January 28th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
10 years ago

On the Trail: Money matters

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL (CNN) - Ahhhhh...What a difference!!!

When the Huckabee campaign stopped providing transportation for the traveling press, I was reassigned to cover McCain as an embedded photojournalist for CNN. When flying on Huckabee's plane (a dual-prop, 8-passenger commuter) I was forced to ride on the toilet seat...now I am flying on a luxury aircraft complete with leather seats.

I can't believe the differences in the two campaigns.... At the end of a long day when I arrive at the hotel, my room key is ready for me. No longer do I have to load and unload gear on and off the plane completely by myself. I am surrounded by campaign staff who are always willing to help. And the bus is always stocked with beverages and food for all those hungry and thirsty journalists.

And the differences don't stop there. There is also a huge difference when it comes to technology....this campaign provides a Humvee with a mounted satellite dish that follows the press bus everywhere it goes. This vehicle provides high-speed wi-fi internet connections so that we can file our stories and submit photos and video as we race down the highway en route to the next event!

Money makes a huge difference. It seems unfair but I guess that's how things are in this current political environment.

In the end, we as journalists report fairly and impartially regardless of how well we are fed and how fast the internet connection is.

–CNN Photojournalist Jung Park

Filed under: John McCain • On the Trail
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. James

    Once again, the real truth comes out. The reporters are not about really reporting what is happening, it is all about what suits them the best. I am overwhelmed of the non support of a man who seems to be very frugle with his money...I am speaking of Huckabee. I appreciate how he steps up and speaks his heart. Where are the ones who really care about America.
    Huckabee is not an Washington Insider....and He has my vote. Come on America and let our voice be heard.

    January 29, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. Ron

    News Flash
    News Flash

    Yes, The Clintons Scammed Millions $$$$$$$
    Finally, “THE NEW YORK TIMES” lets the cat out of the bag.
    This article exposes the “ REAL CLINTON SCAMS “.
    Ask Wolf Blitzer @ CNN.

    Open your PC front page.

    In the web search bar type in, " Clinton Donors Overlap " Press Search.

    Read this 5 Minute “New York Times” article, 2 ½ short pages

    My new opinion of Bill & HILLERY Clinton” is now.
    How to Scam, Con and Steal and get away with it legally.
    And they look so sweet now!

    If the link worked I would have it here for you
    Thanks, Ringneck11

    January 31, 2008 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
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