Rich Galen

By the time the facts to the contrary became available the Twitter-bus had left the terminal.

In 1972 we were still 10 years away from the FCC approving the first frequencies for a modern cellular network.

Reporters generally filed once a day, usual early afternoon during a formal "filing time" during which the campaign stood down and reporters sat in a local high school gym typing their stories on portable typewriters and calling their stories into their home office over a telephone line which had been installed by AT&T (or its local affiliate) sometimes just minutes before the campaign rolled in.

In those days, if a campaign wanted to make news it had to do it by about two in the afternoon. In the modern Twitter-bus era, campaigns hold a little something back until about five so everyone has something new to put up on their Twitter feed (and send into their publication) before they go to dinner.

Back in the day, reporters smoked on the bus, ate red meat at dinner, and drank hard liquor at the bar.

Today the few reporters who still smoke walk far away from the bus, order salads and veggie dinners, and drink white wine or club soda.

The times have changed, but the pack journalism ethic is still strong.

The boys and girls on the bus don't need to be told by their editors what everyone else is writing.

They can just climb aboard the Twitter-bus and read for themselves.

On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: Links to the CNN delegate count and to the Wikipedia entry for the "Boys on the Bus." Also a pretty nice Mullfoto showing yesterday's windy conditions and a Catchy Caption of the Day showing an Iranian nuclear facility.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at