It’s known as the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room, named after President Ronald Reagan’s press secretary who was shot and paralyzed in a 1981 assassination attempt.
If ever there were a spirited game of musical chairs played to the death, it would happen here.
Where you sit in this room determines how many questions you can ask, and this algorithmic hassle is determined by tenure, ratings, and commitment to the cause of covering the White House.
Every one of the 49 chairs is appointed, strategic, and feverishly debated. Recently, the White House Correspondents’ Association recently adjustments to the briefing seating chart, promoting some news organizations and instituting lap-sitting arrangements for others.
Reuters’ White House gaggle reporter Jeff Mason, who ran the review, said in a statement that the changes came after a months-long process.
“The review took months to complete and was approved unanimously by the WHCA board after careful consultation with and input from all of the affected organizations. We’re confident that we’ve made gentle adjustments that give designated spots to the reporters who use them most,” Mason said. “The board reviews press seating and work space on a regular basis. Members of the media are welcome to cover the briefing or work from the White House press area, designated seat or not. We continue to fight for press access for everyone who wishes to cover the White House at the regular briefings and beyond.”