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Monday’s White House press briefing was unlike any one previously as Today News Africa’s Simon Ateba seized the spotlight and, seconds after the ever-inept Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stepped to the podium, began berating Jean-Pierre for allegedly not having called on him in seven months. When he wouldn’t quiet down, other reporters got involved and it descended into a rather tense scene that would soon be repeated moments later.
One could argue the move harkened back to the days of liberal activists masquerading as journalists with Jim Acosta, Brian Karem, and April Ryan pitching daily hissy fits that left them financially enriched and subjects of puffball profiles. Of course, their outbursts were never met with apologies from the Associated Press or officers in the White House Correspondents Association.