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White House Comms. Director: Media Wants ‘To Ask Something That’ll Lead the Huffington Post’

GQ has published a must-read profile of White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. However, one of the most interesting, and perhaps truthful quotes in the story comes from White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer (pictured), who testifies to his frustrations of dealing with a press corps that he says is hell bent on generating headlines that will light up the blogosphere:

“The basic philosophy is, the beast is either feeding on you or feeding on someone else. The media is more combative an enterprise than ever before—combative with the White House, newspapers literally fighting for their economic lives every day. You have outlets of ideological agendas in the briefing room on both sides who ask questions that fuel the debate. Every reporter sitting in that room, whether they admit it or not, wants to ask something that’ll lead the Huffington Post. So it’s incredibly provocative.”

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