I suppose as a reward for their excellent achievements in propaganda, Fox News has been given their deserved prize:
The White House Correspondents Association is moving Fox News up to the front row in the briefing room, according to sources familiar with the process. The WHCA board’s decision was unanimous. [It’s now confirmed; see update below]
Since veteran journalist Helen Thomas retired, three news organizations—Fox News, Bloomberg News, and NPR—have argued that they should move to the front row. Fox News will join the broadcast networks and CNN up front.
However, Fox News will not be taking Thomas’s long-held seat in the center.
The Associated Press moves to the center under the new set-up, with Fox News taking the wire service’s spot in the front row. (The Upshot reported last week on briefing room speculation that this is how the move would play out).
It’s just obscene to reward them, but as we know, in the beltway, this isn’t about journalism. But Mistermix is, I guess, right. Who cares about these people. It isn’t like any news has ever been broken in the briefing room.