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Little Media Interest in Bush Vacation: Chartered Presidential Press Plane Canceled Due to Lack of Journalists

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Little Media Interest in Bush Vacation: Chartered Presidential Press Plane Canceled Due to Lack of Journalists

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Little media interest in Bush vacation

Chartered presidential press plane canceled due to lack of journalists

When President Bush took off recently for a four-day vacation in Florida, there was no additional press plane, and reporters not in the pool took commercial flights.

The chartered press plane was canceled simply because there were not enough journalists to make it affordable. Because the cost of the plane -- paid for by the media -- is a fixed amount, the rate depends on how many people plan to fly. Obviously, if there are fewer journalists, the cost per person increases.

Only about 27 people had signed up to take the charter plane, which would have cost them about $1,800 to $2,000 per person, explained White House Correspondents Association president Bob Ellison of Sheridan Broadcasting. As the cost approached $3,000 per person, news organizations opted to fly commercial.

Charles Bierbauer of Cable News Network, WHCA vice president, noted that on a vacation trip like the one to Florida, when the president is not expected to make much news, traveling commercially is not a difficulty. …

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