May 30, 2024

White House Correspondent Simon Ateba Battles with Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre over Seeking Answers from Biden Administration

Left to Right: Simon Ateba and Karine Jean-Pierre during the White House Correspondents' Dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington DC on April 30, 2022

White House Correspondent Simon Ateba has been locked in a battle with Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, as he seeks answers from the Biden administration. In a long tweet on Friday, Ateba revealed the difficulties he has faced while trying to do his job as a journalist.

According to Ateba, Jean-Pierre dislikes him “99 percent of the time, and likes me 0.0001 percent of the time.” He also mentioned that their encounters at a restaurant outside the White House are always awkward, especially after a big fight in the briefing room.

Ateba further revealed that he is often skipped during briefings, despite raising his hand, while other reporters who don’t want to face the same consequences begin to thank Jean-Pierre after she answers their questions. Some reporters even try to distance themselves from Ateba, as being associated with him could mean not getting called on during the briefing.

Ateba also shared that some reporters have gone as far as to block him from taking an empty seat during Biden’s speech, while others have blamed him for not getting called on because he sat next to them.

Despite the challenges he has faced, Ateba remains undeterred, saying that bravery, boldness, and a quest for truth are a lonely journey. He said that his life is a movie, and he hopes God will help him through his struggles.

Ateba’s experiences highlight the challenges that journalists can face while trying to hold those in power accountable. It’s a reminder of the importance of a free press and the need to protect the rights of journalists to do their job without fear of retribution.

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