The White House plans to begin charging reporters $170 for coronavirus tests for access to the grounds, according to a report.
The plan, meant to cut costs, has media organizations at odds with the Biden administration.
News organizations will now be required to foot the bill each time a reporter enters the White House – a policy that has prompted a backlash on social media, and has been interpreted as an “admission fee” that could burden smaller, cash-strapped outlets.
The policy, set to begin Monday, is a shift that could cost the news industry tens of thousands of dollars, on top of the costs it already incurs when paying for reporters to travel with the president.
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Fox News’ Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.