Seething U.S. Journalists Angered About Taking Commercial Flights To Cover Secretary Tillerson in Asia…

A Reuters filing en route to Asia showcases the bitterness, anger and seething rage of U.S. journalists who have been forced to fly First-Class Commercial to cover Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s Asia trip.

State Department correspondents are used to the exclusive wide-body private charters of the U.S. federal government’s airline fleet.  Previous heads of the Department of State have flown aboard Air Force 3.  Normally a Boeing 757.  At the very worst Air Force 3 would be a C17 Globemaster.

However, T-Rex is taking a smaller jet to Asia and only one journalist accompanies him.  To make matters exponentially worse, T-Rex did not select a journalist from the corporate stable of the refined and pedigreed media elites.

We can only imagine how Andrea Mitchell must be seething at having to take simple first-class commercial flight accommodations with ordinary people.  The scope of the almost unimaginable horror she has to face will soon pour from her pursed and vengeful lips.  We can predict a retaliatory report soon from the wrath of the ignored elitist within NBC.  This shall be, as they say, epic.

Secretary Tillerson has rebuked customs and norms.  The traveling correspondents will have to pass through customs and passport checks as if they are ordinary travelers.  There is a very real possibility no-one will recognize them or care diligently for their very individual and specific needs.

Can you imagine Mrs. Alan Greenspan flying all the way to Asia from the Eastern Seaboard and having to do that on a commercial flight?  My God, have we really dropped our standards of decency that far…

Air Force 3 – Not being used by T-Rex

Oh yeah, the pontificating journalist elites are  pi**ed off.   After traveling with every possible indulgence aboard exclusive State Department accommodations with Secretary Clinton and Secretary Kerry, you cannot even fathom how angry they are right now without private dining, DoS chefs, shaved chocolates and Cristal mimosas.

None of this is me joking.  This bunch of snobs having to fly commercial is unheard of.

They are ready to tear into Secretary Tillerson in every single filed report.  Just watch what you see on TV:

(Reuters) U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is traveling to Asia this week accompanied by only one reporter, a White House correspondent from the Independent Journal Review (IJR), a digital news outlet founded in 2012 by former Republican political operatives.

The IJR said in a statement late Tuesday the State Department last week offered one of its reporters, Erin McPike, a place aboard the Secretary’s aircraft on his trip this week to Asia.

[…]  The State Department had previously told reporters covering Tillerson’s trip to South Korea, Japan, and China that he would not be taking reporters on his plane and that they would have to fly commercially, breaking with decades of precedent stretching back to Henry Kissinger.

Major news organizations complained, among them the BBC, CNN, New York Times, Washington Post and Reuters.

[…]  The State Department Correspondents Association, which represents reporters who cover U.S. diplomacy, said in a statement that it was “disappointed” Tillerson chose to travel to Asia without a full contingent of media “or even a pool reporter”.

“After saying it was unable to accommodate press on the Secretary’s plane to Asia due to space and budget constraints, the State Department offered a unilateral seat to one reporter,” the statement said.

“Several of our members have traveled commercially to meet Secretary Tillerson on the ground in Asia. We expect that the diplomatic press corps will be afforded access to Secretary Tillerson equal to that given to the reporter on the plane.”

A spokesman for IJR, Matt Manda, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether McPike would file pool reports to colleagues, or whether IJR had any comment on the SDCA’s statement.

For decades, secretaries of state have nearly always invited media to travel with them. In rare cases, particularly late in a secretary’s tenure, some outlets have declined the invitations, such as for former Secretary John Kerry’s December 2016 trip to Saudi Arabia.

Republican secretaries of state Alexander Haig, George Shultz, James Baker, and Condoleezza Rice routinely took 10 or more journalists on their overseas trips, even to conflict zones such as Lebanon and Central America.

Up through Tuesday, just hours before Tillerson was scheduled to leave, the State Department declined to confirm whether there would be any reporters on Tillerson’s plane.

Acting State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a phone briefing with reporters on Tuesday that the agency was considering “having a seat available” on his plane.

“We’ve been very clear, frankly, that this is a smaller footprint all around, and this is the Secretary’s decision, to travel with a smaller footprint,” Toner said. “To some degree, it’s a cost-saving measure.”  (read more)

The rest of the article is Reuters tearing into IJR for having the audacity to accept a seat on the flight with T-Rex.   This is like High School mean girls taken to exponential levels of vitriol and hatred.

This is going to be ugly.  Very, very ugly.

Things you won’t see when Secretary Tillerson is traveling.

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418 Responses to Seething U.S. Journalists Angered About Taking Commercial Flights To Cover Secretary Tillerson in Asia…

  1. Mickey Wasp says:

    Can you imagine the seething disdain on Andrea’s face when Sec of State T-Rex gives IJR reporter, Erin McPike his schedule and request that she hand it out to other ‘reporters’ …

    Liked by 15 people

  2. CountryMouse says:

    A “unilateral seat” ? Is that, like, a seat with only one side? Where is M.C. Escher when we really need him?

    Any ‘reporter’ who writes something that sloppy deserves to be left behind.

    Liked by 8 people

    • Louis Wheeler says:

      No, it was the Press acknowledging that they are “the opposition party.”

      If the Press are the enemy of the American people, why should SOS Tillerson do them favors?

      Liked by 10 people

      • Eliza says:

        He’s trying to save money & the climate they should understand that shouldn’t they? Guess they don’t really believe in fiscal responsibility or protecting the environment. Glad he took someone who wasn’t part of the elite haters cadre.

        Liked by 7 people

  3. Athena the Warrior says:

    Boo hoo hoo, let the news organizations pool their resources and charter a plane themselves since they’re all friends.,

    Liked by 13 people

  4. Katherine McCoun says:

    why should they travel at tax payer’s expense?! They are Not government employees. They do not represent at least 1/2 of the US citizens and actively work against the voted will of the people in many cases. They are not non biased sources working for the citizens on a mission to inform the public of the facts. There is NO reason they should travel on the Tax Payer’s dime!

    They are all Employees of For Profit companies. Why should employees of American businesses receive preferential treatment by the government at tax payer’s expense? NO reason! These companies are not non profits on a mission. They are for profit companies, paying their employees large salaries and some of the script reading talking heads even become “celebrities” in pop culture. Why are we, the tax payers, supplementing these company’s bottom line? Corruption and cronyism!

    If these news/tv/publishing/broadcasting businesses want their employees to cover these stories, people and events then let them pay for them to travel to these places. My taxes already have enough to do! Why pay for luxury travel for some broadcasting company’s talking head?!

    Liked by 21 people

    • Enlightened Vulgarian says:

      Taxpayers do not foot the bill for press travel. From an online article dated April 14, 2016:

      “The withering relationship between the president and the press can be seen through the declining ranks of reporters on important trips at home and abroad. Almost gone are White House press planes, chartered by the government but paid for by news organizations. Once a feature of any presidential travel, there is simply not enough cash available for press planes. Gone, too, is the access to senior staff on such trips who can talk outside the White House bubble. For Obama’s African journey last year, reporters were forced to travel to Frankfurt on their own and then charter a plane to keep up with the president for five days.

      To The New York Times’ Peter Baker, who has covered the White House on and off since 1996, the death knell for the press plane came after an Obama Asia trip in 2014. The 40 journalists who followed Obama wound up with a Delta Boeing 777 with 365 seats. Each got stuck for almost $90,000 just for the plane. With hotel bills, transportation and meals, news companies were choking on $100,000 for each reporter.

      As a result, only a small rotating group of reporters representing wire services, newspapers, network broadcasters, and big news magazines travel aboard Air Force One. They are charged a First Class fare plus extra fees to sit isolated in a tail-end compartment of the massive Boeing 747. Obama rarely visits….”

      Liked by 9 people

      • MfM says:

        I was writing as you were posting. Your information is much more detailed — Thanks

        I just didn’t want people talking about the media getting a free ride. They do in so many things, just not entirely with plane rides.

        Liked by 2 people

      • marcyo13 says:

        Technically, I’m sure you’re right, but there are YUGE perks to travelling as part of the government entourage, as Sundance detailed in his BRILLIANT piece which is making my day. I mean come on, it was one big happy boozy endless press junket, a big government thank you to their mouthpieces in the press.

        Liked by 5 people

        • Peg_C the Deplorable says:

          Partying with people whose job it is to report objectively on you is unseemly at the very least and actually quite uglier than that. The cozy relationship between fake news and fake politicians is serving We the People very very badly.

          Liked by 1 person

      • The above comment amplifies the laziness and stupidity of the elite’s. They all have a travel department and they all have an itinerary, so what’s the problem. Commercial is certainly cheaper than a charter. Can’t carry you own bags ? Hire a skycap. His itinerary changes? Contact your travel department. Have to stand in line at the airport? Oh my God, the horror of it all.

        Liked by 2 people

      • Old Guy says:

        Since Al Haig was mentioned on an earlier post, I decided to weigh in on the never ending “we deserve our entitlements” that the Press has, for years demanded. I am quite familiar with the Boeing 707 days of the Special Air Missions from Andrews. The Press was required to sit in the back of the “narrow body”, and forbidden to bother the DV. They were treated as the only enemy the party had on every trip. Jack Anderson used to write such virulent columns concerning the “posh world of White House travelers” , that, even today, I hear how people think the crew members are given special privileges. That is so far from the truth that I can’t even comment. Certain members of the press were some of the most undisciplined “children” we had in the back of the airplane. Just as I find any of our crew members commenting on the behavior of specific VIPs or any of the passengers, a sure way to violate their privacy, I hope that individual stories are never attributed to those of us who were entrusted to remain silent. Just like the Secret Service Agents, who confirmed rumors of White House assignations during the Clinton years, no one can do their job for for closely scrutinized officials if the are suspected of not being silent. As much as I despised certain very high ranking diplomats, I felt honored that I was entrusted with the part I had while America was the leader of the world. The balance was, that I was able to have a very close relationship with people who loved this country and offered their existence to keep the reputation and honor of the country I love. Some members of the Press seemed to think they were owed deference they refused to give to that same country.


    • MfM says:

      My understanding is they do pay, just likely not what it really costs.

      Liked by 3 people

    • mcclainra says:

      Katherine: I’m in total agreement. They have been spoiled and pampered, at our expense, for far too long. Maybe they will even have trouble with TSA like normal people?

      Liked by 4 people

  5. Nancy Blowski says:

    Lock her Up!

    Liked by 4 people

  6. ediegrey says:

    The party’s over – they can spend their own money, not ours.

    Liked by 6 people

  7. G3 says:

    My heart and well wishes go out to the flight attendants across the commercial airlines.

    Liked by 13 people

  8. KitKat says:

    What a wonderful way to deflate the press’s hubris. So much needed, so long overdue. An America made great again needs a more honest press corps.

    Liked by 9 people

  9. Why should they get any special treatment? Has any one of them written a single positive story about PTrump or the administration? Why would they think anyone in the admin would want to fly in a plane with them? Really, they need to get a grip on reality.

    Liked by 8 people

  10. entagor says:

    Hey, they don’t have to travel with the Trump team anymore to find out what’s up. Everything is being recorded and leaked anyway.

    As far as I can tell, all they would be doing on these flights is sucking up our oxygen, our jet fuel, and probably our drinks out of the complimentary refrigerator

    We can’t even use them to pick up a broom and clean the place, because they would probably drop a few more eavesdropping devices

    Liked by 5 people

  11. SgtWalleye says:

    This is some awesome info, I did not realize that the press did this. Glad they are making them fly commercial like all of us peasants.

    Liked by 4 people

    • First class ain’t peasant class! Have you seen the fares? The meals? The booze???

      Liked by 2 people

      • wrd9 says:

        That’s true but they still have to go through security bureaucracy like the peasants and the 3rd world can be brutal. A close relative who has an artificial hip was going through Delhi and they strip searched him and demanded that he take out his artificial hip. No one spoke English. It was eventually straightened out but this is just one example of idiocy/incompetency regarding 3rd world bureaucracy. Of course, they might have just wanted him to pay a bribe but he’s too honest for that.

        Liked by 1 person

  12. fakenoozisforfools says:

    The fakenooz media is already UGLY in mind, spirit, and body. So let it get uglier. The more the merrier.

    Memo to President Trump: I just checked. I’m not tired of winning yet. Keep up the good work.

    Liked by 12 people

  13. Laura Wesselmann says:

    Love it!

    Liked by 3 people

  14. Honest Abbey says:

    With all the money the Greenspan’s have, you would think Andrea and Alan have their own fleet, or at least ONE private jet.

    I bet flying commercial prompted the thought of a terror attack to suddenly become front & center on Andrea’s mind, the way “common folk” are haunted when traveling abroad. Your sixth sense kicks in and you notice every single person around you and you question EVERY SINGLE THING.


    Liked by 7 people

  15. jessinwis says:

    I wonder how much this saves us taxpayers–seriously! And what chunk of the 50% budget reduction at the State Dept this contributes to, directly and indirectly.

    Liked by 2 people

  16. I can’t think of a good reason for taxpayers to cover journalists’ travel expenses.

    Liked by 4 people

  17. sunnydaze says:


    Poor Pampered Press

    Liked by 3 people

  18. Secretary Tillerson:
    Have you no decency sir?


    Liked by 3 people

  19. litlbit2 says:

    There is a possibility if this keeps up I just may enjoy paying my taxes. Just love it!

    Liked by 5 people

  20. Ip Siscr says:

    And I would have thought that the Media would have been falling all over themselves to applaud this move of the Trump administration, as it lets them virtue signal how they are so not influenced by political faction. Sheesh – go figure ?!

    Liked by 2 people

  21. lurker99 says:

    Out of all the articles I read on TCTH, articles depicting the “press” in a negative tone (like this article) really please me…………………….

    I can’t seem to get enough of them though………………..

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Paul Harrington says:

    All these agencies have bureaus in the countries the Sec. of State will be visiting. Save all that first class money by having the local talent cover him.
    Problem solved.

    Liked by 7 people

  23. thirdand43 says:

    Absolutely farking brilliant. Let those jerks shlub through all of the agonizing, endless lines at airports lines and let their fake media overlords pay for it themselves. That is awesome. And hilarious.

    Liked by 4 people

  24. CountryclassVulgarian says:

    Hot dang Sundance! I’m only now getting to CTH and boy did you ever make my day! I finally managed to get off the floor to type this. This is even better than the fake tax returns of last night.

    But on a more serious note. I am seriously contemplating asking our President to stop winning. I’m not sure it’s safe for me to ROTFLMBO like this everyday. I could break a hair root or something.

    Liked by 2 people

  25. PolyEster says:

    So let me get this straight; they expect me to fund their travel to cover the SOS and provide them with meals, lodging, booze, entertainment and endless perks while they provide nothing but Fake News. Do I get to write them off on my income tax?

    Liked by 3 people

  26. Ferris Jones says:

    Good enough for em,can’t say I’m aware of what the mainstream media is doing because I refuse to watch.


  27. Willy says:

    Shoulda’ made ’em walk.
    They think that they can walk on water……..

    Liked by 2 people

  28. All American Snowflake says:

    This is such a feel-good story that I think I may go out and celebrate myself. Smiles and laughter all around. Life is good T-Rex. I loves ya.


  29. Tony Curti says:

    They want to be journalists???…Let them be journalists!!!…….having to pay to follow the story should be embedded in their professional DNA – No FREEBIES…as they amount to bribery (like drub companies paying for a doc’s vacations…)

    As for “Ditz 1” (Andrea Mitchell)…..let her take Broomstick One


  30. Benson II says:

    I’m still laughing. This is pure joy especially when you look at the pictures of them living it up with Hillary.
    I didn’t think it was possible but I love President Trump more every day.


  31. Joelle says:

    Good for T -Rex and tge Trump Administration. Thin the heard!


  32. Michael Cacio says:

    About time. Nice move Rex!


  33. I have argued with some liberals for several months now about the different disciplines of these, “Filthy Rich”, as they refer to them, Cabinet heads that Trump has chosen. Their claim has been that these people will bankrupt us with their greed. My argument has been, NOT SO. These business leaders know how to save a buck at every turn and will keep doing it. It is their habit. Good for the new SOS. He is making my day


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