April 12, 2021

White House to charge reporters $170 for COVID-19 tests to attend press briefings

So much for bringing “truth and transparency back to the briefing room,” as White House press secretary Jen Psaki said shortly after President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

That’s because according to the Daily Caller, the White House will reportedly move forward with charging White House reporters a staggering $170 to enter the grounds and briefing room in order to pay for a COVID-19 test, which is required before entering the premises.

So, how might that affect the “truth and transparency” promise? Critics of the $170 COVID testing fee say that many smaller media outlets simply can’t afford to shell out that kind of money for their reporters on a daily basis just to cover the Biden administration, which should obviously be free of charge.

That could theoretically squeeze out those smaller outlets, many of which are conservative-leaning, and turn into a possible situation where only major, mainstream media companies can foot the bill and essentially have some level of exclusive coverage.

Defending the possible upcoming fees for testing, the White House has argued that paying for daily COVID-19 tests for dozens of journalists each day has “strained its budget.”

The move has already garnered the attention of the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA), which is the group that oversees reporters who cover the White House and the various policies involved. The group has already lodged objections to the COVID-19 testing fees.

The White House has reassured media outlets that it will continue to pay for the COVID-19 tests for reporters assigned to the White House press pool, which rotates on a monthly basis between outlets.

It was also noted that former President Donald Trump authorized payment for COVID-19 testing for all reporters on a daily basis during his last months in office.

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88 Responses

  1. What is happening now is the biggest SCANDEL in the AMERICAN HISTORY. The democrats showed their TRUE COLOR and yet they think they are the GOD’s but instead they are the true TERRORISTS.

    1. The Demonrats are truly evil, and this country is in big trouble! I have been banned from Facebook by that piece of crap, Zuckerberg, because I tell the truth about what is really going on in this country! If Trump were to run again in 2024, he would likely win the nomination, but so what? This country is coming under communist control, where elections are rigged, as it was for Biden, and the communists will rig the 2024 election also! God help this country!

  2. Democrat Secretaries of State and partisan judges illegally changed election law???? I wish to make a correction, everyone keeps saying the democrats changed the election laws. Well! I for one disagree, they did not change the election laws. we need to call things as they are, they could not change the laws because that is give to the state legislatures by the constitution, so the only way they could change the law was for them to break the laws. Now for those that don’t understand what this means, is that These people committed a criminal act, by circumventing the legislature. This means that these people must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

    1. They cheated the American people out of their legal right to vote for the person of their choice. Their right to an honest election.

    2. I agree and am waiting patiently to see someone, anyone arrest everyone of them with their hand in the cookie jar for those crimes and so many more.

  3. SO NOW THE NEWS REPORTERS HAVE TO PAY $170.OO FOR COVID TESTING IN ORDER TO ATTEND WH BRIEFINGS….BUT TAXPAYERS CAN FOOT THE BILL FOR MILLIONS TO PAY FOR THE 24/7 ENDLESS MARTIAL LAW PRESENCE…AT OUR CAPITOL!

    WHAT’S THE BIG PROBLEM? DOESN’T BIG GOV’T. KNOW HOW TO WEAR MASKS, KEEP 6 FT. OF DISTANCE, SANITIZE HANDS AND SURFACES? SEEMS TO BE WORKING FOR THE MAJORITY OF US OUT HERE IN THE REAL WORLD.

    THIS IS ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS AND THE MOST EFFECTIVE IDEA THE DEMS HAVE HATCHED YET!!!

    DOES THIS MEAN THE MAIN LINE MEDIA CAN BE DETERRED SO WE CAN DISPENSE WITH THE VOLUMINOUS NOISE POLLUTION OF THEIR WORTHLESS FAKE NEWS?

    1. Haven’t the Liberals already used so much of the Tax payers money…. Living free in the W.H. We should charge them Rent.
      PRESIDENT TRUMP never took a salary.
      Media: Ignore them; We are not interested in what they say or do. It’s all take News.

  4. So don’t turn up! Why bother?, journalists know full well they will get no straight answers just the same old warmed over political mush, unless of course they are Biden Supporters, and they are dwindling by the hour.

    1. The Biden Administration is just going to “Circle back to that”!!! No answers, just more BS. Which is just what the MSM has been doing for the last 40 years, being the lap dogs for the Demoncrap Party.

  5. Typical of democrats. Their raping of the public has just begun. Stopping the pipeline and drilling of federal land has raised gas prices thru the roof. In our area, the price of gas has gone from $2.00 a gallon the $2.80 cents a gallon. And Biden has only been in office a couple of months. Why does he want to give money to people that hate us?

  6. This is a great way to ensure no one will attend those “briefings.” I’m not sure it makes much difference; the media has been careful to censor anything negative about the current administration anyway. So, is Biden turning on his own? Is this his way of showing them that they aren’t “Inner Circle?” He’s separating his “peons” from the rich elite. I’ve been saying that this is fast becoming a Totalitarian Dictatorship, though poor Old Joe doesn’t have the sense to know what is going on. I suspect that Xi Jinping is calling all of the shots these days.

  7. BIDEN IS A RACIST, HE’S NOT PREJUDICE , HE SCREWS HIS OWN SUPPORTERS ! HE SO USE TO PAY FOR PLAY, SO HE WANTS HIS END ! MAGA!

  8. the fact that his family knowing his mental condition is a disgrace to say that his family did not speak up to not have him run, this is not what they wanted for him its that BLM and they knew that Karmella would never have gotten elected especially after giving Obama two trys at it, OH WELL ITS POLITICS AS USUAL and the Democrats will get away with this because there better crooks then the republicans BUT WHERE IS CONGRESS AND OUR SENATORS ARENT THEY SUPPOSE TO BE PROTECTING OUR CONSTITUTION well nobody stood up for prayer in school or the in god we trust so how do w eexpectthem to defend our constitution its a sad sad world here when they let people tear our history/ statues down because there to ignorant to address the history involved WE HAVE NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF THIS IS A FREE COUNTRY AND WHEN WE BELEAVED IN GOD WE NEVER MADE ANYONE BELIEVE AS WE DID BUT WE HAVE NOW ALLOWED OUR RIGHTS TO BE INFRINGED ON AND THAT IS A PROBLEM this was our coutry and who says how we should change to accomdate the immigrants that was never the way and thats when people wanted to come here because they liked what we represented, NOW ITS LIKE COMMUNIST COUNTRY WITH DICTORSHIP AND THATSwhat was going on the night or January 6th there are people ready to fight for our country they actually believe its being taken over AND ISNT THAT THE TRUTH the witch hunt that has been allowed has proven that

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