The hordes

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Keep in mind that just 28 Amer­i­can re­porters cov­ered the en­tire Al­lied in­va­sion of Nor­mandy dur­ing World War II, ac­cord­ing to a 1944 col­umn by revered war correspondent Ernie Pyle.

We are suf­fer­ing from jour­nal­is­tic in­fla­tion six decades later.

Of­fi­cials at both the Repub­li­can and Demo­cratic na­tional con­ven­tions ex­pect 15,000 jour­nal­ists — each — at their shindigs in St. Paul, Minn., and Den­ver, re­spec­tively, later this year. There is one dif­fer­ence, though. The GOP is twice as gen­er­ous with their space for the roil­ing news me­dia.

The Democrats have al­lo­cated 200,000 square feet to their press area. And their ri­vals?

“The con­ven­tion staff is in the process of al­lo­cat­ing more than 450,000 square feet of work­ing space for the me­dia,” said spokesman Matt Burns, not­ing that press at­ten­dance will no doubt ri­val that at the Olympics.

“When Sen­a­tor John McCain takes to the podium in Septem­ber to ac­cept our party’s nom­i­na­tion, the en­tire world will truly be watch­ing,” he added.

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