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White House Bars Black Journalist From Attending Christmas Party For First Time In Her 20 Years Of Covering Presidents

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White House Bars Black Journalist From Attending Christmas Party For First Time In Her 20 Years Of Covering Presidents





Veteran journalist April Ryan, one of the few minority female journalists credentialed to attend the White House daily press briefings, has not been invited to their annual Holiday party, despite having been a guest at this yuletide gala for the past twenty years under several different presidents.

The American Urban Radio Networks Washington bureau chief said it was no mistake that she had yet to receive an invitation to the Christmas gala.

“I don’t think I was overlooked,” Ryan told The Washington Post. “I think they don’t like me. For whatever reason, they have disdain for me.”

She added: “[Trump] has the right to invite whoever he wants. He chose not to invite me. I’m good.”



The NAACP on Wednesday tweeted:

CNN announced that it will boycott the annual White House Christmas party for the first time amid ongoing tensions between President Trump and the network.




“In light of the President’s continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN, we do not feel it is appropriate to celebrate with him as invited guests,” a spokesperson for the CNN said on Monday.

“We will send a White House reporting team to the event and report on it if news warrants,” the spokesperson added in a statement.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took to Twitter to celebrate the news on Tuesday, tweeting, “Christmas comes early! Finally, good news from @CNN.”

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