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Press Rumors Run Wild on Obama Veep Pick -- but in 2004 an Airline Mechanic Got the Scoop

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Press Rumors Run Wild on Obama Veep Pick -- but in 2004 an Airline Mechanic Got the Scoop

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All day today the names of Biden, Kaine, Sibelius, Clinton and Bayh have filled the Web reports of news outlets obsessed with Barack Obama's coming choice for vice president. But remember 2004? It's true, the New York Post got the most memorable scoop on John Kerry's pick for a running mate -- Dick Gephardt, whoops -- but an airline mechanic actually took the "true" honors.

Will it happen again? The moral of this story for reporters: Keep an eye on all those aviation blogs!

The back story: A fellow named Bryan Smith, aka "aerosmith," posted the John Edwards 2004 nod on an aviation message board.

He arrived at work on June 5, 2004, the day before Kerry announced that Edwards was his choice, in Pittsburgh. Smith told NPR that he was passing through a hangar at Pittsburgh airport to get to his work area at US Airways "when I was informed by, I am assuming, Mr. Kerry's people, that I should not peek in that hangar and that it was, in fact, closed for the day. …

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