Susannah Vila sketched out the meta-narrative of Brownstein's White House-recommended post:

Critics will undoubtedly suggest that this is another sign of Obama giving preferential treatment to the reporters who are more supportive of his policies. Or, as one TPM commenter suggested , perhaps this was a carefully crafted ploy by both Brownstein and Obama to prepare "liberals for the dropping of the public option." On the other hand, when a president regularly links out as well as getting linked to, it's also a sign that he gets the "ethic of the link--connecting people to knowledge wherever it is;" he's paying attention, and hopefully responding, to the comments, criticisms and suggestions that are buzzing around the public sphere.

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