White House Press Corps

White House Press Corps

The White House press corps (or the White House press pool) is the group of journalists or correspondents usually stationed at the White House to cover White House press briefings and press releases.

The press briefings take place in the White House Press Room. There is no equivalent to the British Parliament's press gallery at the White House, either as the name of a place or a group of journalists, although at the U.S. Capitol journalists do occupy galleries of their own in the chambers of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. Journalists who specialize in covering the upper and lower house of the U.S. Congress are known as congressional correspondents.

The White House correspondents have often come under criticism for not challenging the people they cover more directly and for shirking its Fourth Estate responsibility. "The press in Washington got us into the Iraq War as much as the people that are controlling it," said legendary journalist Gay Talese in an interview. "They took information that was second-hand information, and they went along with it. It wasn't only the Judy Millers who got credit for being in the pocket of Ahmed Chalabi and and the rest of those people. All of them. The "New York Times" bureau, not only Miller, but all of them." [ [http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Gay_Talese_on_the_state_of_journalism%2C_Iraq_and_his_life Interview with Gay Talese] , David Shankbone, "Wikinews", October 27, 2007.]

The White House Press Secretary or a deputy generally holds a daily public news briefing.

Notable press people

*Helen Thomas
*Martha Raddatz of ABC News
*Jim Axelrod of CBS News
*David Gregory of "NBC News"
*David Broder" of "The Washington Post"
*Mike Allen of "TIME"
*Richard Wolffe of "Newsweek"
*Les Kinsolving of "WorldNetDaily"
*Rob Reynalds of "Al Jazeera English"

See also

*Canberra Press Gallery


External links

* [http://www.whitehousepresscorps.org/ "White House Press Corps.org" home page. Daily Adventures with the White House Press Corps, in their own words.] .

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