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'You should be ashamed': Press secretary accused of avoiding New York Post reporter for over 4 months
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'You should be ashamed': Press secretary accused of avoiding New York Post reporter for over 4 months

A reporter from the New York Post scolded press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre for not calling on him in the White House press room for months on end.

Steven Nelson, D.C. reporter for the outlet, spoke out during a press briefing to tell Jean-Pierre, "You haven't called on me in two seasons, Karine!"

"And I'm not calling on you today," the press secretary quickly replied. "Go ahead," she continued while pointing to another reporter.

"You should be ashamed of that! That shows disrespect to a free and independent media," Nelson chimed back. "To blacklist one of our country’s largest and most widely read newspapers, Karine … that shows contempt for a free and independent press.”

Jean-Pierre still refused to engage and gave another "go ahead" to another member of the press. “I’m calling on somebody who I haven’t called on for a long time as well. Go ahead.”

"The [New York Post] is our country's oldest daily newspaper. We have 4th-largest print circulation and only NY Times has more web traffic," Nelson said in reply to a clip of his exchange.

"[The press secretary] last called on me in May, and on a colleague in July. The May exchange was also about press freedom issues," he added.

As reported by the Daily Wire, the last time Nelson received a response was in May 2023, when he asked about the White House Press Office pre-screening reporters for President Biden's indoor events.

"Your office continues to pre-screen reporters allowed into large indoor events that formerly, under past presidents, were open to all journalists," Nelson stated at the time. "Last July, you said that ending the restrictions were a — was a priority, yet they remain. So I was wondering if you could commit to once and for all doing away with this mysterious pre-screening process," he asked.

"Here’s the thing: There is no — there is no restriction. Every event is different. Every event plays to the room that we’re in," Jean-Pierre eventually replied.

Other videos have surfaced of Nelson attempting to ask questions, such as in September 2023, when he asked "why the president interacted with so many of his son's foreign business associates."

A study was published in July 2023 that showed that the press secretary responded to just 2% of inquiries regarding President Biden's classified documents and Hunter Biden's overseas business deals.

Out of 252 questions between January 2023 and the end of June in 2023, Jean-Pierre gave a definitive answer just six times.

This included 217 questions about classified documents and 35 questions about Hunter Biden's business deals. Five questions were directly answered about the documents, leaving room for just one definitive answer about the president's son.

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