would say: “Yeah, I’d like to know the answer to that.”

Of course, since Dan doesn’t actually attend White House press conferences, all he can promise is that he’ll print the best ones and hope some reporter gets inspired.

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