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Posts Tagged ‘Glen Johnson’

AP’s Glen Johnson Tries To Get Reporters In Line: “We are here to observe and report, not impede.”

Looks like those dilly-dallying reporters following the McCain campaign are, well, a bit slow. So AP’s Glen Johnson issued a long note to reporters, reminding them of their “Campaign Trail Responsibilities.”

    When it’s time to move, please be ready to move. Obviously, there’s always missed alarms and other vagaries of the road, but, again, multiplied across an ever-expanding press corps, tardiness puts the campaign — and you — in the uncomfortable position of leaving someone behind. Nobody wants that, so using multiple alarms, settling up your hotel or dinner bill before the scheduled departure time and not straying too far from the file with nobody knowing your whereabouts will alleviate a lot of stress between the parties. One thing you may not know: the Secret Service press agents always get a radio call from their detail leader before a departure asking if the press corps is ready to go; it reflects better on them — and us — if the answer is always, “Yes.”.

We’ve obtained the full — and fulfilling memo — and it’s after the jump…

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Did You Make Obama’s Cut?

There are so many journalists eager to join Sen. Barack Obama on his European trip that the campaign simply can’t accommodate all of them on the plane.

Lynn Sweet blogged a few days back:

The Obama campaign plane, a 757, will have only about 40 journalists on the manifest. More reporters wanted to travel with the Obama campaign; some have been told not to pack their bags, one notified to be on standby. I’m told hundreds of news outlets were interested in making the trip with Obama, very popular in Europe. There are fewer seats available for reporters than usual because the campaign is taking on more staff than routinely flies with Obama. Secret Service agents also travel on the campaign plane.

Two U.S. based reporters for foreign newspapers who I talked to today said they were told no foreign journalists–even from the countries Obama is visiting–will be on the plane.

We hear that there are some upset journos, because some regular reporters have been kicked off the plane for this trip, with the campaign citing space reasons. The Washington Times wasn’t given a seat. Neither was The New Yorker (pissed about the recent cover?). Or the Sunday Times of London. Of course, space is especially tight because of all the superstar reporters interested in this trip.

As a result, some reporters are doing portions of the trip on their own, not in the campaign bubble.

Among the outlets on the plane: ABC, New York Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg, AP, USA Today, Fox News, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, McClatchy, Sun-Times, Politico, Time, Newsweek (and various network embeds).

Who you might see on the plane: Candy Crowley, Jake Tapper, Major Garrett, Karen Tumulty, Margaret Talev, Jeff Zeleny, Lynn Sweet, Mike Dorning, Dan Balz, Caren Bohan, Julianna Goldman, Carrie Budoff Brown, Richard Wolffe, Sunlen Miller, Don Gonyea, Chris Welch, Maria Govrolic, Bonney Kapp, Athena Jones, David Espo, Lee Cowan, Mark Hudspeth, David Wright, Glen Johnson.

Playbook says that over 200 requests were made by reporters to the campaign.

In a Washington Post op-ed Sunday, Der Tagesspiegel D.C. bureau chief Christoph von Marschall says “he has almost completely refused to answer questions from foreign journalists. When the press plane leaves tonight for his trip, there will be, as far as I know, no foreign media aboard. The Obama campaign has refused multiple requests from international reporters to travel with the candidate.”

On the trip, Carrie Budoff Brown talks about the new dress code issue by the Obama campaign.

Newsweek’s Holly Bailey also looks at media coverage of Obama/McCain trips abroad.

Rachel Sklar: “Anchors Away! (On Obama’s Overseas Adventure)

AP’s David Bauder asks: “Is media playing fair in campaign coverage?”

After the jump, the first pool report from the trip (from Chicago Tribune’s John McCormick)…

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