Saturday, March 7, 2009

Oh, no! President Obama says he doesn't waste his time reading blogs

Mr. President: Stay in touch by visiting The Purple Center

From the President's interview with The New York Times:

As he settles into his new job, Mr. Obama said he spent much of his time reading briefing books, but still tried to stay in touch by perusing newspapers and thumbing through weekly news magazines. But he said he did not watch much television, except basketball games.

Mr. Obama rode to the White House partly on his savvy use of new technology, and he has a staff-written blog on his presidential Web site. Even so, he said he did not find blogs to be reliable, citing the economy as one example.

“Part of the reason we don’t spend a lot of time looking at blogs,” he said, “is because if you haven’t looked at it very carefully, then you may be under the impression that somehow there’s a clean answer one way or another — well, you just nationalize all the banks, or you just leave them alone and they’ll be fine.”

I'm okay with that, although he'd be better informed by reading The Purple Center, of course. Besides, here in the centrist blogosphere, we don't offer clear answers at all!

But what I want to know is, what "weekly news magazines" is he bothering to "thumb through." Surely not Time and Newsweek, which no one reads in hard copy anymore except at the doctor's office?

Have any ideas for the President's reading -- of blogs or anything else? Post a comment.

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