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Washington - FOX and Bloomberg Battle Over Who Will Get Helen Thomas's White House Seat

Published on: June 17, 2010 08:01 AM
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FILE - Photographers get pictures of the seat of veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas in the White House briefing room in Washington June 7, 2010. Thomas, who has covered every administration since Eisenhower's and occupies front-row center in the White House briefing room, has resigned after recently making controversial comments on Israel. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueWashington - Who’ll take Helen Thomas’s front-row seat in the White House briefing room? The lobbying is in full swing, with Fox News and Bloomberg News trading passive-aggressive gibes.

In a letter to the White House Correspondents’ Association board, Fox’s Bill Sammon wrote that his network was promised in 2007 it would get the spot when Thomas retired, having come in second to CNN in the seat-jockeying that occurred when the front row was widened. He called Bloomberg “a financial niche news outlet, not a general interest news organization like Fox.”

Oooh! In a letter sent Wednesday, Bloomberg’s Al Hunt and Michael Tackett bristle at the description (“sadly out of date”) and warn the board against “awarding a seat because of earlier sentiments.” Oh, and “Bloomberg started covering the White House full time before Fox News existed.”



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 Jun 17, 2010 at 08:08 AM Anonymous Says:

LOL. We knew this was coming. Whoever is the least anti-semitic should get the seat.

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 Jun 17, 2010 at 09:08 AM Anonymous Says:

I want Fox News to get it, I like Major Garrett.

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 Jun 17, 2010 at 09:28 AM Anonymous Says:

Fox cable is like 10 times bigger then Bloomberg

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 Jun 17, 2010 at 09:40 AM cool masmid Says:

Whoever has a harder time hearing seems to me should get the front row. Its a no brainer.....

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 Jun 17, 2010 at 10:02 AM Anonymous Says:

let fox get the seat they are what we need a conservative reporter in the white house. maybe then we will get some normal news and tough questions out of the white house.

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 Jun 17, 2010 at 10:18 AM Anonymous Says:

Bloomberg should and will get the seat. Fox has become a joke among journalists and Garrett has become a mouthpiece for the right wing zealots who control fox news. We don't need to replace Thomas with another clown.

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 Jun 17, 2010 at 10:43 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Bloomberg should and will get the seat. Fox has become a joke among journalists and Garrett has become a mouthpiece for the right wing zealots who control fox news. We don't need to replace Thomas with another clown.

you sound like a true liberal to me. the white house has plenty of such types of reporters already.

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 Jun 17, 2010 at 02:46 PM Charlie Hall Says:

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Anonymous Says:

you sound like a true liberal to me. the white house has plenty of such types of reporters already.

Actually he is right.

In the latest example, Fox cut the opening statement by the ranking Republican in the BP hearings that are going on now. The statement was probably too embarrasing to the party.

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 Jun 17, 2010 at 05:06 PM PMO Says:

Bloomberg has seniority in the room. That is reason enough. Fox has a seat in the 2nd row.

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 Jun 17, 2010 at 08:19 PM Anonymous Says:

Who cares who gets her seat? Why not focus on the issues she raised? You know, do some actual, real journalism. She was a fantastic journalist, and it's a shame she was forced out for speaking truth to power. Fox "News" has no business even being in that room.

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 Jun 17, 2010 at 11:35 PM Anonymous Says:

If obama is in charge who gets the seat I assume al gazira will get it

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 Jun 18, 2010 at 09:07 AM Anonymous Says:

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Charlie Hall Says:

Actually he is right.

In the latest example, Fox cut the opening statement by the ranking Republican in the BP hearings that are going on now. The statement was probably too embarrasing to the party.

You are getting quite boring with your leftist diatribe.

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