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THE WHITE HOUSE AND "ETHER SPACE"

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By Michelle Malkin  •  February 28, 2006 09:58 AM

Drudge is hyping Bill Sammon’s new book, “Strategery,” this morning and publishes an interesting passage from the book on the White House’s warm views of the blogosphere and cyberspace.

Or the “ether space,” as President Bush calls it. (At least they got him to stop saying “Internets.”)

“I think what’s healthy is that there’s no monopoly on the news,” Bush said. “There’s competition. There’s competition for the attention of, you know, 290 million people, or whatever it is.

“And the amazing thing about this world we live in is that there’s a kind of free-flowing, kind of bulletin board of ideas and thoughts out there in the ether space, sometimes landing on somebody’s desk and sometimes not, but always available. It’s a very interesting period.”

Indeed, it is. But for all the lip service being paid to the power of blogosphere, the White House has sure down a lousy job of monitoring it.

Karl Rove chimes in with late praise for bloggers’ work on unmasking the fraudulent CBS Rathergate memos:

Rove considers Memogate a watershed in the rise of the alternative media.

“The whole incident in the fall of 2004 showed really the power of the ‘blogosphere’,” he said in his West Wing office.

“Because in essence you had now, an army of self-appointed experts looking over the shoulder of the mainstream media and bringing to bear enormously sophisticated skills,” he added.

Dude, the phrase is Army of Davids. Someone order the White House a dozen copies. Make sure they land on the right desks and get read–and not just float around in the, you know, ether space.

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