No offense, but isn't Barack Obama supposed to be everyone's candidate, and if elected, everyone's president? Not saying this report is true, and in fact the Obama Campaign's New York press office is categorically denying it, has said that all these news sources are represented on the plane and that the story is NOT TRUE. I just want the truth...it would not be surprising to see The Drudge Report or Fox News spread untruths, and if this is the case, they should be called on it. On the other hand, if the story is true, it does raise some very troubling questions. I don't think any one wants a White House that is going to grant special access to a group of people based on the color of their skin, do not think any one is interested in four years of reverse racism hidden under a carefully crafted Veneer as the Obama White House denies whites access to our government, and to our President. It is for this reason, that Obama needs to address this story that has leaked out into mainstream media, needs to nip it in the bud by coming forth with the truth. Pushing the story aside with a flimsy excuse that does not pass the smell test is not adequate. Have reporters from major papers that endorced McCain been removed from the Obama Campaign Plane, and their seats given to reporters from Essense and Jet Magazine? Let's rephrase that...were reporters seats on the Obama plane taken away, and if so were those reporters from Press/News sites/publications that endorsed McCain? Secondly, were additional seats or new seats given to Chicago news reporters, and staff/journalists from Essence and/or Jet (Ebony Jet) magazines?
Journalists from three major newspapers that endorsed John McCain have been booted from Barack Obama's campaign plane for the final leg of the presidential race.
The Washington Times reported Friday that it was notified of the Obama campaign's decision Thursday evening -- even though the paper has covered Obama from the start.
Executive Editor John Solomon told FOXNews.com that the Obama campaign said it didn't have enough seats on the plane, but "I don't think the explanation makes sense to us."
"We've been traveling since 2007 with him. ... We're a relevant newspaper -- every day we break news," Solomon said. "And to suddenly be kicked off the plane for people who haven't covered it as aggressively or thoroughly as we are ... it sort of feels unfair."
He said the newspaper protested but was turned down again by the campaign.
"I can only hope that the candidate who describes himself as wanting to unite the nation doesn't have some sort of litmus test for who he decides gets to cover the campaign," Solomon said, noting that the Obama campaign's decision came just two days after the paper endorsed McCain.
The New York Post and Dallas Morning News also have been kicked off Obama's plane.
According to the Web site The Drudge Report, the three newspapers' reporters were told to find alternative transportation by Sunday so that the plane could accommodate "network bigwigs" and reporters from two black magazines, Essence and Jet.
Also joining up with the Obama campaign are the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times. According to the campaign, the decision to shuffle around reporters was made because they did not want to add a second plane.
"Unfortunately, demand for seats on the plane during this final weekend has far exceeded supply, and because of logistical issues we made the decision not to add a second plane. This means we've had to make hard and unpleasant for all concerned decisions about limiting some news organizations and in some cases not being in a position to offer space to news organizations altogether," Obama senior adviser Anita Dunn said in a written statement.