White House Reporters Become Campaigners

By Andrew Gauthier 

Washington Post

Bloomberg reporter Hans Nichols used his time in the White House briefing room before press secretary Robert Gibbs’s Tuesday afternoon spin session to do some politicking of his own.

“The basic issue for me is access,” Nichols said as he crouched down next to Victoria Jones, a correspondent for Talk Radio News Service, and, of great consequence, an uncommitted voter in the White House Correspondents’ Association. Nichols, dressed in crisp white shirt and blue power tie, spoke in confiding and confident terms about the injustice of White House correspondents’ dinner seating arrangements, the need for “newsy” background meetings and early-morning gaggles, the disrespect shown toward the press by interminable delays. More…