According to the White House Blog, during a recent "African American Online Summit" held at the White House, Obama praised black bloggers and their use of digital activism. www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/10/13/working-broaden-and-deepen-our-online-engagement

“The media is changing so rapidly,” the president said, acknowledging the role of the Web in allowing his administration to reach out beyond audiences that are mainstream media consumers.


U.S. President, Mr. Barack Obama (Photo Courtesy AP)

President Obama stated to the bloggers: "websites like you guys do every day two things. Number one it allows us to reach audiences that may not be watching Meet The Press. I'm just saying, it might be a different demographic. But the second thing is obviously part of what is so powerful about the web, is that it's not just a one-way conversation."

According to the Daily Mail, few of the bloggers accused Barack Obama of using them for political expediency and demanded the same level of access as other mainstream media. One blog, Jack and Jill Politics, said: 'We essentially told the White House that we are not willing to be "pimped".

Keli Goff, a blogger who writes for theloop21.com, said: 'I respect that the second half of the briefing was off the record, but I feel comfortable enough to say I think we made it clear that we want to be taken just as seriously and receive the same measure of access as the mainstream outlets already do. This was a good first date. Now let's see if there is some substance there going forward."

According to Jack and Jill Politics Ms. Valerie Jarrett, an adviser to Obama, committed to conducting more meetings with black bloggers.