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U.S. President Obama sits down for interview with bloggers



In yet another sign of the changing times in journalism, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, U.S. President Barack Obama sat down with progressive, political bloggers for a quasi-press conference, which is thought to be the first such event, reported the Huffington Post.

According to MSNBC, the bloggers invited to the White House included AMERICAblog’s Joe Sudbay; Eschaton’s Duncan Black; Barbara Morrill of DailyKos; Crooks and Liars editor Jon Amato; and Oliver Willis, who runs oliverwillis.com.

While bloggers "rightfully criticize" traditional journalists for asking softball and irrelevant questions, it turns out the bloggers couldn't do a better job themselves, according to Ryan Chittum of the Columbia Journalism Review. He called their questions "weak," "poorly constructed," and "lame." While he admitted there were a few good questions and follow-ups about gay rights, in general it was "not exactly an inspiring performance by the blogs," he wrote.



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