From Politico (3/20/12):
David Gregory, host of NBC‘s Meet the Press, and Bret Baier, host of Fox News‘s Special Report, are among the latest applicants to the Chevy Chase Club, the historic social club that has catered to Washington’s wealthiest for over a century.
The Club’s recent “Membership Report” shows that both Gregory and Baier are up for consideration as “newly proposed candidates for membership.” Gregory is being sponsored by Joseph Stettinius and William M. Walker. Baier is being sponsored Burke F. Hayes and by Brit Hume, the former anchor of Fox News‘ Special Report.
The Chevy Chase Club would not disclose the cost of admission, but a member told me that the initiation fee is $80,000 and that members pay $6,000 in annual dues. The member also said that Bob Schieffer, host of CBS‘s Face the Nation, was a member of the club.
The piece adds:
The Chevy Chase Club was founded in 1892. As recently as 1976, it did not accept Jewish or African-American members, according to a report in the New York Times. And despite reforms, some who have visited the club believe it has maintained an atmosphere reminiscent of earlier days.
“Order a cocktail at the Chevy Chase country club and you’ll step back into ante-bellum Savannah,” one British reporter for the Telegraph observed last year. “The blacks wait on WASPs, showing all the deference expected of them. You won’t find many Cohens either, lounging on the well-kept lawn.”