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Chaos broke out in the White House briefing room on Monday after Karine Jean-Pierre had a reporter removed from the room. The multi-minute exchange between the two eventually led to another reporter jumping in to defend Jean-Pierre.
Simon Ateba, Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa, began to shout at the press secretary because she refused to answer his questions. He also accused her of making a mockery of the First Amendment before being dragged out.
Complete chaos in the briefing room today. https://t.co/2W4trGj4eJ pic.twitter.com/vHmwvHYnTj
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) March 20, 2023
Jean-Pierre spends some of the clip laughing about the situation and trying to treat the reporter like a child. He isn’t having it and lights into her for only picking on certain reporters and refusing to answer basic inquiries.
That’s when professional Democrat simp, Brian Karem, jumped in to start berating Ateba for demanding transparency from the White House. Apparently, the press’ job isn’t to hold power to account, but it’s to take whatever scraps Jean-Pierre throws at them. Who knew?
The entire scene was an embarrassment. You would think the White Press Corps would stand up for freedom of speech and try to force the White House to be fair. Unfortunately, that outfit is run by far-left hacks, and while it played defender of the truth during the Trump administration, it’s now just another Democrat mouthpiece.
To make things even more pathetic, another reporter then spent his question time apologizing to Jean-Pierre and viewers at home for what had unfolded. I mean, really, imagine being that much of a lackey for state power, that you’d watch the press secretary throw a reporter out of the room and then apologize on “behalf of the press corps” to her and not your colleague who was just abused.
A reporter just apologized to Jean-Pierre over @simonateba yelling at her for kicking him out of the press briefing. Reporters used to yell way worse things at @SarahHuckabee and @kayleighmcenany but now they’re apologizing for outbursts. pic.twitter.com/isFS9JPer7
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) March 20, 2023
Compare that to the absolute outrage shown by the press corps, including Fox News, when CNN’s Jim Acosta had his credentials removed temporarily after he got physical with one of the staff members.
Things got dumber, though. Jean-Pierre then lectured the press corps about how unacceptable the blow-up was. She’s the one who won’t answer questions and had a reporter removed, but it’s everyone else’s fault.
Jean-Pierre after heated exchange with reporter:
“What has just occurred this last 10-15 minutes is unacceptable…So we’re either gonna continue the briefing, or we can just end.” pic.twitter.com/OigoKec81b
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) March 20, 2023
It’s sad that this is what the American press has been reduced to. Instead of pushing the Biden administration to provide relevant information to the public, they mostly spend their time defending the lack of transparency. Was Ateba rude? Sure, but I also understand that he was fed up with the process and the favoritism being shown in the briefing room. In the end, he got his point across, and this is a bad look for a White House that already has serious credibility issues.
[Editor’s note: This story was originally published by RedState]
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