03/13/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

TIME: The HuffPo Gets To Question Obama -- And Makes History

Change in Washington comes in increments, and a door was cracked open on Feb. 9 when, in the first official press conference of the Obama Administration, the President took a question from a reporter who writes only for a web outlet. Admittedly, said outlet was the Huffington Post (or as it is called for short the HuffPo), so the reporter was unlikely to throw a curveball. Nevertheless, the President, and with him the whole White House media shop, have crossed a Rubicon of sorts, acknowledging the equivalent legitimacy of an unapologetically non-objective media outlet, which lives nowhere but the internet and which didn't even exist four years ago. (President Bush took questions from a "Jeff Gannon," who was later found not to be a real web journalist, nor a real Jeff Gannon, so he doesn't count.)

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