‘It's Disgusting': Reporter Hits Back After WHCA Threatens To Expel Him For Interrupting Psaki's Last Briefing
Added 05-16-22 03:16:01pm EST - “The WHCA threatened to suspend or expel Today News Africa White House correspondent Simon Ateba for interrupting Friday's briefing.” - Dailycaller.com
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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailycaller.com: “‘It’s Disgusting’: Reporter Hits Back After WHCA Threatens To Expel Him For Interrupting Psaki’s Last Briefing”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
Today News Africa White House correspondent Simon Ateba hit back at the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) threatening to suspend or expel him for interrupting Friday’s White House press briefing.
Ateba derailed White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s last briefing as he talked over two reporters, including Associated Press reporter Zeke Miller. After one of the reporters confronted the Today Africa News reporter, Psaki stepped in and ordered him to respect the fellow White House reporters.
White House Correspondents Association President and CBS News Radio White House correspondent Steven Portnoy addressed Ateba’s interruptions in a Monday email obtained by the Daily Caller threatening to enact their right to suspend him from the briefing room.
“Your disruptive behavior at last Friday’s briefing interrupted your colleagues and reflected poorly on the press corps,” he said. “There is no right of any reporter to be called on by any official. Preventing your colleagues from asking their questions is no way to seek relief,” Portnoy wrote. “We note that you have been granted status as an Associate Member of our organization. With that comes responsibility to act in a collegial manner with your fellow WHCA members.”
“If you again demonstrate disrespect for your colleagues in the manner you did last Friday, the WHCA Board will act on behalf of the collective,” he continued. “I am pasting Article X of our bylaws for your reference.”
It often baffles me that those who get opportunities every single day do not have the basic decency or the heart to realize that there are people there who have not been called on in 15 months. It’s disgusting, awful and a tragedy to have people like that report about equity
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) May 15, 2022
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