Skip to main content

Okay, Fox lost.  Well, not completely, they did get an upgrade to the front row (AP's old seat) but at least they didn't get Helen's old seat.  It seems rather petty to be fighting for the best seat in the house, (kind of like little kids) but there is something symbolic, something special about that seat and I, for one, am delighted with the results.

Other represented in the front row are: NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, Reuters and the Associated Press.

The board of the White House Correspondents Assocation (WHCA) has decided to move the Associated Press to the frontrow center seat in the White House briefing room. It gets the seat that had been held by UPI's Helen Thomas, who retired after her remarks suggesting Jews get out of Palestine were roundly criticized. was circulating a petition ( ) over the weekend to try and get the White House Correspondents Association to give Helen Thomas' front row center seat at White House briefings to NPR. But as important to the group is that it not go to Fox.

"They [Fox] simply don't deserve the best seat in the White House briefing room-a seat held for years by journalist Helen Thomas until she retired recently," the group said in an e-mail solicitation Friday.

Fox did not get the seat, but it got the upgrade to the front row over Bloomberg and NPR bids. "The board ultimately was persuaded by Fox's length of service and commitment to the White House television pool," said the association.

Originally posted to Julie Gulden, Chairman's Pub Quiz Winner NN11 on Sun Aug 01, 2010 at 04:02 PM PDT.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site