Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Just Desserts

The press corps discovers just how highly Obama values them.

The best-funded political campaign in American history says news organizations will have to pay—in some cases almost $2,000 each—if they want to cover Barack Obama’s election-night celebration in Chicago.

The only free admissions are for a “general media” area. But, the memo says, “Please note that the general media area is outdoors, unassigned and may have obstructed views . . . standing room only.”

The area also does not include access to top Obama campaign officials, whose statements likely are to be in hot demand on Election Night. They apparently will be available only in the “press file” tent, to which an additional admission fee of $935 per person is being imposed.

I can just imagine the howls of outrage if the McCain campaign informed the media that they would have to pay top dollar to cover his election night- and add extra for the privilege of actually speaking to a campaign official.

Do you wonder if there's even the faintest inkling among the press that they might have backed the wrong horse in this race? Are any of them having second thoughts about not vetting Obama way back when in the primaries?

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