Wacky Wafers In the White House Briefing Room
There's no more prestigious post for a Washington journalist than to be a member of the White House press corps.
But oddly enough, it isn't just the big network and newspaper hotshots who occupy the coveted seats in the White House briefing room. The real characters there are people like Raghubir Goyal.
Not familiar with that byline? Well, it's not clear anyone is.
Goyal, as he's known, is the Washington correspondent for the India Globe. But you won't find his stories online. The link to his Web site doesn't work, and as Washington Post researcher Alice Crites discovered, there are no stories written by Raghubir Goyal on either Nexis or Factiva.
Still, for decades, on a daily basis, Goyal has shown up in the briefing room with his hand up, usually to ask about U.S. policies toward India and Pakistan. (Once he brought a basket of mangoes for Tony Snow to deliver to President Bush.)
His questions are almost always off topic and rarely, if ever, produce news. (As he says in the video, "I can't go with the flow every day.")
Goyal - a very nice and pleasant guy, by the way, who often extends "greetings" on behalf of his entire country, has been hanging out at the White House since the Carter administration. But his free pass to the hottest history-making spot in town could soon itself become a thing of the past.
The new White House press office faces one of its first challenges with the media this year as White House press passes come up for renewal. As you can see in our video, Goyal isn't the only one whose press credentials may not survive the Obama administration.
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