The press and President Joe Biden's administration are at odds. This comes after Biden's administration suggested charging reporters and journalists a $170 testing fee, for each test they take that is required to enter the West Wing of the White House.

This could be a major financial blow to smaller publishers and independent media, and particularly devastating to any publication who's already operating on a tight budget.

This isn't a $170 one time fee - it would be $170 testing fee each time they take a rapid test to enter the West Wing of the White House! Imagine paying that five days a week.

The government is just throwing money at pet projects, but won't cover the costs of tests so reporters and White House staff can remain safe and do their job?

The White House is imposing a new $170 COVID-19 testing fee on reporters who want to access the West Wing, in what critics say is the latest step that constrains press coverage of President Biden.

The Biden administration already imposed sweeping restrictions, including capping at 80 the number of pre-approved journalists who are able to access White House grounds on a given day — each of whom must take a COVID-19 rapid test before 1 p.m.

Under former President Donald Trump, any reporter with a “hard pass” was able to breeze past the White House gates at any time and without taking a coronavirus test. But few abused the privilege due to peer pressure to limit visits.

But, why are the tests $170? Well, that part is hard to explain, but it could lead to publishers paying thousands of dollars JUST TO DO THEIR JOB.

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This is something Biden's administration should pay for, so the reporters can do their job safely, but they want to push the cost of the tests onto the little guy instead.

Washington Post reported on it, noting that the White House Correspondents’ Association has already objected to the proposed fees.

Reporters who cover the White House may soon be paying what amounts to an admission fee to do their jobs.
Starting Monday, the White House’s press office said it will start charging journalists for coronavirus tests, which are required for anyone entering the White House grounds.

The proposed cost for each test: $170.

With dozens of journalists at the White House each day, the fees could add up to tens of thousands of dollars flowing from newsrooms, many of them small and cash-strapped, into government coffers.
Until now, the cost of testing has been borne by the White House. But officials there contend that the cost of maintaining the testing regime for nearly a year has strained its budget. So it wants to shift the burden onto news organizations: No test, no entry to the White House.

The plan has alarmed the White House Correspondents’ Association, which represents reporters in issues affecting the presidential press corps. The organization has objected to the proposal because of the financial burden it would impose on news organizations, especially smaller ones for whom a $170 daily fee would be onerous.

$170 testing fee to enter the White House is clearly too expensive and absurd cost to push on the reporters.

The White House should pay for it.

They waste millions on pet projects in pork-filled relief bills, so why can't they take on this cost and pay for something that keeps people safe?