VIDEO: Chaos Erupts In White House
On Monday, the cast of Ted Lasso made an appearance at a White House press briefing. However, the event was overshadowed by an irate reporter who engaged in a heated argument with his fellow journalists, temporarily transforming the room into a chaotic scene.
Simon Ateba, a reporter for Today News Africa, raised concerns for his confrontational behavior during press briefings in the past. On Monday, Ateba repeated his allegation that President Biden’s White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has not been calling on him frequently enough.
In transcript provided by Mediaite, “We’re not doing this! We’re not doing!” Jean-Pierre began shouting.
The reporter accused Jean-Pierre of intentionally disregarding him for several months due to her dislike for the nature of his inquiries.
“That’s not right. This is not China. This is not Russia. This is the United States of America. This is the White House,” Ateba argued.
“Simon, the rest of us are here too, pal!” one liberal reporter shouted back at Ateba.
“You’re in the front row and you’ve been comfy and you get questions all the time. There are people in the back who don’t get any questions!” Ateba screamed back.
“Don’t make assumptions about what he rest of us do. Mind your manners when you’re in here and if you have a problem, you bring it up afterwards, but you are impinging on everybody in here who are only trying to do their jobs,” the reporter screamed.
Jean-Pierre then jumped into the fight and threatened Ateba saying, “As you all know, this is the White House press briefing room, an historic room, a room that should have decorum, a room where folks should respect their colleagues, and respect the guests who are here. I understand there’s going to be give and take. That’s the way the press briefing has gone for decades before me. And I will always respect that, but what I will not appreciate is disrespecting colleagues and disrespecting guests who were here to talk about an incredibly important issue, which is mental health. And what just occurred in the last 10 or 15 minutes unacceptable.”
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It appears that some reporters are getting very sick of how President Biden and Karine Jean-Pierre call on only liberal mainstream media reporters. Even Fox’s Peter Doocy has raised questions with Karine Jean-Pierre about her decision to only call on “certain” news reporters instead of being fair.