Obama seeking more O campaign-friendly reporters for the final stretch?

Posted by: ST on October 31, 2008 at 10:34 am

This is an intriguing report (via Memeo):

Journalists from three major newspapers that endorsed John McCain have reportedly been booted from Barack Obama’s campaign plane for the final leg of the presidential race.

The Washington Times reported Friday that it was notified of the Obama campaign’s decision Thursday evening — even though the paper has covered Obama from the start.

Executive Editor John Solomon told FOXNews.com that the Obama campaign said it didn’t have enough seats on the plane, but “I don’t think the explanation makes sense to us.”

“We’ve been traveling since 2007 with him. … We’re a relevant newspaper — every day we break news,” Solomon said. “And to suddenly be kicked off the plane for people who haven’t covered it as aggressively or thoroughly as we are … it sort of feels unfair.”

He said the newspaper protested but was turned down again by the campaign.

“I can only hope that the candidate who describes himself as wanting to unite the nation doesn’t have some sort of litmus test for who he decides gets to cover the campaign,” Solomon said, noting that the Obama campaign’s decision came just two days after the paper endorsed McCain.

The New York Post and Dallas Morning News also have been kicked off Obama’s plane, according to the Web site The Drudge Report. It said the three reporters were told to find alternative transportation by Sunday so that the plane could accommodate “network bigwigs” and reporters from two black magazines, Essence and Jet.

There have been no official confirmations from either the Dallas Morning News or the NYPost, but according to Media Bistro, the NYPost has said it will not be doing a write-up about this, so that sounds like a confirmation to me.

From making reporters pay for good access to their campaign on election night, to cutting one news station completely off after an ‘uncomfortable interview,’ to this. A sign of things to come under a (potential) Obama admin?

Let’s not forget that the Bush administration was routinely accused by critics of only wanting “admin-friendly reporters” to do interviews with, “outraging” The Usual Suspects. Will we see the same level of condemnation from that same crowd now – and on down the line if Obama and Biden are elected? Don’t hold your breath.

Ed Morrissey makes a great point (emphasis added by him):

It also looks a little self-indulgent. Obama’s clearing room on the plane for — what? Documentarians who will produce hagiographies about his historic importance. That fits into another pattern we’ve seen for months, one marked with fake presidential seals, The Barackopolis, and infomercials. In the coming Age of Obama, only the worshipers will get front-row seats to history.


Update: Obama spox Bill Burton has confirmed the news here.


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6 Responses to “Obama seeking more O campaign-friendly reporters for the final stretch?”


  1. Great White Rat says:

    Just one more way of showing how he can “reach across the aisle”. :-w

    Want to know how White House press credentials will be handled in an Obama administration? You’re seeing it. The message is clear to every publisher and network news organization: either join the celestial choir and sing the praises of Farrakhan’s Messiah, or you will be exiled. No questions allowed that haven’t been previously screened and placed on the teleprompter.

    And by the way, once you’re exiled, then we’ll look into your tax returns verrrrrry closely, like we did with the impudent plumber who thought that in America you could still ask a politician a question.

  2. arcman says:

    And, So it begins. . . . . .

  3. Lorica says:

    “I can only hope that the candidate who describes himself as wanting to unite the nation doesn’t have some sort of litmus test for who he decides gets to cover the campaign”

    HAHAHAHA!!! Hellooooooo this is the litmus test for how he is going to “unify”. If you don’t agree with him, you get tossed off the plane. You see this ego in action when he was tossing his “mentor” off the bus, or his Grandmother, or his favorite fluffy bunny slippers. The only person he hasn’t tossed off the bus his terrorist buddy Ayers. Whom he just makes excuses for. Thank God in 4 days this guy will be toast. Then his buddies in the news media are going to go after him like school of pirhana. Hopefully he will never be re-elected again. – Lorica

  4. ew says:

    I have mixed feelings. It would be one thing if these reporters or new papers were totally bad mouthing Obama but just for endorsing the other candidate? That seems weak to me. But at the same time this is the last straw and I would want people around me and my campaign who are potentially looking for anything little thing to incriminate me and publish in their paper for world to see and to help out McCain. The liberal illuminati so a lot of things that are stupid but I am not sure this is one of them. If you look at it right, it could make a little bit of sense, maybe.

  5. Lorica says:

    More liberal lunacy. These people are certifiable.

    “If Obama loses it will spark the second American Civil War. Blood will run in the streets, believe me. And it’s not a coincidence that President Bush recalled soldiers from Iraq for Dick Cheney to lead against American citizens in the streets.”

    “Bush has transformed America into a police state, from torture to the imprisonment of reporters, to the Patriot Act.”


    This is from the writer Erica Jong. Thank God I have never read any of her deluded drival. – Lorica

  6. Lorica says:

    So basically if you aren’t part of the state news media a.k.a. Pravda, you get bounced out of the plane. But this man still wants us to believe he isn’t a socialist/commie. =)) Too rich. – Lorica