Newsweek Accuses Trump Admin of Racism for Not Inviting April Ryan to White House Christmas Party
It couldn’t be that April Ryan was not invited to this year’s White House Christmas party because she is a grandstanding Trump-hating reporter who shakes her head like a petulant teenager during press briefings, accuses the administration of supporting slavery and Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders of wanting to poison reporters with fake pecan pie. No, according to Newsweek it must be because Ryan is black. (On Monday, Ryan herself accused the administration of treating her like the opposition because she is a “different color.”)
April Ryan, screen image.
Newsweek reported on Ryan, who is a CNN analyst and White House Correspondent for American Urban Radio Network, claiming she was not invited to the White House Christmas party for the media with this headline:
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) November 29, 2017
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.”
April Ryan, American Urban Radio Networks Washington bureau chief, 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.”
The Washington Post was first to report on Ryan’s claim to not be invited.
…Among those not invited this year is April Ryan, the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks and a CNN contributor.
Ryan doesn’t know why she didn’t get a golden ticket this year, but she suspects it may be payback for her various run-ins with Trump and his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, during the past year. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, for example, Ryan questioned Sanders’s claim to having baked a magazine-perfect chocolate pecan pie. Ryan tweeted: “Show it to us on a table,” which sparked “#piegate,” a debate about presidential credibility.
In an interview, Ryan said, “I’ve given up trying to figure out why” she wasn’t invited to this year’s soiree. “He has the right to invite whoever he wants. He chose not to invite me. I’m good.”
Well, not that good.
“I don’t think I was overlooked,” she continued. “I think they don’t like me. For whatever reason, they have disdain for me.”
Ryan noted that this is first time in 20 years of covering the White House that she hasn’t been welcome at the annual party. She’s attended parties hosted by presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama (she said “no” one time during the Bush years because she was pregnant). And that includes years in which she’s tangled with other press secretaries, including Obama’s first, Robert Gibbs.”
On CNN Monday night, Ryan accused the Trump administration of treating her like the opposition because she is “a different race”
RYAN: … this president — a different breed of reporter, when I say a different breed of reporter, we are now, some of these reporters were embedded with the candidates, and when they come in, they feel a friendship to a certain extent with them, then you have reporters who are from the same party who are leaning.
I mean, I remember there was a time, and Don, I know you remember this. You know, we used to hear someone on TV who said, that’s the way it was. And you didn’t know his politics, you just trusted the facts. And now if you question, you’re considered someone from the opposing matter, versus just trying to get the facts.
LEMON: As a journalist, yes.
RYAN: And then, you know, God forbid, yes, God forbid you are someone of a different race. I’m speaking of myself, you’re considered an opposition. I don’t bring my politics, I just ask questions about what’s right and wrong, or things that go on in Washington…”