April Ryan Dissed By White House But Championed By National Association Of Black Journalists

Lawd, it’s been a rough year for April Ryan as a White House correspondent. The Trump administration clearly doesn’t care for the veteran American Urban Radio Networks correspondent and CNN political analyst.

In March, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer reprimanded Ryan for shaking her head while he addressed alleged White House scandals involving Russia. And interactions haven’t been much smoother with current presidential press secretary Sarah Huckabee, whom Ryan recently asked on Twitter to prove she actually baked the chocolate pecan pie she posted a suspiciously perfect photo for Thanksgiving.  “Show it to us on a table,” Ryan said.

So it’s not surprising that Ryan wasn’t invited to the White House holiday party for the first time in her 20 years covering 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Essence.com reports that while speaking with CNN host Don Lemon about another brief back and forth moment with Huckabee about North Korea —which has since gone viral—the Baltimore native also addressed the change she’s noticed in how today’s journalists interact with the current administration.

“Some of these reporters were embedded with the candidates,” Ryan said. “And when they come in, they feel a friendship to a certain extent with them, then you have reporters who are from the same party. I mean, I remember there was a time, and Don, I know you remember this, we used to hear someone on TV say, ‘that’s the way it was.’ And you didn’t know his politics, you just trusted the facts.”

Elaborating further, Ryan went on to note how reporters—especially reporters of color—who question the White House are automatically treated as “opposition” and assumed to be supporters of the opposing party.

“Now if you question [the Trump White House], you’re considered someone from the opposing party,versus just [a journalist] trying to get the facts,” she added. “And God forbid, you are someone of a different race, I was speaking of myself, you’re considered an opposition. I don’t bring my politics, I just ask questions about what’s right and wrong, or things that go on in Washington.”

In better news, however, Ryan was named 2017 journalist of the year by the National Association of Black Journalists.

“April Ryan is a true trailblazer and truth seeker,” NABJ President Sarah Glover said in release announcing the award. “She’s dogged and unapologetic about her pursuit of the story. In the White House press corps circle, where too few black women have been given an opportunity to report, April has excelled and persevered in spite of the many obstacles she has confronted. Her work has risen to the top.”

As an author, Ryan has won an NAACP Image Award for her book, The Presidency in Black and White.

“It is wonderful to be honored by such an esteemed organization,” Ryan said of the NABJ award in a press release. “I am humbled and honored. So many of these [NABJ] journalists do important work and I am so thankful they would think of me for this honor. It has been an amazing couple of months and you guys give me some wind to say ‘keep going.'”

Facebook Comments

Tags:

You May Also Like

Whiteness is a Superpower

This post was originally published on this site All superheroes are white. Read more… ...

10 Black Students Falsely Accused of Not Paying IHOP Bill, Police Release Timeline of Events

This post was originally published on this site Ten Black incoming freshmen at Washington ...

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Raises Over $5.6 Million for Black Students

This post was originally published on this site The 18th Annual Leadership Institute presented ...

Police: Dallas Cop Shoots and Kills Man After Mistaking Victim’s Apartment For Her Own 

This post was originally published on this site A Dallas police officer shot and ...

Meet The Youngest Black Woman To Own A McDonald’s Franchise

This post was originally published on this site Jade Colin, 28, is McDonald’s youngest ...

Spring Makeup? It’s Handled: Kerry Washington Curates New Palettes for Neutrogena

This post was originally published on this site Here’s a not-so-Scandalous approach to easy ...

Lena Waithe To Be Honored With MTV Movie and TV Trailblazer Award

This post was originally published on this site On the heels of becoming the ...