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WorldNetDaily wants respect!

The venerable (in online terms) far-right news site takes legal action to demand three tables -- which it says it will gladly pay for -- at the May 1 White House Correspondents' Dinner. It's only been allotted one table. Unacceptable, says the lawsuit.

This year, for instance, WND was among the first to order tables at the event and it ordered three tables. WND was led to believe by the WHCA that it would get three tables. WND needed three tables in order to bring its personnel and distinguished guests to the event, as this was the anniversary of Les Kinsolving's tenure as a distinguished White House correspondent, and his daughter, Kathleen Kinsolving Willmann, has just written a book about his career, entitled "Gadfly." The three tables were thus necessary to celebrate the occasion and because WND has become over the years a major publication.

Kinsolving, a mainstay in the White House press corps, is sometimes called on at briefings because Obama's handlers know he'll ask a fringe question about Barack Obama's citizenship, turning attention away from whatever pressing issue other reporters are asking Robert Gibbs about. A single table might seem like enough for an organization that has, in the Obama era, experienced a traffic surge with a mixture of conspiracy theories and activist stunts. And here's the latest stunt.

By David Weigel  |  April 14, 2010; 8:40 AM ET
Categories:  Fringe  
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