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Politico: The Waiting-Room Reading of the White House

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 4 2009

This is a bit funny. Politico's Ben Smith answers the "what could go wrong?" question on the near universally-praised White House move of posting hundreds of photographs to Flickr. Smith finds a picture where a foreign policy advisor is shown with a clutch of papers under his arm. Zoom in a bit, and you see the notation "CIA." And then, "Secret." Oopsie. The White House made the case that what was shown in the photo was nothing more than a super-secret fax cover sheet. They pulled the photo down anyway. (Click over to Ben's post to see the now clandestine shot.)

And in another find that pretty much justifies his salary for the next year, Smith digs up a photo of President Obama perusing a print copy of Politico. Hey, the New Republic got a ton of mileage out of that "in-flight magazine of Air Force One" thing.

(In case you're curious, what the photo reveals about other reading material supplied by the White House: Financial Times, Washington Times, USA Today, Fortune, the New Yorker, the Economist, Rolling Stone, National Georgraphic, Business Week, and, umm, People -- with Michelle Obama on the cover.)