In a report by Crains Business (Obama to media: pony up for election night access, 10/21/08), a memo that went out details charges starting at $715 for a credential, and goes upwards towards $2,000.
It is not unusual for events such as the conventions, and the Presidential Inauguration, to have the media paying for the construction of risers, tents, and so forth. When traveling with the President, the media outlets pay for their transportation, hotel, airfare, and filing center space, as managed by the White House Travel Office. But to charge for credentials, in my experience, is offensive, at best. In this case, you are paying for the access to cover the event, not for facilities, and that's where it's just gone wrong.
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