The battle over Helen Thomas’ seat: Fox News pleads, Bloomberg makes offers


A potentially bitter battle is shaping up at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and members of the White House press corps are completely entrenched in it.

Who will get the front-row center seat in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room? The seat recently vacated by loose-tongued veteran journalist Helen Thomas.

The 89-year-old Thomas, who is of Lebanese descent, was forced to retire and give up her prized seat after making some loaded remarks about Jews and Israel. Now Fox News and Bloomberg News are vying for the chair right in front of White House press secretary Robert Gibbs’ podium — and weapons of mass persuasion are being deployed.
Fox News Washington Managing Editor (and former Examiner White House correspondent) Bill Sammon wrote a three-page memo to the board of the White House Correspondents Association arguing that Fox’s Chief White House correspondent, Major Garrett, should get the coveted chair. The WHCA board decides who gets the spot.

“Our forbearance was bolstered by assurances from the WHCA board that if we were patient and waited our turn, Fox would eventually get its right seat in the front row,” Sammon wrote. “And now that time has come.”

Read More: By: Nikki Schwab and Tara Palmeri, Washington Examiner


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