Who Gets Helen Thomas’s White House Seat?
I wondered about this, and am hoping that Al Hunt gets the approval. He is a superb writer and reporter. His days on CNN’s “The Capital Gang” still bring smiles. Besides he is married to one of my favorites in the business. Since FAUX News is not an actual news operation, but is simply a PR branch of a politcal party, they have no right to even suggest the seat should be one they have.
Who’ll take Helen Thomas’s front-row seat in the White House briefing room? The lobbying is in full swing, with Fox News and Bloomberg News trading passive-aggressive gibes. In a letter last week to the White House Correspondents’ Association board, Fox’s Bill Sammon wrote that his network was promised in 2007 it would get the spot when Thomas retired, having come in second to CNN in the seat-jockeying that occurred when the front row was widened. He called Bloomberg “a financial niche news outlet, not a general interest news organization like Fox.” Oooh! In a letter sent Wednesday, Bloomberg’s Al Hunt and Michael Tackett bristle at the description (“sadly out of date”) and warn the board against “awarding a seat because of earlier sentiments.” Oh, and “Bloomberg started covering the White House full time before Fox News existed.”