RedTracker| In a chain of events we doubt she would find amusing, FOX News has been awarded a front-row White House briefing room seat previously occupied by the designated AP reporter, who moved to Helen Thomas’s old seat. National Public Radio will take FOX’s old seat.The decision — having nothing to do with the White House — was made by the White House Correspondents Association.
The 89-year-old columnist resigned abruptly in June amid controversy over videotaped remarks she made calling on Israelis to get “out of Palestine.”
Never shy about expressing her views in the briefing room, Thomas began as a White House correspondent for the wire service United Press International in 1960 and retained the seat after becoming an opinion writer for Hearst in 2000. She abruptly retired after independent filmmaker Rabbi David Nesenoff posted footage of her remarks on Israel on the Web. White House spokeman Robert Gibbs called the comments “offensive and reprehensible,” and Thomas’ press corps colleagues with the White House Correspondents Association issued a rare admonishment calling them “indefensible.” via Huff Po