An enlightening little apercu about the Bush White House's interest in talking to certain bloggers. Bartlett doesn't put great store in worrying about any particular journalist, but there are exceptions:
Q: Yeah, or what if Hugh Hewitt called?
Bartlett: That’s when you start going, “Hmm . . .” Because they do reach people who are influential.
Q: Well, they reach the president’s base.
Bartlett: That’s what I mean by influential. I mean, talk about a direct IV into the vein of your support. It’s a very efficient way to communicate. They regurgitate exactly and put up on their blogs what you said to them. It is something that we’ve cultivated and have really tried to put quite a bit of focus on.
Meet the regurgitation chorus. So much more reliable than the MSM.