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October 22, 2008

Obama's Change Gets Personal

Reporters hardest hit:

Obama campaign selling Chicago election night coverage packages to news outlets

The Obama campaign is putting a hefty price tag on the best camera and reporting positions for news organizations covering Barack Obama's outdoor election night activities in downtown Chicago. If a reporter wants access to the file center--which will be the best place to find Obama officials and spokesmen--be prepared to write a check for $935. The cheapest place a reporter could stand on a riser with a view is $880.

That $935 covers one reporter in a heated file tent, power, cable tv, internet and food. I am told by an Obama spokesman who did not want his name used that this just covers costs and they are not turning a profit on this. The planners could have built in more al a carte options for Grant Park coverage.

This is an outrageous pay to play plan that caters to national elite outlets with deep pockets.

I am not asking for a free ride--news outlets pay for plane seats, other transportation organized by the campaign, hotel rooms, plus associated costs for filing centers.

But this Election Night list is pricey and does not take into account some reporters won't need power, cable, internet or food but will crave the access more than the food. As I was talking to this unnamed spokesman about this enormously expensive set-up, he did say--that a news outlet could rotate people in and out of the tent on that one credential. Great.

A general media area will be created where a reporter could watch for free, but the set-up is separate, unequal and clearly second class when it comes to getting top access to campaign people.

Fish. Barrel.
Sometimes the comedy just writes itself.

Posted by Cassandra at October 22, 2008 06:22 AM

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I am told by an Obama spokesman who did not want his name used that this just covers costs and they are not turning a profit on this.

At $935 *apiece*?

They could have that thing catered by Emeril LaGasse and decorated by Martha Stewart and still turn a 50% profit!

Posted by: BillT at October 22, 2008 07:10 AM

Must be the initial news coverage/access facet of BO's HopeNChange Spread the Wealth plan to be administered by Pravda-News You Can Believe! Or else.

Posted by: bthun at October 22, 2008 07:57 AM

I liked Hot Air's take:

"A little advice for my colleagues in the Tanning Bed Media: think of it as spreading the wealth. Yes, I know it will go to Obama and his team, but that’s where the rest of the wealth will go, too, if Obama wins."

Posted by: Grim at October 22, 2008 08:04 AM

And what they are saying is of course true: Obama himself will not turn a profit on this. The money will go to people who are 'in' with him, and so are being paid inflated rates that they are passing on to the rest of America.

Think of these people as "little Tony Rezkos." Or, you know, the incoming cabinet.

Posted by: Grim at October 22, 2008 08:12 AM

> Obama campaign selling Chicago election night coverage packages to news outlets

Hey, if he loses, he's gotta have seed money to pay for ACORN next time around.

If he wins, he's got to have some way to pay ACORN their bonus for cheating so thoroughly.

Who cares that he's gotten 3x as much as McCain? The Messiah needs more!

Posted by: Obloodyhell at October 22, 2008 04:01 PM

Socialism is all nice and good until you end up spending your money.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at October 23, 2008 08:47 PM

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