At the White House, a Wall of Newspapers
By Michael D. Shear
Who says newspapers are dead? Not the White House, apparently.
Every morning, White House staffers have taken to printing out dozens of front pages of newspapers from across the country and pinning them to a wall in the press office.
Today, headlines screamed of Michael Jackson's death in scores of newspapers on the newspaper wall outside of the office of Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
The newspaper front pages are shrunken down and printed out on small, 8-1/2 by 11-inch paper, losing their color and some of their punch.
But to newspaper reporters weary of the repeated declarations that their industry is doomed, it's nonetheless something of a bright spot.
Still, the novelty may not mean much. The Obama White House has signaled in more substantive ways that the days of newspaper primacy are long gone.
The latest was the brouhaha over President Obama's decision to call on a reporter for an Internet publication at his recent press conference after his team had asked the blogger to forward a question from an Iranian.
And Obama has virtually turned over the White House twice to television networks. There has yet to be a "New York Times Day at the White House."
Posted at 11:00 AM ET on Jun 26, 2009
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