Saturday, November 01, 2008

Forget Marx what about Stalin?

Journalists from three major newspapers The Washington Times, The New York Post and the Dallas Morning News have been booted from Barack Obama's campaign plane for the final leg of the presidential race. What links these publications together? They've all endorsed John McCain!

The Washington Times Executive Editor John Solomon has reported 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. 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."

"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, making a point that the Obama campaign's decision came just two days after the paper endorsed McCain.

Dallas Morning News Editor Bob Mong said that the "indication" from the Obama campaign was that they were kicked off the plane since they don't represent a national outlet and they don't represent a swing state. He also said said that the McCain campaign recently pulled Morning News staff off the Republican's plane when space became an issue but there was no question that they would be back on McCain's plane again this weekend.

Obama himself has also made a point of attacking Fox News almost daily, even to the point of mentioning them in one of the debates! I'm very disturbed by this aren't you?

Source: Fix News / The Washington Times / The New York Post / Dallas Morning News

4 comments:

constance said...

Now, now, colonel! Fox News themselves are on his plane!

Lt. Colonel Creedon said...

I never said anything to the contrary, only that he has some sort of personal vendetta against them.

Whatever about removing a news paper crew, Obama's not daft enough to remove a national news network.

sith master said...

On the subject of media bias/coverage, I have to laugh - once again - at the BBC.
Their logo is not US08, but USO8. Not the year 08 (zero eight), but O8 (the letter O and 8).
Whats that meant to be about!

constance said...

Creedon, the man can't manufacture extra space on his plane. It's not like it's a tardis!

I was watching Campbell Brown on the Daily Show. She was saying that you can cover the candidates just as well off the plane as on. AND she said that people get shuffled around - you may be off the plane for some stops, on it for others.

I don't know who will be breathing a bigger sigh of relief after the decision is made - the public, the candidates, or the Secret Service!

The USO is the United Service Organization - You know, Bob Hope entertaining the troops, etc? Maybe the BBC has temporarily gotten on board with that - to entertain us with the circus that will be election coverage. I can't wait!