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Fox News [sic] gets front row White House seat

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Come on, what did we tell them? Does nobody listen to us?

The White House Correspondents Association has decided to move Fox News up to the front row in the briefing room, according to sources familiar with the process.

Oh man!

Wait, I'm being told ClusterFox won't be soiling Helen's chair after all:

However, Fox News will not be taking Thomas's long-held seat in the center.

Phooey. Small consolation. It turns out that the Associated Press is going center, and ClusterFox is taking the AP seat.

Oh, but let's be mature about this. They're just chairs. In a room. With other chairs with people in them.

Okay, I hate it too, but what can we do about it other than write it up in snarky posts and tweets?

For more on who else is playing White House Musical Chairs, go here. (Hint: Politico, the Financial Times, the foreign press...)

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"Fox is a right-wing propaganda outlet, not a legitimate news agency"

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Anyone taking bets on whether or not the White House Correspondents Association will be snookered into giving  ClusterFox a front row seat at the Daily Press Briefings? Helen Thomas's seat is up for grabs. And by seat I mean vacant chair in the briefing room.

The favorites for the coveted spot are, reportedly, Fox, NPR, and Bloomberg News.

CREDO Action, a mobile phone company that sponsors activist campaigns, has an online petition that includes the following (via The Hill):

"FOX News is a right-wing propaganda outlet, not a legitimate news agency [...] It's bad enough that we have to fight the constant smear campaigns and appeals to racial paranoia from FOX and the right-wing media. We can't let them have the best seat in the White House press briefing room and the legitimacy that it confers."

So far there are more than 250,000 signatures on the petition.

I've tried to look at this in an unemotional, detached, fair and balanced kind of way. I've tried to convince myself that bickering over a chair in a room full of chairs filled by others with whom I may not agree is juvenile.

And then I come to my senses.  Helen Thomas, no matter how her career ended, contributed so much, was so bold and relentless in her questions to all the presidents she confronted-- whether a Democrat or Republican-- that to plunk down some news quack in her spot would be a slap in the face to what's left of the press.

ClusterFox does not deliver news, it spreads lies, fear, hatred, and bigotry.

Anyone who attends those briefings should be held to the minimal standards of representing the news [sic] media, not some overpaid mouthpieces for Roger Ailes, Rupert Murdoch, the Tea Baggers, and the GOBP.


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Video- Robert Gibbs on press corps, tv show briefings

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Yes Robert, that's a dead giveaway.

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Video- Gibbs Hammered with Questions, But Says Social Office Not At Fault in Party Crashing

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I'd bet good money (if I had any) that April Ryan is friends with the Social Secretary that was fired.

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