A press corps (such as the White House press corps) often simply repeats what a government administration declares, without additional reporting. Members of a lazy press corps have been derided as mere “typists” and “stenographers.”
The press corps nicknames of “typing pool” and “stenography pool” (or “stenographic pool") have been cited in print since at least 2005. Other press corps nicknames include “repeater” and “press corpse.”
Wikipedia: White House press corps
The White House Press Corps is the group of journalists or correspondents usually stationed at the White House in Washington, D.C. to cover the president of the United States, White House events and news briefings. Their offices are located in the West Wing.
The White House Press Secretary or a deputy generally holds a weekday news briefing, which takes place in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room. The room currently seats 49 reporters. Each seat is assigned to one news gathering organization, with the most prominent occupying the first two rows. Reporters who don’t have an assigned seat may stand. Often a smaller group of reporters known as the White House press pool is assembled to report back to their colleagues on events where the venue would make open coverage logistically difficult.
(Oxford English Dictionary)
press corps n. newspaper journalists collectively; a group of reporters, esp. in a specific place or of a specified type.
1864 Dubuque (Iowa) Democrat 10 June (NPA) 2/4 We of the press corps are semi-officially cautioned not to criticize the recent newspaper seizures in New York.
1932 Amer. Polit. Sci. Rev. 26 169 The personnel of the House and Senate is disposed of and the press corps passed in review.
1974 Sunday Times 21 July 1/3 A 200-strong international Press corps confined to the hotel by the island’s [sc. Cyprus’s] 24-hour curfew.
The Huffington Post
Posted: November 17, 2005 11:17 AM
Plan of a Hack
By Jane Hamsher
I’ve spent way too much time now listening to Bob Woodward try to explain why he used his Watergate credibility to convince people that a legal imbroglio he was intimately involved in was nothing more than “gossip” even as he failed to admit he was one of the gossipers. Then Len Downie got to go to school on Bill Keller and try to bail his paper out of the Official White House Stenographic Pool. Neither was particularly successful.
A joke? Heck, they aren’t even funny. There is no such thing as the White House press pool. They are the White House stenography pool.
Roel, Apr 5, 2006
No Blood for Hubris
Saturday, June 03, 2006
“Bush" Means Having to Say You’re Sorry—When You Clearly Aren’t
Here’s another total crock.
More media whore lapdog White House stenography courtesy of the ever-gullible Washington Post.
The Democratic Daily
Was Jeff Gannon a “Fake White House Reporter”?
October 29, 2007 2:57 pm
By Robert Freedland
azportsider on October 31, 2007 1:13 am at 1:13 am
I don’t see why you need to pick on Gannon, er, Guckert…well, whatever name he’s using this week. He was no more a fake reporter than anyone else in the White House Stenography Pool, er, Press Corpse.
Crooks and Liars
June 29, 2009 06:45 AM
David Gregory on the Pitney question: ‘Imagine if Bush had done this’. Um, OK
By David Neiwert
The Greatest Crime That Pitney Committed
woody — 6/29/09 7:23am
was, through his enterprise, to make the fawning hacks and sycophantic shills of the WhiteHouse stenographic Corpse look like the paid-off, sold-out, corpoRat fucknozzles they all so uniformly (Helen Thomas apart) demonstrably ARE.
And what, exactly, was done?
Shadowgm — 6/29/09 8:16am
And that takes balls, for anyone who is part of the White House Stenography Pool / George W. Bush Fan Club to inevigh against Pitney’s question as something that would HAVE to be arranged in advance.
bobbo, international pastry chef and constitutional scholar says:
10/18/2009 at 10:40 am
Sells the news?
You do know, FIRMLY, that Daily and Colbert are comedy shows????
Ha, ha. Yes, our court jesters having greater truthiness and news than the official mainstream media or the White House Stenography Pool. Amusing.
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