Anyone who believes that the White House is impartial to media outlets is either lying or completely out of touch because it most certainly is.
That was evidenced this week as the White House barred The New York Post from President Joe Biden's only daytime event on Monday, the outlet reported.
The White House's excuse for barring the outlet was even more pathetic, simply stating that it couldn't "accommodate" the request.
The timing probably wasn't a coincidence, as "federal prosecutors near a decision on criminally charging first son Hunter Biden for tax fraud and other crimes."
The emailed response to the request, which The Post received Monday, was as bad as an answer given by press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre behind the podium.
"We are unable to accommodate your credential request to attend the Investing in Airline Accountability Remarks on 5/8. The remarks will be live-streamed and can be viewed at WH.gov. Thank you for understanding. We will let you know if a credential becomes available," the email read.
The Post added:
The email does not claim that the exclusion is due to “space limitations” — an excuse that was used until recently to justify the press office’s mysterious prescreening of reporters let into large presidential events, which under past administrations were open to all journalists on White House grounds.
Given The Post's extensive reporting on the Hunter Biden laptop scandal and everything else related to the Biden influence-peddling scheme, the White House probably didn't want any questions about Hunter Biden's impending possible indictment.
NEW: White House reportedly barred the New York Post from attending Biden's event, with its reporter heavily suggesting the decision is tied to the looming legal troubles facing his son Hunter
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) May 9, 2023
At this point, it doesn't even appear that the White House is even trying to make excuses of any kind.
If the White House truly believed in a free and open press, it would have the New York Post near the top of every invite list, given that it's one of the most influential newspapers and media outlets in the world.
The outlet noted:
The Post has the fifth-largest news website by US readership — or fourth when excluding aggregator MSN. It is the nation’s second-most-read newspaper online and as of last year, The Post had the fifth-largest print circulation.
But it shouldn't come as a surprise, as this administration has already been caught on multiple occasions pre-selecting reporters and even giving the president a list of questions that might come his way from various outlets.
It'll be interesting to see if the trend of blocking right-leaning media organizations continue.