This is pretty stunning, and I think the Obama campaign might even have a legitimate gripe with the national press:
Since the Delaware senator left Obama’s side and ventured out on his own on Labor Day, he has hardly garnered any national media interest at all.
His plane, a blue chartered 737, now crosses the country with about three-quarters of its seats empty, rows and rows with nary a warm body to be found.
Biden’s supporters maintain that he is connecting with voters and garnering positive media interest on a local level. They also say that Biden is a “governing” pick, not a “political” pick, unlike Palin. That is, Biden will actually be able to help Obama govern; he’s not just a cynical selection to help his boss win the election.
Either way, as Air Joe flew from Wilmington to Charlotte Sunday, the only reporters onboard were off-air reporters from the five television networks and correspondents from NBC and Politico. There was only one camera crew. The back of the plane, reserved for press, sat totally deserted.
The New York Times? Gone. The Washington Post? Not seen since the first days of September. The otherwise ubiquitous Associated Press? Left even before that.
Heck, the McCain camp might find this worth complaining about – think of all the gaffes being missed by the major press.