Jean-Pierre denies ‘blacklisting’ media, but can’t spin lack of media access to Biden in press grilling

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre categorically denies that certain outlets and reporters are being “blacklisted” but conveniently can’t explain the shocking lack of media access to certain events that President Joe Biden is present at.

White House Correspondents’ Association President Steven Portnoy has requested a meeting with Jean-Pierre to discuss the seemingly asymmetrical selection process for media, but the New York Post asked for an explanation during her regular press briefing.

She appeared shocked to hear that some journalists have only been selected a handful of times in nearly eight months.

“For more than a year now, the White House press office has been having everyone in this room RSVP to presidential events in the East Room, the state dining room, the executive office building, and then there is a process where people are selected and able to go into these presidential events where the president often takes questions,” The Post reporter began. “The Correspondents Association has tried in vain to figure out how this process works. And over time, it has kind of morphed into a bit of a blacklist where certain large media outlets such as my own are almost never [selected].”

“A blacklist?” Jean-Pierre replied, appearing shocked by the use of the term.

“I represent the fourth-largest newspaper in the country and I haven’t been selected since November,” the reporter explained.

“That’s a jump forward to a blacklist, but I’m listening,” the press secretary responded.

“It’s not just me, it’s certain others,” he elaborated.

“Oh, OK, I didn’t realize,” said Jean-Pierre. Perhaps she wasn’t filled in on the process by her predecessor, Jen Psaki.

“The Correspondents Association actually wants this to be done away with. But I was hoping that you — I know you’re new in the position, but perhaps explain how the selection works,” The Post pressed.

“Can I look into this?” the press secretary asked, admitting that she has no idea what the reporter is talking about.

“Because I actually don’t know what you’re — the process that you’re speaking of. I think blacklisting is a very strong word to use. We have been, you know… we try to make sure to do our best to make sure that the press gets to hear from the president directly. It is important for us. It is important for you all, it’s important for the American people,” she added. “And so that has been a priority. So let me look into this process that you’re speaking of.”


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