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Autumn

(45,371 posts)
Mon Mar 1, 2021, 11:57 AM Mar 2021

In between how Trump has energized and is a force in the Republican party I caught this

little nugget on the morning news and nothing more. The Biden administration will be charging reporters $170 for Covid testing, just that at the end of the Trump lick, nothing more. I had to look it up.

The media will prop up that SOB no matter what. Anyone tells you that bastard is done they are a liar.

White House imposes COVID-19 testing fee on reporters in latest step limiting press access

WASHINGTON — The White House is imposing a new $170 COVID-19 testing fee on reporters who want to access the West Wing, in what critics say is the latest step that constrains press coverage of President Biden.

The Biden administration already imposed sweeping restrictions, including capping at 80 the number of pre-approved journalists who are able to access White House grounds on a given day — each of whom must take a COVID-19 rapid test before 1 p.m.

Under former President Donald Trump, any reporter with a “hard pass” was able to breeze past the White House gates at any time and without taking a coronavirus test. But few abused the privilege due to peer pressure to limit visits.

The latest restrictions were announced in an on-the-record email from White House Correspondents’ Association President Zeke Miller, who is a reporter for The Associated Press.

https://nypost.com/2021/02/27/white-house-imposes-covid-19-testing-fee-on-reporters/


IMO this is not a smart thing to do.
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In between how Trump has energized and is a force in the Republican party I caught this (Original Post) Autumn Mar 2021 OP
NY Post...and you believe them? nt Wounded Bear Mar 2021 #1
Yes. Go to the WP it's there, I don't link them because you have to pay and IMO fuck that. Autumn Mar 2021 #2
But you'll link to a right-wing rag to attack the president AZSkiffyGeek Mar 2021 #3
Pointing out how the media covers the presidents actions is a RW attack? Gotcha Autumn Mar 2021 #5
New York Post is a right wing newspaper...should not be linked to. Demsrule86 Mar 2021 #15
So in between the other RW talking points, lapucelle Mar 2021 #4
Attack the source and ignore the message? That was on local news this morning Autumn Mar 2021 #6
There's nothing funny about the right wing spin of Trump's favorite newspaper. lapucelle Mar 2021 #10
There's nothing funny about a segment on local news devoted entirely to Trump and one sentence Autumn Mar 2021 #11
The right wing New York Post's "complaint" is not over anybody's head. N/T lapucelle Mar 2021 #12
Well now you know...Pool reporters will be covered the newspapers instead of taxpayers will pay Demsrule86 Mar 2021 #14
They're trying to limit the press? Bayard Mar 2021 #7
One sentence on the Biden administration after their whole segment on Trump at the Nazi fest. Autumn Mar 2021 #8
Why should taxpayers have to pay for Reporters Covid tests? The papers can pay. Demsrule86 Mar 2021 #13
No, they're not trying to limit the press. Covid testing for the press pool is still covered. lapucelle Mar 2021 #9

lapucelle

(19,151 posts)
4. So in between the other RW talking points,
Mon Mar 1, 2021, 12:17 PM
Mar 2021

You read another right wing talking point.

That’s what you get from the right wing source you link to.

lapucelle

(19,151 posts)
10. There's nothing funny about the right wing spin of Trump's favorite newspaper.
Mon Mar 1, 2021, 03:45 PM
Mar 2021

From a mainstream source with no paywall:

White House to charge reporters for covid tests

WASHINGTON: Journalists and freebies have long gone hand-in-hand under the assumption that scribes do a public good, but that proposition is being put to test by the Biden White House which, starting Monday, will charge reporters $170 for a Covid test every time they come to the White House.

The move has generated a frisson of resentment among journalists who argue that it would sent up a "means test" for the media and hurt smaller organisations for whom a $170 daily fee would be a big ask in tough times.

Health and security measures, they maintain, have typically been the responsibility of the White House — in other words, taxpayers — not news organizations.

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After discussions between the President's aides and the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA), which represents the press corps assigned to cover the President and regulates pool coverage, the White House has now agreed to foot the bill for tests administered to the "press pool" -- the core group selected by WHCA to cover the President.

The White House will also accept proof of an outside test as an alternative condition for entry although metrics for this are still unclear. Cost of private tests in the Washington DC area currently range from $50 to $200 depending on the speed, location and method used.

The US news media has long paid for most aspects of covering the White House, including traveling with the President. Journalists flying on Air Force One are typically billed for air fare, hotels, meals, travel office space etc, money docked from a credit card required to be submitted in advance.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/white-house-to-charge-reporters-for-covid-tests/articleshow/81257895.cms

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The rag the OP links to features a toxic and inaccurate right wing talking point as its headline, so yes, folks are better served by ignoring that "message".

White House imposes COVID-19 testing fee on reporters in latest step limiting press access




Autumn

(45,371 posts)
11. There's nothing funny about a segment on local news devoted entirely to Trump and one sentence
Mon Mar 1, 2021, 03:51 PM
Mar 2021

on the Biden administration. And only 2 newspapers seem to be covering it. Don't like it? Ignore it, I really don't care.

Personally I wanted to discuss why the Biden administration is doing that and why the media is complaining about it now but that seems to be over people heads. So whatever.

Demsrule86

(69,386 posts)
14. Well now you know...Pool reporters will be covered the newspapers instead of taxpayers will pay
Mon Mar 1, 2021, 03:58 PM
Mar 2021

for the other reporters not taxpayers seem fine to me. You should really change this post.

Autumn

(45,371 posts)
8. One sentence on the Biden administration after their whole segment on Trump at the Nazi fest.
Mon Mar 1, 2021, 02:22 PM
Mar 2021

No explanation, no nothing. Just Biden WH charging reporters for Covid tests before being allowed in.

Demsrule86

(69,386 posts)
13. Why should taxpayers have to pay for Reporters Covid tests? The papers can pay.
Mon Mar 1, 2021, 03:57 PM
Mar 2021

Seems like an attack on Biden to me...this article and I am surprised to see it here.

lapucelle

(19,151 posts)
9. No, they're not trying to limit the press. Covid testing for the press pool is still covered.
Mon Mar 1, 2021, 03:24 PM
Mar 2021

Large news organizations will be paying for the testing for extra reporters. Up until now, taxpayers were picking up the tab.

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