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Listen to me talking on CNBC today about Obama vs. the GOP

How's this for a 21st-century media moment: I'm watching President Obama take questions from Republican leaders this afternoon in a pretty extraordinary bit of live TV. I'm tweeting the questions and answers pertaining to the economy and tweeted the testy exchange at the end of the session between Obama and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.).

Among my "followers" on Twitter are CNBC anchors Dennis Kneale and Michelle Caruso-Cabrera. (Thank you both.) By that time in the Q-and-A, CNBC had cut away from the president. But evidently Kneale was reading my Twitter feed during commercial breaks. He sent me an e-mail asking if I could come on CNBC in a few minutes and give a phone interview about the Obama-Hensarling dust-up.

So, there I was, moments later, looking at my name up on CNBC on the TV that sits on my desk, talking to the anchors on the screen while reading my tweets to them. Now, of course, I'm blogging about the whole thing and embedding the CNBC video of me, on TV, talking about my tweets.

I don't know what kind of rabbit hole all of us in the media are headed down, but I can't help but remember something said by Capt. Lucky Jack Aubrey, as played by Russell Crowe in "Master and Commander," a great sailing film set during the Napoleanic Wars: "What a fascinating modern age we live in!"

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By Frank Ahrens  |  January 29, 2010; 5:34 PM ET
Categories:  The Ticker  | Tags: CNBC, Frank Ahrens, Jeb Hensarling, Obama, Russell Crowe  
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