An African journalist in the White House press corps is accusing the administration’s condescending press secretary of “discrimination” for snapping at him repeatedly over challenging questions.
Simon Ateba, of Today Africa News, joined Tucker Carlson Tonight to talk Karine Jean-Pierre’s “disgraceful” behavior after she blew up at him and walked out of the briefing room.
African journalist blasts White House
Jean-Pierre threw a hissy fit and stormed out on December 8 as Ateba protested being unable to ask a question about an upcoming summit of African leaders at the White House.
In another scene last month, Jean-Pierre scolded Ateba for pressing Dr. Fauci about the origins of COVID, a touchy subject for the Biden administration, which has defended Fauci from basically all criticism.
Ateba told Tucker Carlson that he has tried without success to ask questions for three months, and that covering the Biden White House has been a “nightmare” for spurned African journalists. He called Jean-Pierre’s behavior “shocking” given that she is a black immigrant herself.
“Right now, I’m the voice of Africa in the U.S. But I can confirm that the level of discrimination against me and against African journalists in the White House is astounding, disgraceful.”
Asked why is treated unfavorably, Ateba told Carlson that his foreign accent and “tough questions” likely play a role.
Ateba had vocally defended another journalist from the Daily Caller who broached the topic of COVID’s origins during a briefing last month, saying, “She has a valid question. She’s asking about the origin of COVID-19, and Dr. Fauci’s the best person to answer that question.”
Jean-Pierre sneered in reply, “I hear your question but we’re not doing this the way you want it. Simon, I’m done. Simon, I’m done.”
Jean-Pierre has taken plenty of criticism for her awkward, laborious responses to simple questions and her tone of contempt, particularly for reporters who challenge her.
But she is getting praise from the administration’s media lapdogs for her handling of Ateba, with the thoroughly craven Politico noting that many journalists quietly approve. The outlet gave Ateba a scolding for talking out of turn in the presence of Lord Fauci, a figure of reverence to many journalists,
Apparently, the media is done whining about “transparency” now that Trump’s out of the White House.
Ateba told Carlson that the White House should welcome transparency into the “consequential” matter of Covid’s origins, given the pandemic’s tremendous toll. Jean-Pierre, he said, should be “ashamed of herself.”
But Jean-Pierre has demonstrated repeatedly that shame is something she lacks — as do the administration’s pathetic cheerleaders in the press.