The Biden administration assembled a new list of outlets invited to the traditional White House Christmas press party, but a few notable press members were not extended invitations.
The posh event will be taking place on Dec. 13. A few days ago, a list of reporters received an email invitation from President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, who “request the pleasure of your company” for the holiday reception.
However, those invited did not include the Daily Caller, Newsmax, the Washington Examiner and the New York Post.
The NY Post, meanwhile, was responsible for publishing the bombshell documents surrounding the Hunter Biden scandal and were not sent an invitation until they requested a comment on why they had been snubbed.
The Trump administration extended invitations to “nearly every major television network and publication” in 2017, the New York Times reported.
The White House, meanwhile, refused to detail to multiple outlets why they were not invited and how it determined who received invitations.
The president has previously admitted that the administration gives him a “list” of acceptable reporters to call on at almost every press briefing, but the White House has also refused to comment on how it makes that list.
Deputy press secretary under the Trump administration Brian Morgenstern said, “most of America views the mainstream press corps as friendly to the Biden Administration. The conservative press are the ones who actually try to hold them accountable. Excluding the conservative reporters from a Christmas party is obviously petty and vindictive, but it also reinforces the impression that the Democrats and the mainstream media are on the same team.”
The snubs have not gone unnoticed, and the outlets above aren’t the only people missing from the party. White House correspondents from a range of outlets were angered over the lack of invitation, calling the exclusions “hypocritical” and speculating they were snubbed for asking the administration hard questions. The New York Post’s White House Correspondent, Steven Nelson, likened the partisan snubbing to Santa’s “naughty and nice” list.
One White House correspondent has been invited to the White House Christmas party for every administration since George W. Bush and said that the White House is “hypocritical” for allowing reporters that “ask softball questions” to “get prime access to the president.”
“In isolation, leaving a reporter off a Christmas party guest list is no big deal. Frankly, I wouldn’t go if invited. Reporters shouldn’t be cozy with those they cover. However, it’s the punitive nature of the invitations that disturbs me,” the correspondent said. “Those that do their jobs, and hold the president, and his Administration to account, face retaliation. From Christmas parties, to exclusion from major media events and opportunities to question the President, this is carefully calculated by the White House. It’s hypocritical.”
Another White House correspondent from a right-leaning publication said, “it’s not surprising but still unfortunate” that the administration has chosen to exclude some reporters from the White House Christmas party, adding, “The Biden team had an opportunity to cut through partisanship and help people come together to celebrate the holidays but appears to have chosen political gamesmanship instead. So much for the Uniter-in-Chief.”
White House Correspondent Ksenija Pavlovic Mcateer of the Pavlovic Today also said the White House is engaging in “unashamed hypocrisy” with Christmas party invites.
“The Pavlovic Today is to be excluded from the White House press party despite a request for admittance. The current occupants of the White House espouse equality and fairness at every opportunity but as we see here they just don’t practice it. The unashamed hypocrisy is breathtaking,” she said.
“I have a White House hard pass but it appears there are different classes among White House journalists. Some have privileges that I don’t. If you are a member of the tame MSM you are on the A list. As always, words are just words and we should judge people not by them but by their actions. I hope at the next election the Democrats don’t try to claim they are on the side of the little guy or gal. Let alone the immigrant, female entrepreneurs,” Pavlovic added.
Simon Ateba of Today News Africa, who has gotten into multiple debates with the White House press team about not being called on, said that his lack of invitation is “disappointing.”
“If an invitation was sent to me, I never received it. I was not invited. Sadly enough, President Biden is a Catholic who goes to church regularly. As I see the discrimination against me and other journalists right in the White House briefing room and elsewhere, I keep wondering, what will Jesus do? Where is the love of Christ at Christmas? Where are all the talks about loving all people, helping the little guy, giving equal chance to everyone, or respecting press freedom? Where are all the rules about not retaliating against a journalist because they asked an uncomfortable question? So disappointing,” Ateba said.
Brian Karem, who writes for the left-leaning Salon, told the Caller that he doesn’t “care” about not getting invited.
“I really don’t care. I didn’t invite them to my house for a holiday party either. I am more interested in the president showing up more often in a press conference and taking questions from a wider variety of reporters,” Karem said.
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