Very few people are charged fees to do their jobs. But joining the ranks of hairdressers and strippers may soon be White House reporters. According to reports, the Biden Administration now wants to charge reporters $170 every single time they step foot in the White House.
“Reporters who cover the White House may soon be paying what amounts to an admission fee to do their jobs,” a Washington Post report explains. ” Starting Monday, the White House’s press office said it will start charging journalists for coronavirus tests, which are required for anyone entering the White House grounds.” This puts a squeeze on news organizations, many of which already face budget issues. It also creates an atmosphere where smaller news organizations are priced out of covering the goings-on at the White House altogether. Via WaPo:
“The plan has alarmed the White House Correspondents’ Association, which represents reporters in issues affecting the presidential press corps. The organization has objected to the proposal because of the financial burden it would impose on news organizations, especially smaller ones for whom a $170 daily fee would be onerous. The fees would add up quickly for larger news organizations, too. The TV networks send as many as eight people a day to the White House grounds to report, produce and operate cameras and equipment. It would cost $1,360 a day to test an eight-person crew under the White House plan.”
This is a blatant attempt to use money to silence journalists. “It sets up a means test for White House coverage,” says one correspondents’ association member, who notes that no other federal agency has decided to tax journalists for reporting the truth.
The White House will continue to cover the cost of a small number of reporters assigned to follow the President when he travels and those attending press briefings. But this would number to fewer than a dozen.
Biden’s games must end. He is not trying to keep anyone safe. He is attempting to silence the media — the same thing he accused President Trump of doing. And we Americans should not stand for it.