[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/08/01/art.htseat0801.gi.jpg caption="The White House Correspondents Association has decided which media outlet gets the prime seat in the White House briefing room once held by Helen Thomas."]
(CNN) - The Associated Press has won the political version of musical chairs, beating out Fox News, Bloomberg and National Public Radio to win the coveted front row, center seat of the White House briefing room left vacant by Helen Thomas' retirement in June, the White House Correspondents Association announced Sunday.
The change will take effect Monday, the association said.
Fox effectively came in second in the battle - the subject of weeks of speculation on such Inside the Beltway blogs as Politico. The network will move from its current second-row position into AP's former front row seat, while NPR will now move into the second row next to Bloomberg vacated by Fox.
Faux propaganda and hate spewers shouldn't even be allowed in the U.S., much less the WH briefing room.
DO NOT give them validity.
Thank god they gave that seat to some 'real' journalist. Giving it to Fox News would have been another blow to true democracy.
With AP promoting everything that Obama puts forth it easy enough to see why they were awarded this seat.I don't think i've seen one single negative story criticizing this president from this group in all the months he's been in office. I guess they're happy with the economy.
anybody but faux news.....too bad Ed Henry
Any surprise why Fox wasn't selected?
I thought the briefing room was for news organizations, not radical terrorist media such as fox?
AP has been around for decades as a news organization and nothing but a news organization, and its seating is appropriate. Fox has been treated fairly, which will not prevent its partisans from saying it has not.
They beat out Fox "News"? That's great. I assume that the AP is MUCH more a news organization and we'll get some decent stories. Congratulations!