(Incredibly old) Journalist Helen Thomas put in a request in February that she have her own table at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Unfortunately for her, she was denied by the White House Correspondents’ Association, which Thomas once presided over.
“I would appreciate — particularly this year as we celebrate the 50 year anniversary of women being admitted to the WHCA dinner — to share this celebration with my family and close friends one last time,” she wrote in a letter to the WHCA board.
The board’s current president Caren Bohan explained to the Huffington Post the reason for denying Thomas’ request:
“The board decided in 2010 to set a policy that, as a courtesy to past presidents only, they would be eligible to purchase two tickets even if they are no longer covering the White House,” Cohan wrote. “Usually, people need to be members of the WHCA to purchase tickets on behalf of their news organizations.”
Thomas retired from covering the White House beat in 2010 after she was caught on tape saying Jews should “Get the hell out of Palestine.”