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Update: Fox gets White House briefing room front row seat, AP gets Helen Thomas seat

Helen Thomas kicked off a game of musical chairs when she resigned under fire. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

Who deserved Helen Thomas's front-row seat in the White House briefing room? That was the battle waged since the controversial columnist's sudden retirement this spring, with Bloomberg and Fox News sparring for the spot and NPR making a dark-horse bid. The White House Correspondents' Association on Sunday announced a split decision: Fox will get to join CNN and the broadcast networks in the front -- but the Associated Press will slide over to Thomas's prime center seat. Fox's Bill Sammon said they "look forward to working with our colleagues in the front row" and the rest of the room.

By The Reliable Source  |  August 2, 2010; 1:02 AM ET
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I can't find fault with AP taking over the coveted front-and-center seat, but a first-row seat for Fox? The network fields too many rabid-right voices to properly be called a news organization. Too bad that NPR is so often labeled with the L-word, when the network fields some really important, surprisingly bipartisan, and responsibly reported news coverage. And what word is the albatross around Bloomberg's neck?

Posted by: DianaK1 | August 1, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

If only they'd given the seat to Colbert....

Posted by: Rivery | August 2, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

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