Oh now heeeerrrrreee's another good idea. Let's give current White House reporters the authority to decide who can, or cannot attend and cover White House press briefings and news conferences. The cabal of CNNNewYorkTimesABCNBCCBSReutersAP etc. has witnessed their monolopy to report the news wither away as the new media reaches greater audiences everyday.
Their last gasp was to attack the reporter for Talon News who tossed President Bush a softball at the last press conference. First they attacked him as being a "fake" reporter and using a nom de plume (pen name) . They went on in the darker recesses of lefty caves, chat rooms and coffee houses to smear him far worse.
If they get their way on this, we can expect that we will be treated to more of the slanted questioning the left favors, such as the "reporter" who repeatedly asked President Bush at a news conference last year if he had made "mistakes." They practically gave that guy a Pulitizer.
Apparently, the only good bias is left wing bias and smear.
Inside Politics - The Washington Times: Inside Politics - February 15, 2005: "Leaders of the White House Correspondents' Association plan to meet with President Bush's press secretary today to discuss tightening the White House press-credentialing process, Editor & Publisher magazine reports at its Web site (www.editorandpublisher.com).
The meeting follows the recent uproar over James Guckert, a former White House reporter for the Republican-linked Talon News, who had used the name Jeff Gannon and drawn fire for criticizing Democrats as part of a question to Mr. Bush.
Among the potential changes to the credentialing system: tighter restrictions on who can receive daily press passes, such as those Mr. Guckert obtained, and a more active role by the WHCA in approving requests for credentials, which are now handed out solely by the White House Press Office, reporter Joe Strupp writes. "