White House Correspondents’ Assoc. Kicks Out Reporter Who Asked About COVID Origins

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily press briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on January 12, 2023. (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Today News Africa reporter Simon Ateba’s longtime feud with White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is now coming to a head.
  • Ateba claims he is being removed from the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) as retribution for pressing Jean-Pierre on tough issues and asking hard questions.
  • “They refuse to renew my membership,” Ateba told Tucker Carlson on Thursday. “They are trying to help the press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, because when you do the right thing, when you ask the right question, they try to silence you and try to censor you.”
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