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White House Correspondent Mark Knoller just alerted us to this little bit of history. Adjust your ring tones accordingly.



When during his daily briefing, spokesman Tony Snow heard a reporter's cell phone go off, he listened for a moment and then chided the reporter, Martha Raddatz of ABC News.

"Does Martha have a hip-hop ringtone?," he asked in mock disbelief.

"What's wrong with that?," one reporter shouted back.

"Doesn't everyone?," said another.

As reporters laughed at the embarassment of the straight-laced Raddatz, Snow offered a tacit endorsement of the ringtone selection.

"Play that funky music, white girl!" said Snow.

Never before have those words been uttered by a White House Press Secretary at an on-the-record, on-camera daily briefing.

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