White House Bars One of Few Black Journalists From Attending Christmas Party
The White House failed to invite a popular and combative black reporter to the annual holiday party because, the reporter said, officials in the Trump administration “don’t like me.” American Urban Radio Networks Washington Bureau Chief April Ryan, one of the few minority female journalists credentialed to attend the White House daily press briefings, said it was no mistake that she had yet to receive an invitation for the yuletide event.
“I don’t think I was overlooked,” Ryan told The Washington Post. “I think they don’t like me. For whatever reason, they have disdain for me.”
Ryan, a CNN political analyst who has said journalists of color are considered the “opposition” to the Trump administration, said it was the first time in her career as a White House reporter she had been excluded from the guest list. Washington correspondents from mainstream media outlets and other publications covering the White House have all reportedly received their invitations. That said, CNN said it was boycotting the annual tradition “In light of the President’s continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN,” the network told Politico.
The decision to abstain from the event was celebrated by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who tweeted, “Christmas comes early! Finally, good news from @CNN.”
Just days before, Sanders was thrown into a petty Twitter feud with Ryan after the journalist demanded she post another picture of a pie the press secretary baked for Thanksgiving, suggesting it may have been a stock photo. Sanders responded to the controversy, which quickly became known as #piegate, with a light-hearted olive branch for Ryan.