Who Gets Helen Thomas' Front-Row Seat?

Opening in White House press room ignites speculation
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2010 6:30 PM CDT
Hearst News Service columnist Helen Thomas quizzes President Obama during a news conference at the White House, May 27, 2010. Chip Reid of CBS News is at left. Thomas, 89, abruptly retired Monday.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – Fox News and Bloomberg have already called dibs on the front-row seat in the White House briefing room held for decades by Helen Thomas, but will either one get it? The White House Correspondents Association will make the call, and Thomas, who retired in disgrace today, isn't talking. Pretty much everyone else with even a passing interest is, though. "For Fox to inherit her seat would be a pretty dispiriting coda to the whole affair," Greg Sargent writes for the Plum Line blog.

A blogger would liven things up, says blogger Andrew Sullivan of the Atlantic—but at least one blogger wants NBC in the coveted seat. "Obviously, it should now go to Chuck Todd," writes Dan Amira of New York magazine. And Mediaite declines to take a stand but does supply the current seating chart. For the record, the current front row consists of representatives from NBC, the AP, CBS, ABC, Reuters, and CNN.

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