“I don’t know if I’m safe, I don’t know if they’ll kill me, I don’t know what they will do next.”
That statement was made to WMAL host and Daily Caller editorial director Vince Coglianese by Simon Ateba of Today News Africa after the White House not only refused to let him ask his question but also, in essence, deleted him from the recording of the briefing on Tuesday. Ateba is Today News Africa’s chief White House correspondent.
Ateba interrupted White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Monday during a press conference to ask a question, and Jean-Pierre threatened to end the session if Ateba didn’t get his way.
According to Real Clear Politics, Ateba’s exchanges had been removed from the White House recording before it was posted on YouTube.
— Kevin McMahon (@Kevin__McMahon) June 26, 2023
The unedited version:
Simon Ateba is back at it again in the press briefing. pic.twitter.com/4BXTT4gfbw
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 26, 2023
Ateba is heard accusing the White House of discriminating against him in the uncensored version of the White House briefing film.
Ateba said, “So are you going to take questions from me?… because you’ve been discriminating against me for the past nine months.”
In the course of the conversation, Ateba was referred to as “incredibly rude” by Jean-Pierre for the interruption. She continued by saying that the press conference would finish abruptly if Ateba kept interrupting.
“I’ve been in this briefing room. I’ve been trying to ask you one question when I am on,” Ateba said. “You’re not giving freedom of the press.”
Ateba hasn’t been able to ask a question for nine months, claims Real Clear Politics.
According to a report by the publication, after Fox News contacted The White House about the edited footage, the administration returned the missing section and explained that it was caused by a glitch in the encoder that sent the live stream to YouTube.
Well, that’s sure convenient.
Ateba and likely the rest of this nation’s rational citizens have severe reservations about it being a “technical error.”
According to Ateba, who was quoted by Fox News, he has been constantly neglected in press briefings for months, his emails go unanswered, and he is often left out of White House events.
Ateba claims that the White House uses blacklisting strategies when a reporter is deemed to be bothersome. They refuse to respond to their emails and questions and stop them from taking part in background briefings.
Ateba stated that he thought it was disrespectful that the Biden administration would send officials to Africa under the guise of strengthening ties with the continent while simultaneously excluding an African reporter from the Washington briefing room.
“And you pass on him, you banned him, you sidelined him, you oppressed him, you discriminated against him only to go to Africa and claim that you want to strengthen ties. It’s actually actually offensive. It’s shocking,” he told Fox News.
“They’re trying to keep me out of the briefing room. I don’t know how far they will go to silence me,” Ateba told The Daily Caller.
“Maybe they’ll hack my phone, maybe they’ll hack my laptop. Maybe they’ve done things I’m not really aware of. But for them to do that, or to even appear to do that, to try to edit me and cancel me and silence me, it’s maybe the beginning of something really ugly, and I just want people to keep praying for me. Keep praying for me. I don’t know what will happen to me tomorrow.”
The @WhiteHouse fraud continues. They have two versions of the briefing on YouTube. The first one where they edited me out during my exchange with @PressSec Karine Jean-Pierre and the second one where they restored it. Both versions are up. Here they are.
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) June 28, 2023
On what some are calling the so-called chaos at the White House today, I was just trying to ask a question. It's a pity what's going on. How can @PressSec Karine Jean-Pierre preach about the freedom of the press when she is violating the First Amendment many died to protect? May… pic.twitter.com/wOBsOv6GwI
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) June 26, 2023
Ateba shouldn’t have been so shocked. Everyone is aware that black voices are only valued when they support the Democrats.
Only 3 out of 10 nations, according to the 2023 World Press Freedom Index study, provide a “satisfactory environment” for journalists.
Twitter, AI, and “fake content,” according to the research, were partially to responsible for the widespread dissemination of “manipulative content on a huge scale.”
The United States White House, one of the largest distributors of distorted and controlled information, was not mentioned in the report.