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Did Anne Kornblut of the Washington Post overhype White House technical problems?

Yesterday, Anne Kornblut of the Washington Post offered "Staff Finds White House in the Technological Dark Ages" (link), a story presumably designed to appeal to tech-savvy Obama supporters:

If the Obama campaign represented a sleek, new iPhone kind of future, the first day of the Obama administration looked more like the rotary-dial past... "It is kind of like going from an Xbox to an Atari," Obama spokesman Bill Burton said of his new digs... The [new-media] team members, accustomed to working on Macintoshes, found computers outfitted with six-year-old versions of Microsoft software.

Now, today, Fox News offers "White House Already Well Wired, Bush Staffers Say" (link):

Former Bush administration staffers disputed the tone of a Washington Post story published Thursday that described a tech-savvy Obama team moving into a building equipped with creaky computers, out-of-date software, no e-mail service and dead phone lines... Rather, the former staffers said, the White House has everything a modern corporate office would — Windows XP, BlackBerrys, Outlook e-mail, plenty of laptops and lots of flatscreen monitors and TVs.

It's a difficult choice about who to believe. Fox News has been pro-Bush, and this site hasn't been pro-Bush. On the other hand, the WaPo might as well as have been working for the Obama campaign, and Anne Kornblut is a complete hack. Decisions! I think I'll go with Fox in this case.

Other tags: obama transition

Fri, 01/23/2009 - 11:29 · Importance: 4

Fri, 01/23/2009 - 20:43
petty bourgeois

On almost any topic, somewhere between National People's Radio (NPR) and Fox News lies the truth. I think I will go with Fox this time simply because we know what lengths the WaPo will go to make Bush look bad, not that I like Bush either.

Fri, 01/23/2009 - 23:48
Scrapiron

"The [new-media] team members, accustomed to working on Macintoshes, found computers outfitted with six-year-old versions of Microsoft software." Can you say 'Elitest Aholes' now in the white house? They are like the wimp who got it kicked every day and finally became the shift leader at McDonalds. They'll think revenge is sweet until they gets their a** kicked again. I'm wondering how Chairman O managed to waste so much time on education and still be so stupid, or a spoiled brat.