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White House Correspondents’ Association Elects Reuters’ Jeff Mason 2016-17 President

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Jeff Mason, via Twitter

The White House Correspondents’ Association elected Reuters’ Jeff Mason president for 2016-17 over Fox News White House producer Wes Barrett in a vote tallied 172 – 23.

A newspaper seat and a photographer seat of the Association board were filled by The Dallas Morning News‘ Todd Gillman and The New York Times‘ Doug Mills, respectively.

Current president – McClatchy’s Steven Thomma – Tweeted out the news Wednesday. Prior to Mason’s term, The Wall Street Journal‘s Carol Lee will serve as president for the 2015-16 session.

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Group Raises Holy Hell Against Fox News Getting Helen’s Seat – They Prefer NPR to Fox News

A progressive group called CREDO Action is trying to persuade the White House Correspondents’ Association that Fox News is not a legitimate news organization and should not get former White House scribe Helen Thomas‘s front row seat. The board meets Sunday to decide.

Becky Bond, the group’s political director, wrote a scathing letter to members of the WHCA board – they want NPR to get the seat. Bond says that 189,000 people have signed a position saying that “Fox News is a right-wing propaganda operation.”

But Washington Examiner‘s White House correspondent Julie Mason, a WHCA board member, wasn’t impressed. “Smearing our colleagues like this isn’t terribly persuasive,” Mason told FishbowlDC. “The reporters, producers and photographers from Fox News assigned to the White House are some of the best and well-respected in the business. Bloomberg, Fox and NPR made strong cases for moving up in the briefing room, I’m sure the board will have a good debate.”

FishbowlDC has reached out to Fox News PR on this matter. Should we get a response we’ll bring it to you.

Read the anti-Fox News letter after the jump…
(And find out more on CREDO Action – as in, what is it?)

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This Week In Pool Reports

In this week’s episode, the First Dogs frolicked in the snow, Obama wins the little discussed playgroud primary and President Bush loves teasing the poolers.

  • “The pool enjoyed a brief respite from the icy weather when we walked through the White House to the motorcade past a small fragment of spring: dozens of daffodils in tubs awaiting planting. Back into the cold: In the Rose Garden, there was evidence of the First Dogs frolicking in the snow,(pawprints, not yellow snow). But clearly the icy grounds were considered too much for their delicate paws, as in front of the White House there was a specially plowed 20 foot area for them.” — Caroline Daniel, Financial Times

  • The following exchange was overheard by another pooler, between younger boys at the first table, as the president schmoozed elsewhere. Sorry, names weren’t collected.
    1st kid: ‘He’s my favorite president.’ (referring to Bush)
    2d kid: ‘My favorite president is President Obama.’
    1st kid: ‘Who’s that?’
    2d kid: ‘He’s the first black president.’
    Todd Gillman, Dallas Morning News

  • Last note: As we were ushered out of the Oval, Bush took note of New York Times’ photographer Doug Mills’ dome. ‘May I suggest a hat on your bald head?’ Bush joked. ‘He always gives me grief when I don’t have a hat on,’ said Mills. He showed Bush he indeed had a fleece cap; Mills just wasn’t wearing it inside the Oval. ‘Every president since Reagan has made a comment about his bald head,’ mused fellow AP shooter Ron Edmonds.” — Tara Copp, Austin American-Statesman

  • “A day after Barack Obama launched his presidential campaign invoking Abraham Lincoln, President Bush toasted ‘the incredible life of the man who saved the union.’ The occasion was a black-tie dinner in the White House’s State Dining Room marking the Ford’s Theatre’s celebration of the 198th anniversary of nation’s 16th president.” — Finlay Lewis, Copley

  • Bush Loves Bald People

    From today’s pool report:

      Last note: As we were ushered out of the Oval, Bush took note of New York Times’ photographer Doug Mills’ dome.

      “May I suggest a hat on your bald head?” Bush joked.

      “He always gives me grief when I don’t have a hat on,” said Mills. He showed Bush he indeed had a fleece cap; Mills just wasn’t wearing it inside the Oval.

      “Every president since Reagan has made a comment about his bald head,” mused fellow AP shooter Ron Edmonds.