I want to write a book called Speaking Truth to Power - how the rise of citizen journalism and the blogosphere changed everything
Former White House communications director and counselor to the president (Bush jr. that is) Dan Bartlett (no relation to Jed Bartlet) in an interview with Texas Monthly:
Yeah, or what if [conservative blogger] Hugh Hewitt called?
That’s when you start going, “Hmm . . .” Because they do reach people who are influential.
Well, they reach the president’s base.
That’s what I mean by influential. I mean, talk about a direct IV into the vein of your support. It’s a very efficient way to communicate. They regurgitate exactly and put up on their blogs what you said to them. It is something that we’ve cultivated and have really tried to put quite a bit of focus on.