Despite a Thursday New York Post report that President Obama's upcoming Labor Day weekend fundraising junket would shut down airspace across the northeast and hurt business for local pilots, neither NBC's Today nor ABC's Good Morning America covered the controversy. CBS This Morning offered a mere 18-second news brief on the topic.
This Morning fill-in co-host Vinita Nair informed viewers: "...the FAA is forcing no-fly zones beginning Friday. That includes grounding sea planes from the Hamptons to Nantucket. One company says it is a major hit on their busiest weekend of the year." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]
The president of two seaplane companies told the Post that the restrictions would be responsible for "causing major business losses and inconvenience for our passengers on the busiest weekend of the year." She added: "We count on this weekend to get us through the quieter months of the year. This will create a perfect storm on a holiday Friday, creating air space havoc between New York City and Boston."
CBS failed to examine the question of Obama once again attending Democratic Party fundraisers amid multiple international crises, including the possibility of launching air strikes against ISIS terrorist targets in Syria.
Here is a full transcript of the August 28 news brief on This Morning:
8:31 AM ET
VINITA NAIR: The New York Post says President Obama's visit to the northeast will snarl traffic this holiday weekend. The President is attending fund-raisers and the FAA is forcing no-fly zones beginning Friday. That includes grounding sea planes from the Hamptons to Nantucket. One company says it is a major hit on their busiest weekend of the year.