There are petitions circulating online that encourage the White House Correspondents Association to give NPR Helen Thomas‘s lead correspondent seat, rather than have it go to Fox News or another organization.

NPR says it’s not behind the campaign:

NPR would like to make it clear that we are not involved in any way in the petitions now circulating that encourage the White House Correspondents Association to select NPR for the lead White House correspondent seat. The first petition was put forward by CREDO Action, an advocacy site that is managed by Working Assets. MoveOn.org has now joined CREDO and is also promoting a petition. NPR was not consulted about either petition and we learned about them via Facebook and e-mail. We have no position on the petitions, and no comment on the other media organizations that are competing for the seat. NPR made its case directly to the White House Correspondents Association by submitting a letter of interest, which is the standard protocol and a process we respect.

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