chapter  5
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Covering the Presidency

T his chapter examines the other half of the president-press relationship: the White House press corps. The White House is the most prestigious beat in journalism. It is also the most grueling. Reporters work in cramped quarters. They have to translate the comments of White House bureaucrats into language the ordinary person can understand. But there is glory in covering the White House. Television correspondents get to appear on TV regularly; print reporters gain fame and fortune. Once unknown to the public, today's White House reporters are media stars. They make huge salaries, far more than the ordinary Americans who read, see, and listen to what they write. They command and accept large fees on the corporate lecture circuit.