WASHINGTON--This is a bit inside baseball, but for those who follow who sits where in the White House briefing room.....
In the wake of the Helen Thomas departure, her front row center seat went to AP. Fox News moved from the second row to the first row, replacing AP in the second seat from the wall.
Among the other moves:
NPR gets the old Fox seat, better real estate than it had. The Chicago Sun-Times happily remains in its aisle seat, by the door (no climbing over people!), in row five.
below, WHCA memo....
The board of the White House Correspondents Association has agreed, by consensus, to move the Associated Press to the front row, center seat in the James S. Brady Briefing Room.
The board further agreed to move Fox News to the front row seat previously occupied by AP, and relocate NPR into the second row seat previously held by Fox, next to Bloomberg News.
It was a very difficult decision. The board received requests from Bloomberg and NPR in addition to Fox for relocation to the front row and felt all three made compelling cases. But the board ultimately was persuaded by Fox's length of service and commitment to the White House television pool.
The board also made a series of adjustments to the larger seating chart, including the addition of a new seat seat for the foreign press pool.
These deliberations mark the third time in four years the board has tackled this issue, and we urge members to view seating room changes as an ongoing process that will be revisited again as our industry evolves.
The changes are effective Monday, August 2. In addition, the board member from NPR abstained from debate of seating assignments for the first two rows.