Via Tech Insider: Technology complicates White House communications

Thanks to the Internet, people all over the country now have a say in what’s happening, said Perino. The Wyoming native noted that while her grandfather can’t get the New York Times delivered to his ranch, he can stay informed.

Yet, all this connectivity presents a challenge for the White House. For example, when a plane crashed in Long Island, N.Y., two months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Ari Fleischer, President Bush’s press secretary from 2001 to 2003 took nearly five hours to brief the press, making sure to get all the facts correct.

It’s amazing how quickly the world has changed. Less than ten years ago, it took the White House five hours to comment on what, in my memory at least, what could very easily been another terrorist act.

There’s also a neat comparison in this story about the state of the internet. When Dee Dee Myers became Press Secretary, there were fifty websites in the world. I probably visit fifty on my way to work each day now.

It’s a brave new world, folks.