The White House reportedly failed to invite one prominent journalist of color to this year’s Christmas party, and it’s the first time she’s been excluded from the event in 20 years.
It’s April Ryan.
And as one of the few female minority journalists with credentials to the White House press pool, who has had a history of clashing repeatedly with ex-White House press secretary Sean Spicer and his successor, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, she believes the omission is no mistake.
“I don’t think I was overlooked,” she told the Washington Post. “I think they don’t like me. For whatever reason, they have disdain for me.”
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Ryan, a longtime Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, first made national headlines after a heated exchange with Spicer in March over a question about the administration’s image, during which he told Ryan “stop shaking your head.”
Ryan captured national attention again last month after asking Sanders if the Trump administration “thinks that slavery is wrong.”
“I think it’s disgusting and absurd to suggest that anyone inside of this building would support slavery,” Sanders responded.
During the Thanksgiving weekend, the veteran White House correspondent asked Sanders via Twitter to verify if she actually baked a pie she tweeted out a photo of.
“I don’t cook much these days, but managed this Chocolate Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving at the family farm!” Sanders tweeted.
“Show it to us on a table,” Ryan responded in a tweet.
“Don’t worry April Ryan because I’m nice I’ll bake one for you next week #RealPie #FakeNews,” Sanders said back.
News of Ryan’s non-invite also arrives amid reports Tuesday that CNN, for which Ryan is a contributor, announced it would also not be attending the White House Christmas party.
“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 CNN spokesperson told The Hill.
“Christmas comes early! Finally, good news from @CNN,” Sanders tweeted in response.