Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Helen Thomas Exit Sparks Battle of Egos for Her Briefing Room Seat - The Daily Beast

The dean of the White House press corps resigned amid the furor over her Israel comments. Now, the real trouble begins: Richard Wolffe reports on the prickly egos on the beat vying for her front-row perch. Plus, The Daily Beast rounds up blackballed celebrities, from Mel Gibson to Don Imus—and finds out what punishment they were dealt.

The battle over White House press corps dean Helen Thomas’ controversial comments about Israel burned bright and flared out quickly, with Thomas announcing her resignation just hours after the clamor began in earnest. But no sooner had it ended than another, far nastier struggle began: the fight over her coveted front-row center seat in the White House briefing room.

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