Thursday, August 7, 2008

No Wonder Mainstream Media Protects the Political Elite: They Are A Part of the Political Elite

Because Chinese officials wanted to treat U.S. reporters the way the TSA treats average Americans on a daily basis, we learn a little secret about how the White House press corp travels. According to Paul Alexander at AP:

Typically, the White House press charter receives the "custom of the port," meaning reporters, photographers and camera crews are able to get off the plane right after landing, board buses and head to their hotels and work areas while U.S. State Department officials process immigration and customs details.

This time, though, reporters had to sit on their plane for three hours as the Chinese insisted they get the TSA treatment, i.e. have their documents and luggage checked.

The plane landed at 2:10 a.m. local time. Passengers finally were able to get off the plane shortly after 5 a.m. However, they were made to pass through Chinese immigration control individually, and baggage was still being screened.

Who even knew there is something called "custom of the port" where you skip through lines and the State Department does your paperwork? Would you be critcal of someone who was able to grant you a free pass through the TSA?

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