Reporters and journalists who covered the White House during former President Trump’s terms didn’t care much for the 45, while some often engaged in combative back-and-forth exchanges with his press secretaries.
But one thing they didn’t have to worry about in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic: Footing the bill for their daily tests.
You can’t simply walk into any part of the White House these days, and that’s been true for nearly a year; the pandemic has changed a lot about how we live our lives and that’s no different in Washington, D.C. So, for any reporters covering the White House, where, of course, the elderly Joe Biden lives, they have to be tested constantly.
And those tests cost money. A hundred and seventy bucks a pop, in fact.
Reviled as Trump was, at least his administration paid for reporters’ tests; but the Biden regime, whom most of those same reporters no doubt voted for, isn’t going to pay for them. The White House will now require media outlets to pay for the tests, the Washington Post reports, and that’s going to be a tough, expensive pill to swallow for many outlets:
With dozens of journalists at the White House each day, the fees could add up to tens of thousands of dollars flowing from newsrooms, many of them small and cash-strapped, into government coffers.
Until now, the cost of testing has been borne by the White House. But officials there contend that the cost of maintaining the testing regime for nearly a year has strained its budget. So it wants to shift the burden onto news organizations: No test, no entry to the White House.
Enter the ROFL emoji here; this kind of comedy writes itself.
The White House Correspondents’ Association is upset about the cost-shifting and has already lodged objections because of the financial burden it will impose on smaller news organizations.
“It sets up a means test for White House coverage,” one correspondents’ association membersaid of the proposal, which has not yet been formally announced, the Post reported. The source went on to say that no other federal agency charges testing fees.
That may be about to change, obviously.
For the press, though, in the meantime, the costs will be significant. Sometimes, TV networks send as many as eight people per day to the White House grounds to file reports — on-camera personalities; camera operators; producers; other staff. For an eight-person crew that amounts to $1,360 per day if the proposal sticks.
After some prodding from the WHCA, the White House agreed to accept outside tests as an alternative so correspondents could still get in to cover the administration.
But really, none of this should surprise any press members who were around to cover the Obama administration; then, Obama’s FBI and intelligence apparatus spied on reporters, which actually turned out to be very extensive (it should have happened at all, though).
And still, most journalists who cover DC continue to vote for the party that persecutes them the most.