Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Last night, amid the formal gilt chairs of the White House East Room and the traditional question to Hearst's Helen Thomas (who, at 88, has covered 10 presidents), new ground was broken for bloggers: A Huffington Post White House correspondent was selected for a question to President Obama. If you've been following my coverage of the slow growth of policies on blogger press credentials, you know this isn't the first time a blogger's gained access to a White House briefing. But the simple act of accepting a question from a blogger in a White House news conference broadcast live on television seems to be the historic moment. It's interesting to note that the Huffington Post only came into being during President Obama's candidacy. What are your policies for admitting bloggers to press events or giving them advance access to materials and data?