White House correspondent Simon Ateba, who works for Today News Africa, was among a trio of journalists who triggered a meltdown today by White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
Newsbusters’ Curtis Houck detailed what transpired in a three-part tweet that also included clips of the incident.
“PART 2 — KJP scolds @DailyCaller‘s @DianaGlebova for again trying to ask Fauci about the origins of COVID: “We have a process here. I’m not calling out on people who yell. You’re being disrespectful to your colleagues and…our guests…You’re taking time off the clock.”
“Part 3 —@SimonAteba comes to the defense of the @DailyCaller‘s @DianaGlebova after KJP dresses her down for asking Fauci about the origins of COVID: ‘You need to call…people from across the room. She has a valid question.’ KJP: “Simon, I’m done…I’m done with you right now.'”
WATCH: KJP did NOT like it when @DailyCaller's @DianaGlebova shouted out a question to Fauci about the origins of COVID and the @NYPost's @StevenNelson10 came to her defense pic.twitter.com/iMmU25SfuT— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) November 22, 2022
Part 3 — @SimonAteba comes to the defense of the @DailyCaller's @DianaGlebova after KJP dresses her down for asking Fauci about the origins of COVID: "You need to call…people from across the room. She has a valid question."— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) November 22, 2022
KJP: "Simon, I'm done…I'm done with you right now" pic.twitter.com/ZqEOrhggMT
The Daily Beast’s Justin Baragona shared a full clip of what transpired and he quoted Jean-Pierre’s blistering attack on Ateba.
According to Richman, Ateba said that he has been blacklisted by the White House communications shop.
Ateba told Richman at the time, “I can confirm that I have been blacklisted by the White House following my question to John Kirby more than a month ago.”
“As a result of me being blacklisted, I have not been called on for over a month now, and several White House officials told me that some unnamed people went to complain to Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre not to call on me,” Ateba explained.
Kirby lectured Ateba during an August 4 press briefing, “This is the White House press briefing room, and you need to be more respectful. I am going to call on this reporter.”
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