Obama kicks dissenting reporters off plane

posted at 10:25 am on October 31, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Remember the outrage when John McCain’s campaign kicked Maureen Dowd off of his airplane in Pennsylvania?  I wonder whether the same defenders of Truth and Journalism will bother to squeak up now that Barack Obama has cleared his own plane of dissenters.  Reporters from the New York Post, Washington Times, and Dallas Morning News have been declared persona non grata after their editors endorsed McCain:

The Obama campaign has decided to heave out three newspapers from its plane for the final days of its blitz across battleground states — and all three endorsed Sen. John McCain for president!

The NY POST, WASHINGTON TIMES and DALLAS MORNING NEWS have all been told to move out by Sunday to make room for network bigwigs — and possibly for the inclusion of reporters from two black magazines, ESSENCE and JET, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. …

Some told the DRUDGE REPORT that the reporters are being ousted to bring on documentary film-makers to record the final days; others expect to see on board more sympathetic members of the media, including the NY TIMES’ Maureen Dowd, who once complained that she was barred from McCain’s Straight Talk Express airplane.

This seems like a strange time to upset the applecart.  Why not do this a month ago?  Anyone could have predicted that the Post and the Times would endorse McCain, and the Morning News was not much of a surprise, either.

Had they acted a few weeks ago, they could have made it look like Team Obama wanted to give secondary media outlets a chance.  Now it just looks like vindictiveness, and perhaps even worse.  Obama and his supporters have gotten vicious with reporters who ask questions and do research that put Obama in a bad light, and this adds to the general pattern we’ve seen since the primaries.

It also looks a little self-indulgent.  Obama’s clearing room on the plane for — what?  Documentarians who will produce hagiographies about his historic importance.  That fits into another pattern we’ve seen for months, one marked with fake presidential seals, The Barackopolis, and infomercials.  In the coming Age of Obama, only the worshipers will get front-row seats to history.


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Reporters from the New York Post, Washington Times, and Dallas Morning News have been declared persona non grata after their editors endorsed McCain…

Personae non gratae…

Tzetzes on October 31, 2008 at 4:39 PM

Obama kicks dissenting reporters off plane

And after the idiots elect him President, he won’t bother to land before he kicks any dissenters off the plane.

And his wife Winnie... um, Michelle has purchased a used tire dump to provide half the necessary ingredients to give a nice necklace to any dissenters she gets her hands on.

Hyperbole?
A few months ago, I would have agreed.
Now; I’m not so sure.

LegendHasIt on October 31, 2008 at 4:46 PM

apacalyps on October 31, 2008 at 4:32 PM

Boo-frickin-hoo. Tear a few pages from the Book of Revelation and wipe your eyes.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 4:46 PM

Any reason why the three newspapers couldn’t together charter a plane for their reporters for three days? – jim m on October 31, 2008 at 3:19 PM

None I’m aware of. But that’s not the point – and you know it. Unless you really are that obtuse.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 4:47 PM

Personae non gratae…

Tzetzes on October 31, 2008 at 4:39 PM

Persona non grata…singular
personae non gratae…plural

Then each of them are personal no grata…as a group they are perosnae non gratae…which is why people who would rather quibble over such things on a blog are so very petty.
Save your language corrections for your term paper…

right2bright on October 31, 2008 at 4:48 PM

My point is that there is an alternative and the three newspapers are whining a bit.

jim m on October 31, 2008 at 4:50 PM

My point is that there is an alternative and the three newspapers are whining a bit. – jim m on October 31, 2008 at 4:50 PM

Your point is a pointless non sequitur.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 4:57 PM

I really miss Tony Snow, and even Tim Russert,
but perhaps the Lord merely spared them witnessing this cr*p.
Obviously, Helen Thomas deserves no such mercy.

pambi on October 31, 2008 at 5:00 PM

My point is that there is an alternative and the three newspapers are whining a bit. – jim m on October 31, 2008 at 4:50 PM

Your point is always masked, you are about as straightforward as Obama’s; $250,000–$200,000–$150,000, and now $125,000.

right2bright on October 31, 2008 at 5:03 PM

This seems to have gone unnoticed on CNN.com. I wonder why?

Blaise on October 31, 2008 at 5:15 PM

We know that Obama thinks China is better than us.

So purging any dissent is one thing China does well also

Kini on October 31, 2008 at 5:17 PM

Yeah, Kini, it’s a short, slippery slope to complete control of all media by government once you start telling three reporters to take another plane. (Sarcasm off)

jim m on October 31, 2008 at 5:49 PM

From the link to the Dallas paper:

“But we don’t have evidence that the newspaper’s endorsement of Sen. McCain had any bearing on the campaign’s decision to boot us from the plane. No one from the campaign ever mentioned it to Todd. (And for the record, he as a reporter, and I as the editor in charge of political coverage, had absolutely no input or knowledge of the endorsement. That’s handled by a different department on a different floor. I didn’t even know about the editorial board’s choice until I read it in the paper a couple of Sundays ago.)

We think the Obama campaign’s decision is to some degree more a function of limited seats, and while we’re a large regional newspaper, we’re not national and we’re not in a swing state. We’ve been on the road with them at key moments, but we’ve not been along for the entire ride, like, say, The New York Times and The Associated Press.

For what it’s worth, we’ve had the same trouble with the McCain campaign. One of our reporters dropped off earlier this week when space became an issue, and we’re only getting back on with McCain tomorrow for the final weekend because they, unlike the Obama campaign, are adding a second plane.

jim m on October 31, 2008 at 5:59 PM

The man is a brat.

Terrye on October 31, 2008 at 6:06 PM

Didn’t some reporters say that O-force One smelled?

I predict many more editorials endorsing McCain so people can get off the smelly flight.

JadeNYU on October 31, 2008 at 6:20 PM

How many deputy AG’s do you think he’d fire?

Will the media and congress care?

Speakup on October 31, 2008 at 6:22 PM

Boo-frickin-hoo. Tear a few pages from the Book of Revelation and wipe your eyes.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 4:46 PM

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:15

apacalyps on October 31, 2008 at 6:39 PM

Obama’s gonna be kicked off the plane next Wednesday.

profitsbeard on October 31, 2008 at 6:42 PM

Betcha John McCain and Sarah Palin are wishing that people were fighting for seats on their airplanes.

Len on October 31, 2008 at 6:43 PM

jim m on October 31, 2008 at 5:59 PM

Apparently there were not enough seats for the three newspapers that endoresed McCain. What a coincidence.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 6:54 PM

Now “The One” is raffling off chances to be with him on election night.

The guy is a whore.

Bicyea on October 31, 2008 at 7:16 PM

Now “The One” is raffling off chances to be with him on election night. The guy is a whore. – Bicyea on October 31, 2008 at 7:16 PM

At least the winner will enjoy Secret Service protection when the savages start rioting.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 7:31 PM

jim m on October 31, 2008 at 5:49 PM

It might not be so bad for those reporters after all.

I hear the plane smells. Da Plane, boss, da plane!

Kini on October 31, 2008 at 7:33 PM

Betcha John McCain and Sarah Palin are wishing that people were fighting for seats on their airplanes. – Len on October 31, 2008 at 6:43 PM

Those same folks will be killing each other for those seats after McCain is elected on Nov 4.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 7:33 PM

uh ohhhh

Somebody call the WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMBULANCE!

ernesto on October 31, 2008 at 7:44 PM

hmm he must not have it in the bag after all huh?

heh heh.

johnnyU on October 31, 2008 at 8:24 PM

I think if Obama wins, it’s worth a haiography like McCain has gotten and deserved.
Our job is to make sure McCain and Palin get the proper fawning and gaga response for 4 more years.

HotAirJosef on October 31, 2008 at 8:27 PM

It’s just a matter of hubris at this point.

He’s learned by observation from his supporters:

http://www.thepeoplescube.com/red/viewtopic.php?t=2518

(TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE…)

Lockstein13 on October 31, 2008 at 8:39 PM

A sign of things to come if elected. Kiss Obama’s feet or be cut off….

Hog Wild on October 31, 2008 at 9:01 PM

As a liar himself it seems Obama is more at home with the Pinocchio Press than with journalists.

{^_^}

herself on October 31, 2008 at 9:04 PM

Shades of Nazi Germany. Dissent will not be tolerated.

docdave on October 31, 2008 at 9:11 PM

Obama is radical. And, of course, Obama is immature.

Don’t take it from me, read on:

Sources: Sarkozy views Obama stance on Iran as ‘utterly immature’

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is very critical of U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama’s positions on Iran, according to reports that have reached Israel’s government.

Sarkozy has made his criticisms only in closed forums in France. But according to a senior Israeli government source, the reports reaching Israel indicate that Sarkozy views the Democratic candidate’s stance on Iran as “utterly immature” and comprised of “formulations empty of all content.”

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1031943.html

2008. The year The One (Barack Obama) … Lost.

AdrianS on October 31, 2008 at 9:49 PM

This was a mistake by Obama. A more mature man could have waited 4 days before throwing a thin-skinned control freak hissy fit.

However, a think skinned control freak couldn’t, I guess.

Christoph on October 31, 2008 at 10:26 PM

Apparently there were not enough seats for the three newspapers that endoresed McCain. What a coincidence.
ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 6:54 PM

Levin had the publisher of the WaTimes on his show today. According to him, the three REAL newspapers that got kicked off, were replaced by “reporters” from Glamor, Essence and Ebony magazines.

I kid you not.

LegendHasIt on October 31, 2008 at 11:30 PM

LegendHasIt on October 31, 2008 at 11:30 PM

I believe it. It’s a good thing this asshole is going down on Nov 4.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 11:36 PM

Aww, man,, RealClearPolitics isn’t putting up the Zogby poll!!! They don’t have any Zodgy polls up!
I wanted some red in that sea of blue!! That is not right!!
I wanted to see some red!!!

JellyToast on October 31, 2008 at 11:51 PM

I wanted to see some red!!! – JellyToast on October 31, 2008 at 11:51 PM

There will be plenty of red on November 4. Patience, young Jedi, patience.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 11:53 PM

Levin had the publisher of the WaTimes on his show today. According to him, the three REAL newspapers that got kicked off, were replaced by “reporters” from Glamor, Essence and Ebony magazines.

O’Reilly pointed out that those are monthlies too… it makes no practical sense to kick out dailies for monthlies 4 days before the end of the campaign.

Obama’s thin-skinned megalomania is causing him to act stupidly. Again.

Christoph on November 1, 2008 at 1:31 AM

In the coming Age of Obama, only the worshipers will get front-row seats to history.

I disagree. With the Age of Obama, we will all get front row seats to history, it’s just a matter of whether we will have a nice padded seat or a nice padded cell.

RickZ on November 1, 2008 at 4:53 AM

Yep, seen this before

Obama

Lenin

jawbone on November 1, 2008 at 8:00 PM

It has been reported the an insider in the Obama’s campaign has stated “We owe the LAT, big time”.
Apparently they (Obama’s insiders) know what is on that tape, and will reward the LAT for their “discretion”.

right2bright on November 2, 2008 at 10:19 AM

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