THE SWAMPby Mike Memoli
There’s big news in Washington today about the news.
Okay, it’s mainly just big news for those of us in the news business. But given the fight that developed about which news organization would inherit Helen Thomas’s former seat in the White House briefing room, what usually is an internal battle played out a bit more publicly this year.
Today, the White House Correspondents Association unveiled new seating assignments for news organizations who cover the White House on a regular basis. The headline is that Fox News will now take a front row perch — but not the Thomas seat it publicly angled for.
The Associated Press will take the center position in front of the podium, with Fox obtaining the AP’s former seat. You can see the new layout map after the jump.
* NPR moves from the third row to take Fox’s former seat. Bloomberg, which also vied for the front row perch, remains in the second row.
* America Urban Radio Networks’ April Ryan moves from the fourth row to the middle of the third row. To their right is Politico, which also moves up from fourth to third.
* Moving back from third to fourth is the Washington Times, an outlet with an editorial page very unfriendly to this White House.
* Also moving further from the podium: Hearst/Houston Chronicle, Roll Call (which now will share a seat with the Boston Globe), and Scripps Howard. Moving closer: Congress Daily (which had shared with U.S. News), The Hill, BNA, and the Washington Examiner.
* New outlets with coveted seats include the Financial Times, and a rotating seat for the foreign press pool reporter.
* Tribune, for the record, moves over two seats to the right from its previous spot in the third row.