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CNN must be in the front row

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 17th 2007 3:06PM

CNN logoBoth CNN and Fox News were fighting to get a seat in the front row of the new White House press briefing room, and CNN has won.

The White House Correspondents Association decided to give the front row seat to CNN "based on CNN's 27 years of covering The White House, as well as the resources it brings to the in-town and travel pool, and its daily prescence at the briefings."

CNN wasn't the only winner. Veteran journalist Helen Thomas, who was knocked back to the second row to make way for the cable news outlets recently, will get back her front row seat. The association has decided to honor a commitment they made to Thomas years ago. She has been covering The White House since the early 60s.

The new White House briefing room will be ready in June. (And if anyone isn't sure what that headline means, I'm referring to an old commercial with Bob Uecker.)

[via TV Newser]

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David

Well shows how much I watch these things, and no one ever does anyway. The best seats are in the back with the camras because then they might get a part of your head.

And after seeing that list this news story sucks. All librals giving librals a seat? No way!

March 18 2007 at 7:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LC

David, the Whitehouse administration does not choose this, but rather a board made up of almost a dozen news organizations.

March 18 2007 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
beerman68

if you people read the news story right ... The White House Correspondents Association decided to give the front row to the cnn loons .

2007 White House Correspondents Association Board

Steve Scully - C-SPAN (President)
Ann Compton - ABC News (Vice President)
Jennifer Loven - Associated Press (Treasurer)
Peter Maer - CBS News (Secretary)
Steve Holland - Reuters
Doug Mills - The New York Times
Kenneth Walsh - US News & World Report
Ken Herman - Cox Newspapers
Mike Allen - The Politico

March 18 2007 at 11:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Doug Stewart

Can you imagine this conversation?

"Hey Martha! CNN is in the front row in the White House Press Room! Let's watch them instead of Fox News!"

I thought not.

I'm certain this Administration would never do anything to prop up CNN's ratings.

And broadcasters are just as much journalists as print or online. Every medium has it strong and weak points.

March 18 2007 at 11:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David

Why would the White House care about CNN's ratings? If anything it would have made more sense to give it to Fox because Fox eats whatever the hell the White house gives them.

A better question is, what the hell does this have to do with TV? No one watches these things anyways.

March 18 2007 at 11:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GhaleonQ

Why not, you know, actual journalists for, um, newspapers?

March 18 2007 at 12:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
beerman68

Veteran left wing loon Helen Thomas

"based on CNN's 27 years of covering The White House" yeah right, they just wanted to prop up cnn. because their ratings are dropping.

March 17 2007 at 10:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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