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