Fox gets front-row seat in White House press room

The seat of former White House correspondent Helen Thomas, left, is seen in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Saturday, July 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

August 1, 2010 6:37:23 PM PDT
Fox News Channel has been granted a much-coveted front-row seat in the White House briefing room.

The White House Correspondents Association also announced Sunday that The Associated Press' reporter has been moved to the front-row center seat.

That seat was long held by United Press International and Hearst News Service writer Helen Thomas. The 89-year-old Thomas abruptly resigned in June amid controversy over videotaped remarks she made calling on Israelis to get "out of Palestine."

Fox's correspondent will be moved to the front-row seat that was held by the AP. National Public Radio's correspondent will be moved to Fox's old second-row seat.

Fox's upgrade is an acknowledgment of its "length of service and commitment," the association's board said.