In 2005, an “unprecedented 19 reporters” accompanied Condoleezza Rice on her first trip overseas as Secretary of State. Now, however, things have changed. The Washington Post reports that “vastly fewer reporters” joined Rice on her latest trip to the Middle East:
The three wire services — Associated Press, Reuters and Agence-France Presse — are on board. Bloomberg News and National Public Radio took seats. But only three newspapers — The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Washington Times — are on the plane, down from the standard five. And the networks did not even bother to send a camera crew, let alone a correspondent.
The media began losing interest in Rice last year. In mid-2007, every single major newspaper turned down an op-ed by Rice on Lebanon and in September, CBS and NBC declined a White House offer to have Rice appear on their Sunday shows.