Dana Perino: E-mail Changed the Way News is Gathered

When she started in politics 97 percent of inquiries came in by phone.

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

The Internet hasn't just changed how the news is delivered. It has also changed how it's collected. Former White House press secretary Dana Perino says that when she got into the business, some 97 percent of all queries came in a phone call. "Now, that's flipped," she says. And while that has cut down on misquotes, it's put a damper on personal relationships between reporters and sources. "There's something about interaction," she says. Consider the numbers. After cleaning out her E-mail inbox one weekend in her last month, she found 2,071 new E-mails waiting for her the following Monday, mostly from reporters. "E-mails are a blessing and a curse."

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