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Quote of the Day: Internet Famous

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, October 26 2010

Every reporter sitting in that room, whether they admit it or not, wants to ask something that’ll lead the Huffington Post.

-- Dan Pfeiffer, White House communications director, in Robert Draper's GQ profile on White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.

The Obama White House portrayed in Draper's piece and otherwise observable is
one that very much doesn't like that it exists in a online-offline media ecosystem where it is arguably little more than a bit player. Reporters, who are coping with a new world order themselves, feel resented; one White House correspondent in Draper's piece channels Obama: "Why aren’t you doing something good with your life like I am?" And the reaction of the Obama operation seems to be to impose a smidgen of control over the situation by force. "Because attacks by a Sarah Palin, Rick Santelli, or liberal pundits occur almost daily and can immediately engulf the blogosphere," writes Draoper, "Gibbs says, he feels compelled to counterattack, swiftly and forcefully so that Obama himself -- known for his cool above-it-allness -- doesn’t get caught in the crossfire."

It's a dog-eat-dog free-agent world, but that, of course, isn't a situation limited in the United States circa 2010 to the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room.