Fox News Moves To Briefing Room Front Row

This is news that doesn’t really matter to, well, anyone outside the White House Briefing Room:

The White House Correspondents Association voted unanimously Sunday afternoon to move Fox News to the front row of the White House briefing room.

The seating change was prompted by the resignation of veteran UPI reporter Helen Thomas.

According to Ed Henry, the senior White House correspondent for CNN and member of the WHCA board, the Associated Press will move to the front-row middle seat formerly occupied by Thomas.

Fox News will replace the AP in its former seat, also in the front row, and NPR, which lobbied for Thomas’ seat along with Fox and Bloomberg News, will take Fox’s former seat in the second row.

Like I said, not news really but it does give me an excuse to post this:

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  1. James Joyner says:

    FWIW, I think they got the musical chairs right.

    Thomas’ chair was UPI’s, not hers.  And AP is far and away the predominant US wire service now.

    FOX is clearly as deserving of a front row seat as any of the networks, given their audience size.

    And NPR is deserving of a seat, certainly, so FOX’s old one is as good as any.

  2. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    Doug, the silliness of your including a commercial shows you will make light of something there are folks who struggled against.  Nothing makes me miss James Joyner’s posts and presence here more than this sites current direction.  The difference is Doug, you make light of something.  Dr. Joyner explains it.

  3. Zels,


    Either you have no sense of humor or you think that the fact that Major Garrett is now sitting one row closer to Robert Gibbs is somehow an item of national importance.

    In either case, I feel sorry for you