National Press Club Charges Media to Cover Non-News

NASA astronauts Mark Kelly and Terry Virts to address a National Press Club newsmaker breakfast

"Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. with remarks followed by a question-and-answer session at 9 a.m. The event ends at 10:00 a.m. Tickets cost $23 for Press Club members (NPC Members may purchase 2 tickets at this rate) and $37 for all other non-member tickets."

Keith's note: Funny thing about this National Press Club event - news media have to actually pay to cover the events with NASA employees participating - even if they do not eat the rubbery, over-salted food. In addition, the National Press Club refuses to credential online space media for events that they do not charge for. I have been waiting for years for them to get back to me to explain exactly how I certify who I am and what I do. Here in Washington DC, people who show up at events with self-created media credentials end up talking to security/police in this post 9-11 world. But guess what: I'd have to self-credential myself since I am my own editor. NASA gave up on issuing media badges years ago. The release says "To submit a question in advance, put SPACETALK in the subject line and email to president@press.org before 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 11.". Yea like it will get asked. Truth be known these events are more like exclusive old boy network entertainment than "news". The questions that actually get asked by the NPC gatekeeper are so vapid and soft-ball as to not be worth the bother of answering - or covering.

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