McCain Didn’t Want The Press On His Recent Overseas Trip

Posted by | July 24, 2008 18:40 | Filed under: Top Stories

h/t Think Progress

Although the right-wing is complaining about press coverage given Obama on his current trip, whining that McCain never got this kind of coverage, it turns out McCain didn’t want it.  Holly Bailey at Newsweek explains the difference:

In what could be interpreted now as a possible strategic misstep, the McCain campaign chose not to take reporters along for the ride, forcing media outlets who wanted to cover the newly elected GOP nominee to travel on their own without any guarantee of getting anywhere near the senator. The small group of scribes who made the trek (Newsweek chose not to) faced a logistical nightmare, from arranging last-minute foreign visas to struggling to keep up with McCain as they flew commercially from stop to stop. (McCain traveled by a military aircraft.) In contrast, the Obama campaign is inviting reporters on its tour, handling all the logistics–including transportation–for what will certainly be a much larger press corps than usual.

Given the gaffes McCain made, the lack of coverage may have redounded td his benefit.

…some of the campaign beat regulars were on hand when McCain made a big time gaffe, confusing Sunnis and Shiites. It made headlines back home, but…it didn’t create nearly the stir it would have had Brian Williams, Katie Couric or Charlie Gibson been reported their evening newscast from the scene.

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