After lobbying from Fox, Bloomberg News and NPR, the White House Correspondents Association has chosen Fox News to fill the front row seat left empty by Helen Thomas’ retirement, reports TVNewser.com.
The decision was "very difficult," according to a statement from the White House Correspondents Association. "[A]ll three made compelling cases. But the board ultimately was persuaded by Fox’s length of service and commitment to the White House television pool," the group said, according to the story.
Fox News White House correspondent Major Garrett will take the seat, the article adds. Other seating changes were made, including adding a seat for the foreign press pool, the story says.