AP Scores Helen Thomas Seat, Fox Gains Front Row

Musical chairs in the White House press briefing room
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
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Posted Aug 2, 2010 7:10 AM CDT
Veteran White House journalist Helen Thomas asks a question of President Barack Obama during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, in this photo taken Thursday, May 27,...   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – The coveted Helen Thomas seat in the White House press briefing room went to the AP yesterday, upsetting all three news organizations who'd been lobbying for it—Fox, Bloomberg, and NPR. But Fox moved up to the front row, into the old AP seat, and NPR moved into Fox's vacated second-row seat. The Fox win was interpreted as payback for Fox yielding to CNN the last time a front-row seat was available, in 2007, reports Politico.

The White House Correspondents Association vote yesterday also awarded the Financial Times a regular seat, and dropped US News & World Report.

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