The walls are closing in around the Biden administration. They’re panicking like never before.
And the White House was caught destroying evidence and now all hell is breaking loose.
Congressional Republicans have been dropping evidence of the Biden family’s corruption seemingly every day for months now.
The last thing they want is to be asked difficult questions from media outlets that aren’t already in their pocket.
And now they’re scrubbing the archives of their interactions with press to silence one reporter who stands up to them.
Simon Ateba, the Today News Africa White House journalist who routinely disputes with Biden’s press secretary Karine Jean Pierre, has accused the White House of deleting the latest spat between the two off Monday’s official live feed on purpose.
The missing segment was restored after Fox News contacted the White House for comment, which stated that the deletion was due to a mistake with the encoder that transmits the live stream to YouTube.
According to the outlet, in the missing portion Jean-Pierre said, “The White House, under this administration, we’re committed to the freedom of the press. I want to be very clear about that.”
— Kevin McMahon (@Kevin__McMahon) June 26, 2023
Ateba asked, “So are you going to take questions from me?… because you’ve been discriminating against me for the past nine months.”
Jean-Pierre responded, “You’re incredibly rude. You’re being incredibly rude,” and threatened, “If this continues, we’re going to end the press briefing.”
Simon Ateba is back at it again in the press briefing. pic.twitter.com/4BXTT4gfbw
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 26, 2023
Ateba retorted, “I’ve been in this briefing room. I’ve been trying to ask you one question when I am on. You’re not giving freedom of the press.”
Ateba told Fox News, “I’m black, I’m an immigrant and I’m the little guy… I’m just trying to do my job,” adding that he was skeptical the gap was caused by a technical error and accused the Biden administration of intentionally removing it.
On what some are calling the so-called chaos at the White House today, I was just trying to ask a question. It's a pity what's going on. How can @PressSec Karine Jean-Pierre preach about the freedom of the press when she is violating the First Amendment many died to protect? May… pic.twitter.com/wOBsOv6GwI
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) June 26, 2023
He told Fox News that his emails to the White House have gone unanswered, and that he has been disregarded at press briefings for the past year.
“They blacklist you. They don’t respond to your question, they don’t respond to your email. And they don’t allow you to ask questions in the background.”
Ateba went on to say that it is his responsibility to make “those who are comfortable uncomfortable.”
“But what happens is if you do that, if you make the comfortable uncomfortable, what happens to you is they try and sideline you. And the other people will be afraid to even come near you because [they] don’t want to be seen close to you because then they won’t get questions at the next press briefing, then they won’t be invited to social events.”
Ateba noted, “I’ve done my best. And when you think about it, in the next 50 years, five years, 10 years, 15 years, when people look back and see that African journalist who was there in the briefing room, trying to do the job, is just trying to ask the question, and trying to strengthen ties between the U.S. and Africa.”
“And you pass on him, you banned him, you sidelined him, you oppressed him, you discriminated against him only to go to Africa and claim that you want to strengthen ties,” he continued. “It’s actually offensive. It’s shocking.”
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