From the White House Correspondent's Association via AmericaBlog: (emph mine)
Since 1914, the White House Correspondents' Association has operated independently of the White House and the White House credentialing process. We intend for the White House Correspondents' Association to remain independent of that process.
Consistent with the First Amendment, the White House Correspondents' Association stands for inclusiveness in the credentialing process so that the White House remains accessible to all journalists. We hope that individual episodes do not obscure the broader principles of a fair and evenhanded credentialing process that serves the goal of free and full exchange of information.
The First Amendment says that? I really wish they wouldn't drag the Constitution into the whorehouse with them. It doesn't need to be a fig leaf for Jim/Jeff on top of everything else it's been through in the last five years.
But the best part is that they hope that individual (and I guess, unrelated?) episodes don't "obscure the broader principles" of the White House credentialing process. So case closed, baby. Nothing to see here. Are you going to the party tonight? I hear Condi will be there ...
Did the word come down that if they pitched a righteous fit, the WH would withhold credentials from all of them? What year in J-School do they teach kids that journalism's first obligation is to the official White House line and its first loyalty to the powerful?
Sadly, I don't think even that has to happen. The reporters aren't the driving force here. The corporate press power structure was probably as eager as the White House to twist their way out of pursuing the Jim/Jeff scandal, which obviously has the potential to reach to some very high-profile offices in the government and shows no signs of being limited to the six journalists already exposed as shills for the White House. And what about the politicizing of the Social Security Administration? Would that fit into a story that examined this administration's illegal use of infoganda? Who knows? Who cares! The First Amendment protects the press from investigating any and all of that.
You can't say they haven't been happy to participate in their own destruction.