ABC News’ Jonathan Karl Reports: At the hospital and recovering from surgery, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow is up to at least one of his old tricks: correcting things he doesn’t like in the press.
At 4:30 this afternoon, Tony Snow called the White House press office from his hospital bed to correct something he had read in the 10th paragraph of the AP wire story about his cancer.
The AP had reported this: "Among the unanswered questions are how far the cancer spread, how extensive the cancer in his liver is, and whether it can be surgically removed if it hasn’t been already."
There was nothing technically incorrect with that sentence. The White House had not answered those questions, but Snow was ready to answer one: the cancer, he told Deputy Press Secretary Dana Perino, is not "in" his liver. It is "attached" to his liver.
Perino put out a statement with the new information and soon the AP story was updated with the new information.
Perino tells ABC News that Snow had other news to report. He has been out for a couple of walks with his family at the hospital and is "feeling good." Snow told Perino he intends to begin an "aggressive" program of chemotherapy as soon as he has recovered enough from his surgery.
Most importantly, Snow told her he fully intends to return to work as soon as he is able. In the meantime, it seems he’ll be reading the news … and calling in when he sees something he doesn’t like.