TV anchors hunt for Obama exclusives on foreign trip

July 17, 2008

WASHINGTON – Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama drags with him a gaggle of reporters (wire services, newspaper, radio and television) wherever he goes, but when he heads overseas soon, he will have some television news stars accompanying him.

rtx5hvb.jpgAll three broadcast television network anchors, ABC’s Charlie Gibson, CBS’s Katie Couric and NBC’s Brian Williams, are negotiating to tag along, and according to the Washington Post they could each have an exclusive interview in different countries.

Obama is expected to travel through Europe (there has already been a kerfuffle about where he speaks in Berlin) and the Middle East, and he is also expected to make stops in Iraq and Afghanistan to see firsthand the status of the wars. He has been an outspoken critic of the conflicts, arguing the Bush administration took its eye off al Qaeda in Afghanistan to go to war with Iraq.

rtr1u9kt.jpgThe interesting contrast the Washington Post and New York Times make about Obama’s trip is that when his rival, Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain, went to London, France and the Middle East no television network anchors joined the trek.

But there are risks associated with having high-profile anchors and bright television spotlights along for the ride — if Obama makes a gaffe, it has the potential to lead the nightly newscasts and give McCain an opening to attack. 

One need only look at McCain’s March trip when got tangled up in Amman, Jordan, where he mistakenly accused Iran of backing the Sunni extremist group al Qaeda in Iraq. The United States believes it is Shi’ite militants that Iran is backing and Democrats jumped all over him. 

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– Photo credit: Jim Young (Williams with Obama in May after an interview); Molly Riley (Couric before an interview in 2007)


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Come on, play fair – Obama does not have kerfuffles, he’s a control freak. He has “the outcome was not what we hoped for” moments.

Posted by Ian Thorpe | Report as abusive

The story in Berlin has been going on for several weeks. As usual not much is being reported on TV because the story is not at all favourable to Mr. Obama. The Berliners would like very much that he would take a hike and does his campaning some place else.The narcistic and self-serving idea to talk at the Brandenburg Gate is not at all going over well in Germany. They think he should get himself elected first, if he can, and wait to be invited to speak. The total absents of the most basic manners is unbeleaveable, und he want’s to be president of the United States? His Marxist ideas are not at all the thing Germans want to hear, and after all the foreign problems with Mr.Bush, this country needs a freak like him like we need a hole in the head.

Posted by Marianne H Strunk | Report as abusive

Is there anyone who thinks these journalists will be objective on this trip? Why would they start now at this juncture? Many Americans are completely disillusioned with the so-called objective journalism of this election cycle. I, for one, will be voicing my complaint of the liberal bias loud and clear!

Posted by RR/FL | Report as abusive

The MSM superstars are giddy over the prospect of being seen with and reporting on Their Candidate. If Obama does make gaffes, there’s little chance we’ll hear about them in headlines from their reporting. Prepare for a barrage of accolades only. There is no ‘fair and balanced’ about that bunch.

Posted by Politicalcynical | Report as abusive

”His Marxist ideas are not at all the thing Germans want to hear, and after all the foreign problems with Mr. Bush, this country needs a freak like him like we need a hole in the head.” Are you in denial, delusional or just uneducated in economics? I don’t want to get off topic here, but what does socializing our health care system and raising taxes for Americans that make over $250,000/year have to do with Karl Marx? These economic policy’s are coming from Obama’s team of incredibly smart capitalists. I don’t know about you, but I would prefer that high income earning American’s help finance our broken medical system through taxation over China paying for our money pit wars by purchasing US Government debt. Oh sorry, is paying our own bills a communist idea? And don’t get into the ”lowering taxes raises government revenues” because the economic environment of today is completely different than the Reagan era. At any rate, I just want to live in country that doesn’t have an overextended military because it’s not good for our security, an overextended banking system because it’s not good for our economy and a government with an overextended line of credit – because that’s scary for the global economy – but you apparently know understand Marx so well, I’m sure these capitalist concepts make sense, right? I think it’s important for Obama to meet with leaders of foreign governments and I could care less out the media reports it. The damage this current administration has done to our reputation abroad is appalling and both Obama and McCain are going to have to do everything in their power to earn any legitimacy back. An overextended capitalist country with zero legitimacy in the world is almost as bad as living in say, 1970’s East Germany.

Posted by Travis | Report as abusive

I honestly feel that Mr. Obama is a typical politician, his press pals couldn’t overcome middle America in 2000, or 2004, and with the help of God will also fail in 2008. katie Couric is all washed up and the real heartland of this countryt knows better than to believe these moonbats

Posted by patrick | Report as abusive

Just more of the MSM kissing up to the Democrats rear ends.

Posted by Bill | Report as abusive

I am amazed that McCain is presumed better at foreign affairs after his statement that because the counterinsugency strategy is working in Iraq that it would transfer as well in Pakistan.The topography of the two countries are entirely different one mountainous the other flat ,remember Saddam had to dig a hole in the ground for safety.The tribal support for Al-Quaeda is much greater in Pakistan, and we know from the Russian experience that 130,000 troops still made it a quagmire.Iraq under Saddam was a secular state while the Taliband is really more compatible with Bin Laden’s thinking.

Posted by joseph marcucilli | Report as abusive


Are you kidding? Do you not even realize that you said “I would prefer that high income earning American’s help finance our broken medical system through taxation” and then followed that with “Oh sorry, is paying our own bills a communist idea?”

No, paying our own bills isn’t, but punishing earners with wealth redistribution to non-earners by rule of law is, or as you put it “high income earning American’s help finance our broken medical system through taxation”

Regarding your and other liberals’ hysteria over the supposed loss of government funding due to tax cuts, there’s no need for anyone to convince you that “lowering taxes raises government revenues” because there’s plenty of documentation that it has. Even the small portion of honest liberal economists (and none of them are capitalists or “incredibly smart”) admit what the Treasury has confirmed: since the Bush tax cuts, Treasury revenues have increased by greater than an average of 15% YOY.

Posted by Matt | Report as abusive

WWII’s TOKYO ROSE IS NOW A “TRIO” [ABC/Charles Gibson; NBC/Brian Williams; CBS/Katie Couric]!

Although we needed NO more proof of media bias, this trip seals it.

McCain goes abroad to help America and almost nothing is said.

When Barack Hussein Obama goes, it’s more than news; it’s glorification of an incompetent ignoramus.

It needs to be said: this kind of stuff is treason, pure and simple.

At the least, it is not the role of a free press to support a candidate for public office in this manner.

I’d say write your Congressman, but that’ll do no good.
The only thing left for decent Americans is their vote.

The media in America is more than a disgrace; IT IS THE “ENEMY WITHIN”.

They have never vetted Obama, even though it is their job to do so. They did not tell about his ties to terrorists and anti-Americans until AFTER half of America had voted.

Furthermore, their fawning over him in the Middle East will give aid and comfort to the enemy.

Get angry — Cry Treason!



Posted by EAST COAST | Report as abusive

LATEST OBAMA GAFFE — He said he was meeting with some leaders that he’d be meeting with as president — FOR THE NEXT 8 TO 10 YEARS.

8 to 10 years? HUH? So the president now can be elected for TEN (10) years? I suppose this works — JUST LIKE THE 57 STATES HE VISITED!

LOLOL. Obama — the idiotic gift that keeps on giving.

What an arrogant jerk!

With everything that money could have been used for in an effort to “CHANGE” as the slogan goes, the O’Carter regime is busy painting “O’s”.

I’m voting for John McCain in 2008.

Posted by EAST COAST | Report as abusive