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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Front And Off Center

It almost seemed inevitable.

The White House Correspondents Association voted unanimously Sunday afternoon to move Fox News to the front row of the White House briefing room.

The seating change was prompted by the resignation of veteran UPI reporter Helen Thomas.

According to Ed Henry, the senior White House correspondent for CNN and member of the WHCA board, the Associated Press will move to the front-row middle seat formerly occupied by Thomas.

Fox News will replace the AP in its former seat, also in the front row, and NPR, which lobbied for Thomas' seat along with Fox and Bloomberg News, will take Fox's former seat in the second row.

And right on time, conservatives are already starting to crow. But does this really change who Fox"News" is? Not by a long shot.

While this will likely provide show fodder for the likes of O'Reilly, Hannity, and Beck, the reality is that Major Garrett is no more a "journalist" now than Beck is a theological scholar. Garrett is still going to try and pigeonhole Gibbs and Gibbs is still not going to stand for it. We'll all just get a better look at Garrett's face when he gets his feeling hurt.

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