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Iranian Protester Asks Obama Question At Press Conference... Through Huffpo Reporter Nico Pitney

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An Iranian protester, with the help of blogger/new media journalist Nico Pitney, literally gets to ask a question at a presidential press conference.

Apparently, this was coordinated in advance, with the cooperation of Huffingtonpost writer Nico Pitney and President Obama.

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At today's press conference, President Obama called on Nico Pitney who has been blogging and collecting twitter, facebook and other social networking sources about what is happening in Iran.

Obama asked Pitney if he had a question, or rather, he asked if he had a question from Iran. 

Obama said, 

"Nico, I know that you, and all across the internet, we've been seeing a lot of reports coming directly out of Iran. I know there may actually be questions from people IN Iran who are communicating through the internet. Do you have a question?"

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Pitney replied that he had a question that had been posed by an Iranian protester:

I wanted to use this opportunity to ask a question directly from an Iranian. We solicited questions last night from people who were still courageous enough to to be communicating online. And one of them wanted to ask you this:

"Under what conditions would you accept the election of Ahmadinejead, and if you do accept it without any significant change in the conditions there, isn't that a betrayal of the demonstrators there are working to (final word not decipherable with noise of cameras blocking it.)"

The questioner basically asked  Obama what it would take for him to accept and recognize the election of Ahmadinejead.

Pitney did not say whether the question was twittered or what.

There are several significant aspects of this occurrence. While not the first, time, Obama's taking questions from an internet only media site is significant. But the fact that Pitney used his opportunity to bring someone he was in communication with through the web, in another nation, is another major step towards making journalism more bottom up, more, more participatory. 

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Just imagine, a few years ago, telling any Iranian, anyone in that part of the world that he or she might get to ask the most powerful man in the world a question. Pitney's question broke new ground, stretching the envelope of what presidential journalistic coverage and international reporting are all about. 


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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project.

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