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.