MoveOn Joins Campaign Against FNC Getting Helen’s Seat; NPR Rejects Campaign


The heated campaign against FNC getting Helen Thomas’s front-row White House seat is escalating. has issued a letter to members backing the progressive group CREDO Action’s petition against FNC. Like CREDO, they’re backing NPR for the seat. But now, NPR has released a statement saying they won’t back the effort against FNC that supports NPR getting the seat: “NPR would like to make it clear that we are not involved in any way in the petitions now circulating that encourage the White House Correspondents’ Association to select NPR for the lead White House correspondent seat.”

The MoveOn statement begins, Dear MoveOn Member…

“As early as Sunday, the White House Correspondents’ Association will decide which news organization will be awarded a recently-vacated front-row center seat in the White House briefing room.

The contenders? National Public Radio, Bloomberg News-and Fox.

Yes, Fox-which we all know is actually a tool in the right-wing propaganda machine, not a legitimate news organization. They simply don’t deserve the best seat in the White House briefing room-a seat held for years by journalist Helen Thomas until she retired recently.

So we’re joining our friends at CREDO Action to petition the Correspondents’ Association to award the seat to a real, public news organization: NPR.”