White House snub: Black and LGBTQ reporters not invited to Xmas party

December 8,2 017

According to Washington Post exit polls on November 29, 2016, only 8% of U.S. black voters and 14% of LGBTQ voters cast their ballots for Donald Trump in last year’s election. Perhaps their foresight was 20:20, because this holiday season—for the first time in more than 20 years—the White House opted not to invite reporters from LGBTQ and black publications to its media Christmas party on December 1.

April D. Ryan, the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks——and one of the few black reporters in the White House briefing room—said she had not received an invitation, despite attending annually under previous administrations.

“It is what it is,” she said in an interview with The New York Times. “Everybody’s more upset than I am. I am O.K.”

The snub also was raised by Chris Johnson, White House reporter for The Washington Blade, the oldest LGBTQ newspaper nationwide and worldwide. In an interview with Inquisitir. Johnson said he had been asked to attend the event in past years, and initially thought it was a mistake that he did not receive an invitation this year. But after contacting the White House, Johnson said he never got a reply.

“It is consistent with the White House press secretary not calling on me during the on-camera press briefings,” Johnson told the news outlet.

Citing Trump’s “continued attacks” on the press, CNN said it was boycotting the party. A spokesperson for the news network told Politico, “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 his invited guests.”

Following the announcement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders appeared to be elated: “Christmas comes early! Finally, good news from @CNN,” Sanders tweeted to Politico’s story.

Research contact: Scott Clement, Washington Post @sfcpoll

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