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Linda Douglass leaving White House

Updated 1:02 p.m.
By Howard Kurtz
Linda Douglass, the network TV correspondent who became a top pitchwoman for President Obama's health care plan, is leaving the White House.

She sounds like she needs a break; her last day is April 16, and she leaves for vacation the next day.

The former ABC News reporter, who became a traveling spokeswoman for the Obama campaign, found herself in the midst of the fierce battle over health-care reform. She called her departure "bittersweet."

"After nearly 2 years of work that has been exhilarating and grueling in equal measure, I am going to step off the treadmill for awhile and rediscover the experience of dining with my husband on a regular basis," Douglass said in a statement. She said she will be "cheering with pride from the sidelines as this historic law takes effect."

Douglass made plenty of television appearances on behalf of the health bill and led a behind-the-scenes effort to combat what the administration viewed as misinformation about the bill, setting up a Web site and challenging stories the White House saw as unfair.

Douglass joined then-Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign in 2008, two years after leaving ABC. It was a personal adjustment for Douglass after a career in journalism, but she was not shy about aggressively challenging some of her former colleagues in the news business.

She also had to adapt to the 24-hour nature of the new media world. Douglass was surprised, for instance, when I told the world about her departure on Twitter.

Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer says Douglass "will continue to be a valued adviser to this President and this White House."

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By Howard Kurtz  |  April 8, 2010; 12:46 PM ET
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Comments

To all those who question her White House service...just think back to those 8 years of Bush/Cheney..and all the "BS" that was poured out on a daily basis...This Lady maintained a professional stature unlike each of the Bush spin men...she'll be missed.

Posted by: meyer390 | April 9, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

NewsBusters: Her ObamaCare Mission Achieved, ABC/CBS Veteran Linda Douglass Departs White House
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Posted by: StewartIII | April 8, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

She was never an objective reporter and confirmed that when she joined Obama's team.
She didn't hurt her credibility because she didn't have any.

As a reporter she made her position clear by sticking to her biased talking points.

Not a loss for the Obama team, there are plenty more where she came from......

Posted by: pjcafe | April 8, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

It is a shame the way some people ridicule this lady for taking the stance she has taken regarding her job. This lady has performed beyond the call of duty and will be missed by her constituents. She is a person who cares about people and our country, and is a rare find. I wish her well.

Posted by: jtynoble | April 8, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Infamy at last.

Posted by: easttxisfreaky | April 8, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Now she can go back to ABC News and be "objective" again. LOL

Posted by: mitchflorida | April 8, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Free again! Independent me, free again.

Posted by: PhilVoiceNews | April 8, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Can she take a few more with her?

Posted by: gjconely | April 8, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance

Posted by: goodlife2 | April 8, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

She is the typical reporter that has always been on the liberal side. A earlier report that appeared in the WP, stated that Murdoch could not name a democrat on their new team. I don't think any of the other network news can site a republican on theirs. Certainly not MSNBC and CNN.

Posted by: dy19spider57 | April 8, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, I'm free at last.

Posted by: treedbrent | April 8, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

She did a great job beating back the lies and misinformation put out by HCR opponents. Her career in journalism made her better at sniffing out the BS. Big loss for the WH.

Posted by: jrfjay | April 8, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

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