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File under "just so you know" — guidelines for White House press credentials

The wingnut Washington Times has a blurb on yesterday’s meeting between the White House Correspondents’ Association and Scotty McClellan. No one decided to change anything about how press room reporters are credentialed, BTW. Anyway, the bit of news in was what the guidelines actually are for credentials. Neither side asked for any changes in their little discussion. Big surprise, huh? Well, take a look. Budding reporter and rent boy “Jeff Gannon” didn’t make the cut on the criteria.

Under nonmandatory guidelines from the Clinton administration, which are sometimes bent by the White House and by news organizations, reporters seeking a permanent White House “hard pass” must:

  1. Work for a news organization with a Washington bureau.
  2. Be certified by the organization’s executives as a regular correspondent.
  3. Demonstrate a need to be at the White House on a daily basis.
  4. Live in the Washington area.
  5. Be a member of the congressional press gallery.

Mr. McClellan said he reiterated the administration stance in yesterday’s meeting that the White House should not be deciding which reporters get in. “I certainly don’t think it’s the press secretary’s role to get into picking and choosing,” he said in a telephone interview.

Jeff fills out the form

  1. Work for a news organization with a Washington bureau.
  2. [uh…check.]

  3. Be certified by the organization’s executives as a regular correspondent.
  4. [uh…check.]

  5. Demonstrate a need to be at the White House on a daily basis.
  6. [uh…check. I have plenty of “appointments”]

  7. Live in the Washington area.
  8. [uh…check.]

  9. Be a member of the congressional press gallery. [uh…check.]


Ding ding ding…here’s your pass, Jeff, love Scotty.

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