Joe Biden's administration is seeking to charge reporters a $170 fee to do their jobs covering the White House.
"Reporters who cover the White House may soon be paying what amounts to an admission fee to do their jobs. 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," The Washington Post reports. "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."
The plan has alarmed journalists.
"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 newspaper reported. "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."
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