A veteran White House correspondent who was engaged in a tense exchange with White House press secretary Sean Spicer during Tuesday’s briefing is now saying the press is “under attack” by the administration. Some say it’s about time.
American Urban Radio Networks correspondent April Ryan continued trying to make the Trump/Russia/wiretapping connections that Spicer explained have no basis.
“At some point, report the facts,” Spicer told Ryan. “I’m sorry that that disgusts you; you’re shaking your head.”
As the back-and-forth continued, Spicer told her, “Please, stop shaking your head” and accused the press of being “hell-bent on trying to make sure that whatever image you want to tell about this White House stays.”
That fact didn’t sit well with the Ryan and she was invited by a sympathetic Chris Cuomo to talk about it on CNN’s New Day:
“The administration is calling us the ‘enemy of the people,’ I guess we saw some of that thought process yesterday… There was a young lady from Politico over the weekend — a white woman — who was called an ‘idiot’ be Sean. It made headlines.
“We are — the press is — under attack. We are under attack by this administration. It's about discrediting credible media. At this point, I happen to be a black woman, but I’m part of the press.”
For the rest of her interview, Ryan appeared exasperated and said, “It’s getting personal… it should be about the issues. I have no agenda.”
One thing Trump did when he came into office was to open up the press room to non-mainstream news sources to give them a shot at the big leagues. Ryan, though, questioned their agenda and journalistic credibility. Full video above; the testy exchange with Spicer below: