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Ticket Pool Report: Aboard Air Force One with Pres. Bush

As The Ticket has explained before, part of the duty of covering politicians in public life is sharing so-called pool duty. Representatives of each media like print, TV, photography, etc. are chosen to cover certain events and provide notes back to their absent colleagues.

We've been providing full copies of the written notes from pool reports in recent weeks such as a Pool Report here and a Pool Report here. Today, The Ticket has a special treat courtesy of our colleagues at the Swamp and Ken Herman, the White House correspondent for Cox Newspapers.

Herman videotaped a recent day's tour of duty as a print pool reporter as President Bush traveled from Washington on Air Force One to Atlanta for a closed congressional fundraiser, which the former Texas governor has proven so successful at, in terms of attracting dollars from party faithful in recent months.

The video from Herman via the Swamp is about three minutes, 40 seconds long and gives a glimpse inside at least part of the president's plane, as well as the fare offered to traveling media and the actual boredom of traveling with the nation's chief executive but being barred from witnessing his actual event.

Also, readers should note that the media on such travels do not ride on taxpayer dollars. The news organizations are billed for their share of the costs.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Thanks, Andy, for insight into the boring work of following pols around. In a predetermined case like this is the press pool merely there in case of a terrorist attack as when Pres. Bush was reading to school children on Sept. 11? Or do they hope for ancillary disasters, as when then Pres. Clinton closed down LAX for 3 hours in order to have a $600 Christoph haircut in Air Force One on the tarmac? But, as I recall the pool did not report that one. Ground Control did.

instead of adding to the constant media flood of dissimulation, distraction and deception, those people could do their work. research and report the things that they COULD see, when most college kids can. it would help the country, and keep themselves from acting as complacent smug accessories in crime and treason.


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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