MSM White House to charge reporters $170 per COVID test: Report (Everyday)

Cacheman

Ultra MAGA!
Things are really getting weird at the White House, now they don't want their fawning MSM there.....




White House to charge reporters $170 per COVID test: Report
by Haley Victory Smith, Breaking News Reporter |

3-4 minutes


The White House will reportedly begin requiring reporters to pay a proposed $170 per COVID-19 test for each visit, prompting backlash from correspondents who cover the president and other journalists.

Officials in President Biden's team claim these daily tests, which have thus far been paid for by the White House, have become a strain on the budget, according to a Friday report from the Washington Post, which said the White House is expected to implement the change on Monday.

The White House Correspondents' Association has raised objections to the plan, arguing that some news organizations, particularly smaller ones, would be heavily burdened by the cost.

News organizations regularly cover many of the costs associated with covering the White House, including fees for flying on Air Force One and temporary office space for when the president travels. But expenses related to health and safety have typically been covered by the White House.

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"Nobody asked us to pay a fee to put up the fence," one journalist told the outlet, referring to new security barriers around the building's complex. A member of the correspondents' association said the new cost would "means test for White House coverage."

The White House and the WHCA did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner's request for comment on the matter.

Max Tani, a media reporter for the Daily Beast, tweeted in response to the news, "I think part of 'bringing truth and transparency back to the briefing room' is not making it prohibitively expensive for smaller outlets with tight budgets to go to the White House."

"I remember all of DC media getting up in arms when the Trump administration banned single reporters from the White House," Anders Hagstrom, White House correspondent for the Daily Caller, posted. "If this goes into effect, it would effectively ban multiple entire outlets."

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Kaiser Health News reporter Rachana Pradhan tweeted, "I have a lot of questions here but first: What kind of COVID test is the White House using these days where it costs $170 a pop???"

White House officials have reportedly agreed to accept outside COVID-19 tests, but that still will present a significant cost to news outlets, and the details of what types of tests will be accepted remain unclear. Pool reporters, those assigned to travel with the president and share their findings with other reporters, will still be able to receive the tests free of charge.
 

Signwatcher

Veteran Member
Proper Journalism is dead! The way this reads, correspondents will be covering the president and covering other journalists!

The White House will reportedly begin requiring reporters to pay a proposed $170 per COVID-19 test for each visit, prompting backlash from correspondents who cover the president and other journalists.

It SHOULD read:

The White House will reportedly begin requiring reporters to pay a proposed $170 per COVID-19 test for each visit, prompting backlash from correspondents and other journalists who cover the president.

Idiots. They got rid of editors. Nobody is taught proper grammar or how to write.
 

EMICT

Veteran Member
The White House really ought to hire a couple of Chinamen to run that program. Bend em' over and swab em' and see how many want to come back (probably more than one would think).
 

AlfaMan

Has No Life - Lives on TB
I love it. Comrade Joe's politburo have figured out a way to silence freedom of the press in an oblique manner. The WH isn't telling the reporters to not come for briefings; but they're putting a financial strain on the media outlets to the point they can't AFFORD to cover the press briefings. $ 170 for EACH test EACH time they come to the WH?

It's like Stalin silencing the Trotskyites. Hilarious.
 

bassgirl

Veteran Member
what would happen of ALL of the reporters just said no and stopped showing up
That is what they want. To control the narrative, no reporters no narrative to put out there.they can do what they want and no one can ask any questions about it. OR this is how they are eliminating the small guys OANN, Newsweek, the ones they wanted to get rid of anyway, because they are not bias and even lean right.
 

Murt

Veteran Member
That is what they want. To control the narrative, no reporters no narrative to put out there.they can do what they want and no one can ask any questions about it. OR this is how they are eliminating the small guys OANN, Newsweek, the ones they wanted to get rid of anyway, because they are not bias and even lean right.

I agree that they want to try to eliminate the small guys (the ones that tend to not "go along")but they need reporters to "help" spread their narratives and policies
The visual of no one showing up to listen would be a bad for them and their "message"
 

Melodi

Disaster Cat
This is a rather clever and terrifying way for the White House/Biden's Handlers to limit access to the President. By paying for the White House Press Core, they know they will also have "photo op" reporters ready to ask "questions."

They also know that the Big Guys like CNN, FOX, MNSBC, etc will pay for their guys to go in anyway, even if it isn't every day but someone(s) will be there most days.

It has the effect of eliminating smaller press outlets and many of those pesky foreign ones that often report what the US media won't. And by that, I don't just mean a press that might be mildly hostile to the US under any circumstances like say Turkey but places like the United Kingdom or Australia that are mostly US-friendly but also often call things as they see them.

Australia is already reporting on Biden's cognitive problems and some of the UK press have hinted it at.

This is a brilliant way to get reporters they want singing from their own "hymn sheet" without actually banning smaller organizations left or right that they don't like and don't really want around (aka that might actually report that The Emperor has no Cloths."
 

WalknTrot

Veteran Member
Yep...it's the little/alternative outlets that are burdened by something like this.

Daily tests are stupid if masks and social distancing work.... :lol:
Bet all the movers and shakers working at the White House got to cut the line on the vaccines anyway.
Buck up, kiddos.

My guess what's also behind it...they have a complete imbecile as a press secretary. My gawd, she's incompetent. The less coverage for that gal, the better.
 

psychgirl

Has No Life - Lives on TB
I also think some of this is the them actually buying into their own “covid terror brainwashing scheme”... serves em right.

I know people who are still so brainwashed and cowering in fear they won’t leave their homes. This, is what’s been done TO people and I for one will be gloating when the truth comes out.
 

Pinecone

Has No Life - Lives on TB
Since Biden doesn't come out of his basement, and when he does come out to sign EO's he still doesn't comment, there's little to see anyway. It would help to not have press hanging around in case he wanders the halls and makes a major gaff, or someone sees his tether. Fewer press, less chance of the truth coming out. (Fewer bribes to pay.)
 
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