By: Todd Shields
The final list promulgated by the Pentagon has newspapers moving up two places on the list of those that are to be allocated seats on Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s plane when he travels. The first five seats go to The Associated Press, Reuters, Agence France-Presse, and two TV outlets. The sixth and seventh spots go to large and small newspapers, along with other wires and magazines.
The Pentagon is establishing rotation lists within each category to handle the post-Sept. 11 escalation in demand for travel with Rumsfeld.