DC is coming out of a devastating heat wave, but we’re five days away from ending another event: which outlet inherits the seat that Helen Thomas built.
There’s only two groups in contention for the seat: Fox News and Bloomberg News. The former is cashing in a chit from the last White House Correspondents Association reshuffle, which it gave up a front-row seat to CNN in 2007 with the handshake deal that it would take the next opening. Bloomberg’s Al Hunt recently came in an 11th hour plea that the recently expanding news organization be granted Thomas’ seat. The entire argument came out earlier in June with letters from Hunt and Fox News’ Washington Managing Editor Bill Sammon were sent to the WHCA.
Of course, no one would say anything until the reorganization, which’ll become official on Friday. So while the temperature and humidity may have eased up on the Beltway, we can only expect negotiations for the coveted front row seat will become muggier and hotter than they had been.
An informal poll from Fishbowl DC found Fox News should get the chair over Bloomberg, but another 25 percent believed yet another outlet should get it.
Of course, below is the full seating chart from WHC Insider, which we’ll have to change in a few days. But who do you think will take the seat: Bloomberg, Fox or some third dark horse lurking in the shadows? Leave it in the comments.