Thursday, February 22, 2007

Tony Snow and White House Reporters Slam The ‘Hateful,’ ‘Polarized’ Blogosphere

Did anyone believe that the establishment types like the blogosphere?

Of course, they don't.

It has become competition, on one level, in that there are some serious journalists at work in the sphere, and others are far more entertaining than anything the MSM could possibly pull off.

Tony Snow thinks the blogosphere is hateful? Damn, does he ever read Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin?

Think Progress » Tony Snow and White House Reporters Slam The ‘Hateful,’ ‘Polarized’ Blogosphere:

In a press round-table at the National Press Club tonight, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow led a discussion with White House correspondents about the impact of the internet on their respective jobs. Their conclusion? They don’t like being challenged by blogs.

NBC News’ David Gregory bemoaned how political coverage has “become so polarized in this country…because it’s the internet and the blogs that have really used this White House press conferences to somehow support positions out in America, political views.” Tony Snow admitted he sometimes reads blogs (”I’ll occasionally punch it up”) only to find “wonderful, imaginative hateful stuff that comes flying out.”

Newsweek’s White House correspondent Richard Wolffe added, “[Bloggers] want us to play a role that isn’t really our role. Our role is to ask questions and get information. … It’s not a chance for the opposition to take on the government and grill them to a point where they throw their hands up and surrender.”

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