There has been a strong uprising with the White House press corps after the Trump administration showed interest in evicting them from the west wing ‘residence.’
The White House usually runs daily updates and meetings in the James Brady Press Briefing Room, but it’s also located near the Oval Office and the press secretary’s office. This gives all press access to the administration. The wing also holds numerous offices where those press members can work.
The White House Correspondents Association is irate about the potential of being kicked out. The association’s president, Jeff Mason, is actively speaking out about the decision:
“We object strenuously to any move that would shield the president and his advisers from the scrutiny of an on-site White House press corps.”
“The briefing room is open now to all reporters who request access. We support that and always will,” he added. “The WHCA will fight to keep the briefing room and West Wing access to senior administration officials open.”
The potential of a move was first reported by Esquire who also revealed some other possibilities for the press. One such possibility, according to Esquire, was that the press would be moved offsite to allow more press to access Trump.
New locations within the White House are also being considered for new press areas one of which includes the White House Conference Center which is just down from the White House.
Mason is still against the move despite having more access because being directly in the White House gives press critical information that is required for journalists being successful. Mason’s concerns were covered with Trump Administration Press secretary, Sean Spicer.
In a statement by the Washington Examiner, Mason addressed his concerns:
“The White House Correspondents’ Association has always advocated for increasing access and transparency for the benefit of all news outlets and the public,” Mason said of the meeting, according to the Examiner. “I emphasized the importance of the White House press briefing room and noted that it is open to all journalists who seek access now.”
“I made clear that the WHCA would view it as unacceptable if the incoming administration sought to move White House reporters out of the press workspace behind the press briefing room,” he added. “Access in the West Wing to senior administration officials, including the press secretary, is critical to transparency and to journalists’ ability to do their jobs.”
Although there is no concrete statement saying the press will be moved, Spicer has told Esquire that the change is a serious possibility.
What do you think about changing the location of the journalists? Do you agree with the move?