In 1969, President Richard Nixon converted a swimming pool that had been built for President Franklin Roosevelt in the West Wing of the White House to a suite of offices for the press and a briefing room. Thus the White House Correspondents, an organization founded in 1914, came in from the cold. And Nixon began the conversion of a critical and often antagonistic press to a jolly coterie of sycophants.
The White House Press Corps should be called the White House Press Core, since it is the core of the Managed State Media. Think of it. The administration has a captive audience of 49 different news organizations cozily ensconced in the West Wing of the White House – a friendly band of brothers ready and willing to advise the public of whatever "advice" the President wants to disseminate to the public today. And the President has a Press Secretary, a man whose only job is to use that built in propaganda mill to disinform the American public.
And even correspondents from Fox News or the Wall Street Journal are obliged to promulgate whatever the current Propaganda Minister hands them, because the other 48 correspondents are going to press with it, whether they personally believe it or not. Besides, the White House Press Core has gotten so chummy it's become incestuous. Fox News recently hired Ed Henry as its White House Correspondent – from CNN!
"Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play." – Joseph Goebbels