Update: All signatures and comments received as of 12:30 p.m. ET on July 31, have been delivered to the officers and members of the board of the White House Correspondents Association. We will continue to attempt to deliver signatures until the meeting occurs on Sunday, August 1.
On August 1st, the White House Correspondents Association will decide which news organization will be awarded the seat recently vacated by Helen Thomas. The news organizations most actively vying for the seat are FOX, NPR and Bloomberg News.
Tell the White House Correspondents Association: Give the best seat in the briefing room to NPR, not FOX!
FOX News is a right-wing propaganda outlet, not a legitimate news agency. In recent weeks the network has turned the volume up on its race-baiting political agenda. The media assault on Shirley Sherrod is just a latest in a series of racist and politically motivated attacks on targets like Van Jones, ACORN, and Eric Holder's Department of Justice.
It's bad enough that we have to fight the constant smear campaigns and appeals to racial paranoia from FOX and the right-wing media. We can't let them have the best seat in the White House press briefing room and the legitimacy that it confers.
Demand that a representative of a legitimate news agency get Helen Thomas' White House Briefing Room seat, not a right-wing shill from FOX.
NPR has had a full time White House correspondent since the 1970s. The public radio network regularly reaches 27 million listeners with its news programming.
The Board of the White House Correspondents Association will make its final decision during its upcoming board meeting on Monday, August 2. So it's urgent that we take action on behalf of NPR now.
Tell the White House Correspondents Association: NPR deserves to be in the front row, FOX does not.