As our editor Cliff Kincaid mentioned on a Bias Buzz podcast several weeks ago, President-Elect Donald Trump should consider putting online conservative media, such as Accuracy in Media, into the White House briefing room. Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary for George W. Bush, echoed similar sentiments in the Wall Street Journal:
The Associated Press, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and Fox News, for example, sit in front-row seats that have their names on them. The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, the Washington Post and NPR sit right behind them. While approximately 750 reporters hold White House credentials, the briefing room holds 49 seats, and they are occupied overwhelmingly by mainstream media reporters, with barely any assigned to the new dot-com world.
The White House press secretary used to decide who got what seats, but this authority was given to the White House Correspondents Association in the middle of the George W. Bush administration. Nothing prohibits the incoming administration from taking it back. The valuable West Wing real estate occupied by the White House press corps isn’t the property of the press. It belongs to the U.S. government.