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The Wall Street Journal
Helen Thomas‘s blue-padded seat in the front row of the White House briefing room has barely cooled, but her former colleagues in the press are already climbing over each other to fill it.
Ms. Thomas’s abrupt retirement in the wake of controversial remarks has touched off a scramble for the prime news real estate she has occupied since the Reagan administration. News organizations with grand ambitions are trying to shove their way into the former doyenne’s reserved seat, while smaller outlets lobby for any chair that such a move might leave empty. The smallest media, meantime, are just trying to get somewhere–anywhere–to sit down during press conferences. More…