September 16, 2013 | by Chris Johnson
Blade admitted to White House pool rotation
The White House

The Washington Blade has been inducted into the in-town pool rotation for the White House press corps (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key).

The Washington Blade was selected on Monday to join the in-town pool rotation for the White House Press Corps, becoming the first LGBT publication to take part in the duties.

The board of the White House Correspondents’ Association approved the Blade’s application to take part in the pool along with Buzzfeed and the U.K.-based Guardian. The duty entails having a reporter monitor the president on a rotating basis to inform other members of the press about his activities within the Capital Beltway.

Steve Thomma, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, told the Blade the vote was unanimous among the board members present and the status of the the paper as an LGBT news outlet didn’t come up during discussions.

“This is not a political statement by the Correspondents’ Association in any way, shape or form,” Thomma said. “It is a journalistic statement. We welcome into the print pool tell-all journalists.”

Blade editor Kevin Naff welcomed the news.

“This designation reflects the Blade’s nearly 45-year commitment to quality journalism,” Naff said. “We’re excited to get started and continue the Blade’s long tradition of excellence in objective reporting.”

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

3 Comments
  • Talk about pandering!

  • Way to go. Now what will the Blade do to hold the 2-party system charade of endless lie-based war, poverty, in-effect slavery, pollution, and eradication of human rights?

  • Everyone’s a critic.

    Hey, congrats, yous guys! Our hometown LGBT news rag has become the flagship of LGBT political journalism for a nation.

    So this is a quiet, fitting tribute. Still, I’m sure it makes many of us proud, too– just being longstanding Blade readers.

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