Monday, June 9, 2008

OBAMA GETS IN TROUBLE WITH THE PRESS CORPS

RICHARD PRINCE, JOURNAL-ISMS The five television network Washington bureau chiefs and the Washington bureau chief of the Associated Press have protested to Sen. Barack Obama's campaign after it tricked the press corps in order for Obama to meet secretly with Sen. Hillary Clinton in Washington Thursday night.

Fox News' Chris Wallace told Fox viewers on Saturday about the letter of protest, and another source told Journal-isms that it had been signed by the network bureau chiefs and the AP.

"What seemed to be a routine evening waiting for Barack Obama aboard his campaign plane turned into anything but when the cabin doors closed and the passengers were informed the aircraft would be taking off immediately - without the candidate," Chris Welch reported for CNN on Friday night.

As Wallace and viewers were waiting Saturday for Clinton to arrive at Washington's National Building Museum to deliver her concession speech, Wallace explained that the Obama team violated the protocol of always having a press representative near the candidate, as one is with the president.

He said the campaign responded to the letter and there will be "further discussions."

"The press soon noticed there were far too few people aboard for a standard campaign flight. Something was different. It's fair to say that the term 'everyone' was used a bit loosely - especially when the presumptive nominee appeared to be missing.

"As the plane taxied, communications director Robert Gibbs admitted that Obama was remaining behind because he 'wasn't going to be back in D.C. for a while' and had 'scheduled some meetings' before he left.

"Obama staffers, including Gibbs and Linda Douglass, a newly appointed senior adviser and campaign spokeswoman, didn't ask the reporters on board if they'd prefer to wait on the runway in Washington until the meetings concluded. They were going to Chicago. Without Barack Obama.". . .

2 Comments:

At June 9, 2008 7:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Obama campaign needs to get used to a recalcitrant press core which has become stiff from being on its knees before the Bush Administration.

 
At June 10, 2008 5:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Press Corps is pulling a fast one by using this as a smokescreen in order to not report on Obama going to the Bilderberg Group.

 

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