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Increasingly, Bush escapes the media pack
msnbc - washington post ^ | Aug 12, 2006 | Peter Baker

Posted on 08/12/2006 10:59:32 AM PDT by Mo1

GREEN BAY, Wis. - On one of the scariest days yet in the five-year battle with terrorists, President Bush prepared to make a speech to reassure the American people. But the White House press corps was 1,000 miles away in Texas.

Bush had left his ranch vacation and jetted north for a scheduled closed-door fundraiser. No press plane accompanied him. And so when news broke that Britain had broken up a major terrorist plot, the only ones there to convey the president's reaction were a handful of local reporters and a few pool journalists who ride in the back of Air Force One.

The idea that Bush could travel across the country without a full contingent of reporters, especially in the middle of a war, highlights a major cultural shift in the presidency and the news media. In the four decades since the assassination of John F. Kennedy, presidents traditionally have taken journalists with them wherever they traveled on the theory that when it comes to the most powerful leader on the planet, anything can happen at any time.

Striking out alone
But increasingly in recent months, Bush has left town without a chartered press plane, often to receptions where he talks to donors chipping in hundreds of thousands of dollars with no cameras or tapes to record his words for the public. Barred from such events, most news organizations will not pay to travel with him. And so a White House policy inclined to secrecy has combined with escalating costs for the strapped news media to let Bush fly under the radar in a way his predecessors could not.

"A lot of it is a reflection of the times," said C-SPAN's Steve Scully, president of the White House Correspondents' Association. "The whole thing is changing."

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bush; globalwhining; president; presscorps; term2; wot
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1 posted on 08/12/2006 10:59:32 AM PDT by Mo1
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To: Mo1
Awwwww...what a shame for the MSM.
2 posted on 08/12/2006 11:01:51 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet-pray for Israel))
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To: Mo1
Barred from such events, most news organizations will not pay to travel with him.

Isn't this, you know... kind of the key sentence?

3 posted on 08/12/2006 11:02:14 AM PDT by Steely Tom
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To: Mo1

What a whiney, spoiled little bastard. He's just upset bacause the President doesn't cater to his every whim. I'd leave without him, too.


4 posted on 08/12/2006 11:02:45 AM PDT by 3AngelaD
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To: SE Mom

it's all about them


5 posted on 08/12/2006 11:03:24 AM PDT by Mo1 (Bolton- "No one has explained how you negotiate a ceasefire with terrorists")
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To: Mo1

let the press pay for their own tickets, spoiled brats


6 posted on 08/12/2006 11:03:36 AM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestu s globus, inflammare animos)
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To: Mo1

They can't stand it that he doesn't kiss the a** every minute of the day. He isn't the first President to do this and hopefully he won't be the last. I don't remember anything in the constitution that requires the President to have any reporters tagging along after him where ever he goes!


7 posted on 08/12/2006 11:03:42 AM PDT by calex59 (The '86 amnesty put us in the toilet, now the senate wants to flush it!)
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To: Mo1

These press guys have an inflated opinion of themselves. It's not shared by the rest of us.


8 posted on 08/12/2006 11:04:01 AM PDT by Sam Cree (Don't mix alcopops and ufo's)
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To: Mo1

What a bunch of media cry-babies. I'm surprised David Gregory is not identified as either a co-author or contributor to this story.


9 posted on 08/12/2006 11:04:03 AM PDT by Laverne
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To: Mo1
White House spokesman Tony Snow said there is nothing insidious about closing fundraisers in private homes and noted that news organizations choose whether to pay for a plane follow the president. "It's really all about money," he said. "It used to be that media organizations had more dough."

10 posted on 08/12/2006 11:04:10 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Mo1

Why bother talking to brain dead morons who never bother to accurately report what he says? The President has better thing to do then waste time on the vastly over inflated egos and less then room temperature intellects that people the Washington Press corp. Hey Junk Media, try being "Journalists" again and not Democrat Party PR flacks with your arrogant bombastic pronouncements pretending to be "Questions" and we will talk, otherwise, don't waste our time with your hysterics self important posturing


11 posted on 08/12/2006 11:05:13 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (History shows us that if you are not willing to fight, you better be prepared to die)
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To: Mo1


HAR! I love it.


12 posted on 08/12/2006 11:05:41 AM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- "if" only 10% are radical, that's 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: Mo1

Smart move... ;o) MSM are nothing more than whores for the left....why should taxpayers pay for them to fly around with the President anyway...let their news organization foot the bills.....


13 posted on 08/12/2006 11:06:00 AM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Mo1
I've also noticed that without Scott McClellan to beat up on, the daily Press briefings have all but disappeared from the headlines and TV.

I credit Tony Snow 100%.

14 posted on 08/12/2006 11:07:50 AM PDT by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: calex59

Clinton totally ignored them during the impeachment era but they didn't seem to mind that too much.


15 posted on 08/12/2006 11:08:12 AM PDT by BonnieJ
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To: DTogo

*L* .. I've noticed that too .. Tony nails the press all the time


16 posted on 08/12/2006 11:08:46 AM PDT by Mo1 (Bolton- "No one has explained how you negotiate a ceasefire with terrorists")
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To: Mo1

The world needs the MSM like a fish needs Gloria Steinem on a bicycle.


17 posted on 08/12/2006 11:08:58 AM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: Mo1

18 posted on 08/12/2006 11:10:00 AM PDT by Nick Danger (www.redeploymurtha.com)
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To: Mo1
Whiny idiots.


19 posted on 08/12/2006 11:10:15 AM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: Mo1
Fewer reporters, they say, means fewer questions and fewer versions of what happens

As reporters they are supposed to report the story that the Press Secretary relates to them, there should not be different versions. There seem to be many commentators that will give the different versions, whether true or not.

20 posted on 08/12/2006 11:11:29 AM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: Mo1
I WANT to see Tony whoop MSM tail everyday but I can never find it live on TV. I don't get C-Span3 (who does?).

:(

21 posted on 08/12/2006 11:12:04 AM PDT by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: Mo1

It is about time the MSM got treated like exactly what they are. And they are STILL treated way too well, for as anti-American, anti-Bush, anti-EVERYTHING that they are.


22 posted on 08/12/2006 11:12:21 AM PDT by EagleUSA (T)
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To: Mo1
"But the White House press corps was 1,000 miles away in Texas."

Where it's really, really hot, and their makeup is running, and they have to look at Cindy Sheehan and her gang of moonbats.

*laughing*

23 posted on 08/12/2006 11:14:13 AM PDT by Theresawithanh (Veni, vidi, velcro - I came, I saw, I stuck around...)
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To: Mo1

Notice the slam on "Local" news teams.

The local people just don't know how to put the right spin on breaking news. They are just too far away from the DNC faxed talking points.


24 posted on 08/12/2006 11:15:07 AM PDT by PeteB570 (Guns, what real men want for Christmas)
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To: Steely Tom
Barred from such events, most news organizations will not pay to travel with him.

Isn't this, you know... kind of the key sentence?

They're too cheap to fly along on their dime so the President of the United States, the leader of the free world, should stay where they are to make it easy for them?

I think they know where that notion should be stored.  Then again, maybe they don't.

Dinosaur media, indeed. 

25 posted on 08/12/2006 11:16:27 AM PDT by Phsstpok (Often wrong, but never in doubt)
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To: Mo1
"Barred from such events, most news organizations will not pay to travel with him"

Question is why do tax payers normally pay for these drive-by media vermin to travel with the President, in Air Force One, in the first place at all?
As far as I am concerned, White House Press Corps are worse then useless.
They are actually work to actively support our terrorist enemies.
26 posted on 08/12/2006 11:16:51 AM PDT by Jameison
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To: Steely Tom
Maybe... but I think “escapes” is the key word... and it's in the headline. They 'stink-up' the truth straight from the git'go.
27 posted on 08/12/2006 11:18:52 AM PDT by johnny7 (“And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda... what's Fonzie like?!”)
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To: Paleo Conservative

"It's really all about money," he said. "It used to be that media organizations had more dough."


LOL!


28 posted on 08/12/2006 11:21:31 AM PDT by Jameison
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To: Mo1

What is the RAT media crying about? They know where President Bush is going, if they choose not to go there, and miss a major story, that's totally their fault. Talk about BDS.


29 posted on 08/12/2006 11:22:31 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Mo1
The idea that Bush could travel across the country without a full contingent of reporters, especially in the middle of a war, highlights a major cultural shift in the presidency and the news media.

If a tree falls in the forest and the MSM doesn't report it ... guess what, you media a-holes? IT STILL FRIGGIN' FELL! QUIT PRETENDING NOTHING HAPPENS IF YOU AIN'T THERE!

30 posted on 08/12/2006 11:22:47 AM PDT by dirtboy (Why does Israel take border security seriously but we do not, when Islamists wish us both harm?)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Can you make the font a little bigger?


31 posted on 08/12/2006 11:22:51 AM PDT by Cobra64 (All we get are lame ideas from Republicans and lame criticism from dems about those lame ideas.)
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To: DTogo
Agreed, Tony is a smart guy and knows how to handle the jackals a/k/a WH Press Corps. I just couldn't help feeling sorry for Scott McClellan, he always looked like a deer in the headlights.
32 posted on 08/12/2006 11:23:18 AM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (NY Slimes the paper of record for OBL!)
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To: dirtboy

Just like the Cheney hunting accident, when Cheney dared to tell the local media instead of the Beltway elitists.


33 posted on 08/12/2006 11:25:05 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (404 Page Error Found)
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To: Mo1
"No press plane accompanied him. And so when news broke that Britain had broken up a major terrorist plot, the only ones there to convey the president's reaction were a handful of local reporters "

Good.
I'd take local reporters over the rabid White House Press Corps any day.
34 posted on 08/12/2006 11:26:57 AM PDT by Jameison
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To: Mo1

Yep! Bush's fault that reporters aks stoopid questions and can't buy their ticket because all the MSM money went to Dan RATher. But they can trail Cindy and follow white Bronco.


35 posted on 08/12/2006 11:27:02 AM PDT by Leo Carpathian (ffffFReeeePeee!)
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To: Mo1

Yep! Bush's fault that reporters aks stoopid questions and can't buy their ticket because all the MSM money went to Dan RATher. But they can trail Cindy and follow white Bronco.


36 posted on 08/12/2006 11:28:07 AM PDT by Leo Carpathian (ffffFReeeePeee!)
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

Scott was out of his league. Now the WH Press Corps is out of theirs! :)


37 posted on 08/12/2006 11:28:46 AM PDT by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: Mo1
Works for me. I would try to figure out a way to ditch the pool in AF1 too . Grab a local, and take them for a ride. They would be thrilled and I doubt they would be complaining about news channels to watch. That reporter in Corpus Christi(?) did an excellent coverage of the VPs hunting trip IMO.
38 posted on 08/12/2006 11:28:51 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: Mo1

Well boo freaking hoo. Give the world a break, STHU.


39 posted on 08/12/2006 11:29:41 AM PDT by Chuck54 (Let me repeat, "Your right to privacy is not as important as my right to live".)
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To: Mo1

So? When has the press reported anything worthwhile?


40 posted on 08/12/2006 11:30:16 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: DTogo
I've also noticed that without Scott McClellan to beat up on, the daily Press briefings have all but disappeared from the headlines and TV.

I've noticed that too.

Snow should have gotten the job when Fleischer stepped down.

41 posted on 08/12/2006 11:30:47 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (404 Page Error Found)
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To: Cobra64

How big do you want it?


42 posted on 08/12/2006 11:30:53 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Mo1
Bush had left his ranch vacation and jetted north for a scheduled closed-door fundraiser.

Fundraisers, peace talks, coordinating with Blair about terrorism, holding meetings with Condi, teleconferences...

Some vacation!!

43 posted on 08/12/2006 11:31:22 AM PDT by airborne (Fecal matter is en route to fan! Contact is imminent!)
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Re: The idea that Bush could travel across the country without a full contingent of reporters, especially in the middle of a war, highlights a major cultural shift in the presidency and the news media.

Uuuuuhh please . . what a bunch of BS.

44 posted on 08/12/2006 11:33:31 AM PDT by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans. We Vote.)
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Re: The idea that Bush could travel across the country without a full contingent of reporters, especially in the middle of a war, highlights a major cultural shift in the presidency and the news media.

Uuuuuhh please . . what a bunch of BS.

45 posted on 08/12/2006 11:34:11 AM PDT by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans. We Vote.)
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To: Mo1

Yeah, unlike B.J. Clinton who basked in all the press' adoration and wouldn't separate himself from cameras - just like a rock star.


46 posted on 08/12/2006 11:35:49 AM PDT by Humidston (Congress is like the Mafia - NO PAY, NO PLAY.)
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To: Mo1
""He is the president. He is traveling at government expense. . . . We should be in there to hear what he has to say."


Nope.
White House Press Corps is not mentioned in any Constitution that I know of.
The drive-by's as usual, are full of puffery and an overinflated sense of their own importance
47 posted on 08/12/2006 11:38:02 AM PDT by Jameison
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To: Mo1
Maybe he does not want the MSM knowing where he will be for security reasons.It would not do anything for his safety if his whereabouts keeps appearing on the front page of the newspapers.He does not like bulls eyes on his back.
48 posted on 08/12/2006 11:40:40 AM PDT by xarmydog
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To: Mo1
with escalating costs for the strapped news media

Let's see. CBS just got Katie Couric for $15 million a year. If she does 200 broadcasts, that means she's getting $75,000 per half hour CBS newscast. Finding the salaries of other top anchors is difficult, but the "star" system might be a reason the news media is strapped for cash.

Tom Brady makes $15 million, but he HAS won three Super Bowls. BTW, talk about a bargain, Brady made $315,000 the year he took the Patriots to their first winning Super Bowl.

49 posted on 08/12/2006 11:40:43 AM PDT by Richard Kimball (The most important thing is sincerity. Once you can fake that, everything else is easy.)
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To: calex59
I don't remember anything in the constitution that requires the President to have any reporters tagging along after him where ever he goes!

The President is required by law to address the representatives of the people in the person of the House and the Senate from time to time on the State of the Union.

Strangely enough the media was not included in Article two section three.

Other then this he is not required Constitutionally to say a word to anyone.

50 posted on 08/12/2006 11:40:50 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow, real poverty)
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