The White House Correspondents Association has booted a non-establishment journalist from its rotation of mostly left-wing reporters allowed to attend President Donald Trump’s daily coronavirus briefings.
Because of concerns about social distancing, the association recently decreed that only a certain number of White House correspondents may attend the briefings at any given time. And so to make the playing field fair, the association began rotating reporters.
Fast-forward to Wednesday, when One America News Network’s Chanel Rion was not on that day’s rotation, meaning she had no other choice but to sit out that day’s briefing.
But despite not being on the rotation, Rion showed up to Wednesday’s briefing anyway and reportedly stood in the back of the room, according to Paula Reid of CBS News:
OANN reporter once again standing in back of WH Briefing in defiance of social distancing requirements set in place by @WHCA. OANN is in the rotation of reporters who get to attend briefings but seem to think they get to play by different rules & put safety at risk. #COVIDー19 https://t.co/XhPjuib65I
— Paula Reid (@PaulaReidCBS) April 1, 2020
Note how Reid complained about Rion standing in the back “again.” According to the Los Angeles Times, she first stood in the back of the room on Tuesday.
“Before Tuesday’s briefing began, a representative of the correspondents association asked Rion to leave the room because it wasn’t her day to attend, but she refused, claiming she was there ‘as a guest of Stephanie Grisham,’ the White House press secretary,” the paper has confirmed.
Grisham hasn’t yet confirmed whether she had indeed personally invited Rion to the briefing.
Regardless, when word of Rion’s second violation reached the WHCA, the association responded by removing OANN from its rotation of reporters allowed to attend the briefing.
WHCA Statement on Removing News Organization from News Briefing Seat Rotation pic.twitter.com/KL3XcPq7Rt
— WHCA (@whca) April 1, 2020
What’s unclear is how the WHCA learned of Rion standing in the back again. Some believe Reid was the “snitch” or “tattletale,” as they’re calling her, responsible for the association learning about OANN’s alleged impropriety.
I bet you were the class snitch at school@CBS is garbage!
— 🇺🇸 General Defense (@GeneralDefense) April 2, 2020
Nobody like a snitch. pic.twitter.com/ViNmbJF1Fp
— Michael Veritas 🇺🇸🇬🇧 (@Michael_Veritas) April 2, 2020
Final straw. I’m done with @CBSNews. Can’t stand your voice anyway.
— Anthony Tedesco 🇺🇸 (@CauciHawkeye) April 2, 2020
Mom,,,,,Mom,,,, MOM!! OOAN isn’t following the rules again,,,,,,MOM!!
— frollins (@tapinbird1) April 1, 2020
What a tattletale. Did you right that nasty anonymous note to the OAN reporter too? Petty!
— Geri Fitzgerald 💝🌻 (@GeriFitzgerald) April 2, 2020
Their anger isn’t necessarily unwarranted.
For one, it appears neither Reid nor her peers made any attempts to address Rion directly about her alleged violations of the association’s rules. It’s not surprising, given as the mainstream left-wing media have demonstrated a clear-cut disdain for OANN.
To hear anti-Trump propagandists like CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter tell it, OANN is itself nothing but a pro-Trump “propaganda” outlet.
There are 100+ media outlets in the United States with bigger audiences and better journalistic reputations than @OANN. But because the channel broadcasts pro-Trump propaganda, it is given preferential treatment at the White House.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) April 1, 2020
As of Thursday morning, his dubious tweet boasted more scathing comments than it did either retweets or likes, probably because there was a rich irony to a known anti-Trump propagandist who works for a known anti-Trump propaganda network complaining about another network’s alleged propaganda.
Though to be clear, CNN’s definition of “propaganda” is essentially any word, sentence or paragraph that isn’t negative of the president.
Granted, this attitude is shared by nearly all of CNN’s peers in the mainstream media. As noted by several of Reid’s critics, it’s as if the mainstream press is a clique of uppity high school teenagers who think they’re above everybody.
Just wait until the Heathers hear of this, they will sulk so hard it will make your head spin.
— Carpe Donktum🔹 (@CarpeDonktum) April 1, 2020
— PresidentForLife (@BruceWaTheTruth) April 1, 2020
— Kosmonautica (@MemeTheStruggle) April 1, 2020
— Melissa (@MelBear26) April 1, 2020
Second, photo evidence from the briefing room suggests that, despite violating the association’s rules (reportedly with the blessing of Grisham, mind you), Rion kept plenty of space between herself and the other reporters present at the event.
Here she is not standing near anyone pic.twitter.com/HM3u5TGMFI
— Saalinator u/631 (@Saalinator) April 1, 2020
And third, Reid of CBS has no room to speak about alleged impropriety given as her employer was recently caught sharing blatantly fake news about the coronavirus crisis.
In response to the association’s decision, supporters of OANN, including Todd Starnes formerly of Fox News (which also faces incessant attacks from the mainstream media’s propagandists) have called for the president to personally intervene.
Dear @realDonaldTrump, we urge you to consider overriding the @whca and give @oann a seat in the press briefing room. Perhaps @acosta‘s seat is available?
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) April 1, 2020
Let’s be clear – the @whca has a notorious track record of attacking @realDonaldTrump and his administration. We stand with @OANN – America’s conservative television network.
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) April 1, 2020
If true, @realDonaldTrump must immediately veto. Sometimes @OANN is the only channel that covers the pandemic task force.@PressSec @DanScavino @ChanelRion @foxnews @VP @KellyannePolls
— Howard Steele (@HowardSteele5) April 1, 2020
The WHCA defended a reporter who tried to pick a fight with White House guest and now it pretends to be concerned about “safety” in trying to ban @OANN!? @realdonaldtrump should guarantee a seat for @OANN at all pressers! https://t.co/YeGIpNqHen https://t.co/O1Ekiz8W0v
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) April 2, 2020
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