An anti-Trump reporter (oh, but I repeat myself), recently got a big, unwanted surprise. April Ryan, a reporter for American Urban Radio Networks, had an intense exchange with White House aide Omarosa Manigault after which Ryan accused her of physical intimidation. The altercation was so bad that the reporter said it might have warranted law enforcement intervention. Also, according to the Washington Post, she said President Trump was keeping tabs on journalists:
Ryan also said Manigault made verbal threats, including the assertion that Ryan was among several journalists on whom Trump officials had collected “dossiers” of negative information. Manigault, a onetime friend of Ryan’s, declined to address Ryan’s accusations on the record, offering only this emailed statement: “My comment: Fake news!” She did not specify what she considered false.
Powerline now reports that -- oops! -- the exchange was recorded, and the reporter has some 'splaining to do. Manigault said, "She came in with an attitude. For her to characterize me as the bully — I’m so glad we have this tape. . . because it’s ‘liar, liar, pants on fire.”
Too bad for Ryan, but there's no requirement in Washington, DC that one get consent prior to recording a conversation. Wait, did the reporter think that being in a place where journalists were congregating might be a good, private meeting place? Ryan said this recording was "Nixonian," but Paul Merengoff takes umbrage at that description:
We can't wait to see this footage.
The taping of a public disagreement is not in any sense Nixonian. If there’s a “Nixon” in this scenario, it is Ryan — if, in fact, a tape exposes her as dishonest.
During the campaign, there were reports that Ryan was taking money from the Clinton campaign to provide favorable coverage. Manigault, formerly Ryan’s friend (according to the Post), emailed her about this allegation.
There’s no doubt that Ryan fawned over Hillary during the campaign. However, she denies being paid by the campaign.
If Ryan is like many reporters, it required no payment for her to provide favorable coverage of Clinton. Now, it requires none for her to provide unfairly negative coverage of President Trump.