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Neither Mr. Gibbs nor Mr. Pfeiffer rejected the word “disdain” when asked whether that was how they felt about most media coverage.

“I think you could say it’s, uh, White House-wide,” Mr. Pfeiffer said.

“Because the media has become so fast that it’s feeding on itself, and you can easily get drawn into overreacting to short-term news cycles … the key is to sort of surf the wave but keep your eye on the long ball.”