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CNN’s Ed Henry to Vote for Fox News to get Front Row Briefing Room Seat

Henry_6.9.jpgTVNewser has learned CNN White House correspondent and White House Correspondents Association officer Ed Henry will vote for Fox News to take over the front row White House briefing room seat vacated earlier this week with the abrupt resignation of Helen Thomas.

Henry is one of three officers on the WHCA, the others being Ed Chen of Bloomberg and David Jackson of USA Today. Other board members include Doug Mills of The New York Times, Steve Scully of C-SPAN, Don Gonyea of NPR, Julie Mason of the DC Examiner and Caren Bohan of Reuters.

CNN only got a front row seat after the renovations of the James S. Brady briefing room in 2007. CNN was awarded the seat due to seniority — 27 years on the air at the time. We’re told Fox News supported the move then. And now, as the #1 cable news network and almost 14 years on the air, this may be FNC’s time.

Bob Schieffer Pinch-Hits After Helen Thomas Dropped as Graduation Speaker

SchiefferB.jpgCBS Newsman Bob Schieffer will now be the commencement speaker at Sunday’s graduation at Bethesda, Maryland’s Walt Whitman High School.

That honor was supposed to go to former Hearst News Service White House correspondent Helen Thomas. The school dropped Thomas after her controversial comments about Jews living in Israel.

Whitman principal Alan Goodwin describes Schieffer as a “journalist of prominent stature in the community.”

Earlier: Helen Thomas Retiring

Stewart on Helen Thomas: ‘That Joke Killed When She Told It to Moses’

John Stewart opened “The Daily Show” broadcast last night with his take on the Helen Thomas situation from over the weekend:

The NY Daily News has more today on media orgs pitching to get Thomas’ old seat, with a decision that could be made as early as Thursday.

Meanwhile, Fox New’s Brit Hume explained today that when Thomas went to Hearst from UPI, the seat was supposed to go to FNC, but Thomas was allowed to keep it out of respect. Now, he feels the seat should finally go to FNC and Major Garrett.

More: Helen Thomas Retiring

Helen Thomas Retiring

Breaking: Helen Thomas, who has covered the White House since the late days of the Eisenhower administration, has resigned her post effective immediately. 89-year-old Thomas, who was currently working for the Hearst news service, leaves amid a firestorm of controversy after comments made late last month in which she said Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine.” Developing…


The front-row seat held by Helen Thomas was empty at this morning’s White House briefing. (via WaPo)

> Update: A story from the Hearst news service after the jump…

> Earlier: Helen Thomas Reaction: ‘Outrageous, Indefensible, Just Shocking’


• Drudge Report banner: HELEN SENT TO POLAND.

@edhenrycnn Tweets: The retirement came shortly after the board of the WH Correspondents Association, which I sit on, put out strong statement on Thomas… Statement adds Helen has not been member of WHCA for years, but given her special status in briefing room we wanted to “speak out strongly.”

Greg Sargent at WaPo reports that Bloomberg and Fox News had been in a “behind-the-scenes ‘death match’” over Thomas’ seat even before the recent controversy.

POLL: Should Fox News get the front row seat left vacant by Thomas? Vote after the jump…

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Helen Thomas Reaction: ‘Outrageous, Indefensible’, ‘Just Shocking’

Helen Thomas.jpgThe fallout continues in the wake of comments made last week by veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas.

In an interview with a blogger, Thomas said Jews should “get the hell out” of Israel and “go home” to Poland, Germany, or America. Yesterday, Thomas apologized for her statements.

Reaction this weekend:
• Entertainment agency Nine Speakers, Inc. has announced that it is dropping Thomas as a client. The firm “is no longer able to represent Ms. Thomas, nor can we condone her comments on the Middle East”.

• On FNC’s Huckabee, Mike Huckabee called Thomas’ remarks “outrageous, anti-Semitic, racist, indefensible. She says that the Jews ought to go home? Helen, they are home. Read Genesis 15, Exodus 23, Numbers 34 — that’s why they are where they are. Helen, I’ve got a suggestion: maybe it’s time for you to go home.”

• Thomas was a topic of discussion on CNN’s Reliable Sources this morning, with Howard Kurtz calling Thomas’ comments “just shocking”.

After the jump, more reaction from columnists and tvnewsers…

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Helen Thomas Apologizes for Suggesting Jews should ‘Get the Hell Out of Palestine’

Veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas “regrets” comments she made last week that went viral yesterday. At a Jewish Heritage Celebration last week at the White House, Thomas was asked her comments on the situation in the Middle East. Listen:

On her website, Thomas apologizes, sort of:

“I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians. They do not reflect my heartfelt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon.”

Thomas’ comments haven’t gotten much play on the cable news networks, but they have got the blogosphere buzzing. Former White House press secretary Ari Fleisher says Thomas “should lose her job over this,” telling Huffington Post’s Sam Stein: “As someone who is Jewish, and as someone who worked with her and used to like her, I find this appalling.”

Obama Meets the Press, First Question to FNC’s Major Garrett


Pres. Obama made a rare appearance at the daily press briefing today taking questions from the assembled White House Press Corps, with the first question going to Fox News correspondent Major Garrett. The second went to ABC’s Jake Tapper.

The last press time Pres. Obama had a full scale news conference was in July. Just yesterday, The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz spoke with members of the press corps who were not happy with the lack of access to Obama. “It’s a source of great frustration here,” said CBS’s Chip Reid.



> 1:48pm: After the third question, Obama says he’ll take two more questions… “I just want to be sure I’m getting a balance here,” says the president who then calls on NBC’s Chuck Todd. Todd’s colleagues groan. “He’s too good, his questions are going to be too precise,” says a colleague.

> 1:53pm: ABC News Radio’s Ann Compton got the last question. “Thank you for doing this, it’s been a while,” says Compton.

> 1:59pm: Obama takes one more question related to jobs.

> More: The briefing became a Twitterpalooza. As NBC’s Savannah Guthrie snapped a Twitpic of Garrett asking his question, White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton tries to keep the press corps to focused.

> More, more: No Helen Thomas in the front row. “I guess she’s snowed in,” speculates an insider.

The view from Savannah’s seat, after the jump…

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The World Through Mike Emanuel’s Eyes

Fox News White House correspondent Mike Emanuel snapped this shot and uploaded it to his Facebook page during today’s White House briefing. Emanuel, in the second row, sits right behind Helen Thomas.


Newsers Turn Out For Helen Thomas-Craig Crawford Book Party

DC 014.jpgTVNewser was there as friends and colleagues feted veteran newswoman Helen Thomas and MSNBC political analyst Craig Crawford at their book party in Washington, DC last night. The pair have collaborated on Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do.

Crawford, also a Congressional Quarterly columnist, tells TVNewser he recently re-upped with MSNBC. Network colleague Andrea Mitchell was in attendance, as were CNN correspondents Suzanne Malveaux and Dan Lothian, and CNN political director Sam Feist.

Listen Up, Mr. President… explores the “qualities, attitudes, and political and personal choices that make for the most successful leaders, and the least.”

More photos after the jump…

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The Video Wall: White House v. Fox News

> Bill O’Reilly devoted last night’s Talking Points Memo to why “President Obama is so mad at Fox News.”

> Sean Hannity also discussed that topic, calling the strategy “cynical,” “manipulative,” and “an abuse of power.” He also said the administration “doesn’t believe in a free press whose job it is to challenge those in power.”

> Greta Van Susteren commented on the remark that “Fox News is not really news,” saying: “Maybe all this time ‘On the Record has been doing an entertainment show and we didn’t know it.” She then showed a montage of some of her hard news reporting.

> Helen Thomas says the White House should “stay out of these fights” and added, “You can’t kill the messenger.”

Video Wall* below:

*Communications arm of the future.