During a Wednesday press conference, there was a moment of contention between White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and Steven Nelson, a reporter from the New York Post. Nelson interjected, expressing frustration that Jean-Pierre had not addressed his questions for about "two seasons."
"You haven't called on me in two seasons, Karine," voiced Nelson.
Jean-Pierre responded, "And I’m not calling on you today," then motioned to another journalist, instructing, "Go ahead."
As Jean-Pierre made multiple efforts to engage a different journalist, Nelson continued to voice his concerns, stating, "You should be ashamed of that. That shows disrespect to a free and independent media, to blacklist one of our country's largest and most widely read newspapers, Karine. That shows contempt for a free and independent press."
Responding to his remarks, Jean-Pierre said, "I'm calling on somebody who I haven't called on for a long time as well. Go ahead," and proceeded to address another reporter's question.
Later, Nelson shared his thoughts on the matter via his X account.
"The @NYPost is our country's oldest daily newspaper. We have 4th-largest print circulation and only NY Times has more web traffic @PressSec last called on me in May, and on a colleague in July. The May exchange was also about press freedom issues," he noted, and provided a link to an article discussing the Biden administration’s procedure for pre-selecting reporters for special events.
The @NYPost is our country's oldest daily newspaper. We have 4th-largest print circulation and only NY Times has more web traffic@PressSec last called on me in May, and on a colleague in July. The May exchange was also about press freedom issues: https://t.co/lNhoE8KSfD https://t.co/4FdRDZvlQ3
— Steven Nelson (@stevennelson10) October 11, 2023
Nelson has often clashed with White House figures, including President Biden himself. In June, Nelson broached a sensitive topic with Biden concerning alleged dealings with Ukrainian officials.
"Why did the Ukraine FBI informant file refer to you as the 'Big Guy,’ Mr. Biden?" Nelson inquired.
Biden, after a moment's hesitation, retorted with, "Why’d you ask such a dumb question?"
Furthermore, Jean-Pierre recently sidestepped a question from Nelson about a CNN poll where over half of the respondents believed Biden had ties to his son’s business activities.
Just a week ago, Jean-Pierre expressed her impatience with another journalist, saying, "You're wasting our time, sir," after he mentioned waiting four months to pose a question.
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