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We had White House communications director Dan Bartlett in today for an editorial board meeting. I asked him if blogs fit into the WH’s communications strategy. He said he has people on his staff whose full-time job is to monitor the blogs to keep up with what’s going on. I asked him what the most important blogs to read, from the White House’s point of view, are. He said that in terms of what influences the mindset of the Washington media, Kausfiles, the Slate daily roundup of the papers, and Andrew Sullivan were crucial ones to keep up with. In terms of staying abreast of what’s happening with the conservative base, the White House makes sure to read The Corner (of course), Instapundit, and Powerline.

I also asked him if the president reads blogs. Answer: “No.”


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