NBC and ABC Ignore Obama Fundraising Trip Snarling Holiday Travel, CBS Barely Mentions
Despite a Thursday New York Post report
that President Obama's upcoming Labor Day weekend fundraising junket
would shut down airspace across the northeast and hurt business for
local pilots, neither NBC's Today nor ABC's Good Morning America covered the controversy. CBS This Morning offered a mere 18-second news brief on the topic.
This Morning fill-in co-host Vinita Nair informed viewers: "...the FAA is forcing no-fly zones beginning Friday. That includes grounding sea planes from the Hamptons to Nantucket. One company says it is a major hit on their busiest weekend of the year." [Listen to the audio]
The president of two seaplane companies told the Post that the
restrictions would be responsible for "causing major business losses and
inconvenience for our passengers on the busiest weekend of the year."
She added: "We count on this weekend to get us through the quieter
months of the year. This will create a perfect storm on a holiday
Friday, creating air space havoc between New York City and Boston."
CBS failed to examine the question of Obama once again attending Democratic Party fundraisers amid multiple international crises, including the possibility of launching air strikes against ISIS terrorist targets in Syria.
Here is a full transcript of the August 28 news brief on This Morning:
8:31 AM ET
VINITA NAIR: The New York Post says President Obama's visit to the northeast will snarl traffic this holiday weekend. The President is attending fund-raisers and the FAA is forcing no-fly zones beginning Friday. That includes grounding sea planes from the Hamptons to Nantucket. One company says it is a major hit on their busiest weekend of the year.
— Kyle Drennen is Senior News Analyst at the Media Research Center. Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.