When the President Travels, Reporters Now Stay Home

By Andrew Gauthier 

The New York Times

The news media have found a new area of coverage ripe for cost-cutting: the president of the United States.

For decades it was a given that whenever the president traveled, a charter plane packed with members of the press would travel with him. But the press flights have been sharply curtailed in recent months, a victim of cost-cutting by news organizations that are struggling to stay profitable.

As a result, fewer reporters are tagging along with President Obama and his aides, limiting the number of news sources at a time when Americans are acutely interested in White House policies and personalities. More…