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
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
“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
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
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
“Christmas comes early! Finally, good news from
@CNN,” Sanders tweeted in response.