April Ryan: Blacks Are The "Opposition" In Press Room, Some Reporters Feel "Friendship" With Trump Admin

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On CNN Monday night with host Don Lemon, White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) April Ryan said reporters are afraid to take on White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders because they are a "different breed" of journalist than we have seen in the past and some are friendly to the Trump administration from covering the candidate on the campaign trail. Ryan even said there are reporters who are "from the same party" in the briefing room.

"When I say a different breed of reporter, some of these reporters were embedded with the candidates, and when they come in, they feel a friendship to a certain extent with them, then you have reporters who are from the same party," Ryan said.

"I mean, I remember there was a time, and Don, I know you remember this, we used to hear someone on TV say, 'that's the way it was.' And you didn't know his politics, you just trusted the facts," she said.





Ryan also said if you are "someone of a different race" (speaking about herself) in the press room you are "considered the opposition." She also said she doesn't bring her politics to the briefing room, she just wants to know about "what's right and wrong."

"Now if you question [the Trump White House], you're considered someone from the opposing party, versus just trying to get the facts. And God forbid, you are someone of a different race, I was speaking of myself, you're considered an opposition. I don't bring my politics, I just ask questions about what's right and wrong, or things that go on in Washington," Ryan argued.

From her Monday night appearance:

DON LEMON: I know you sit there in the briefings every single day, and you have to try to fight to get out. And the moment you do, Sarah Sanders cuts you off and then she goes to somebody else. And the next person most times, doesn't ask the same person. Why doesn't the next person ask the same question as the person before them, until she answers the question because she can't keep cutting off everyone else? Why does this White House have such a problem with the truth and with facts? Is this a strategy?

APRIL RYAN, AURN: Yeah, of course, it's a strategy. There's an intimidation factor in that room from this White House. I've watched some of the greats in that room, reporters, keep asking questions. And reporters behind them follow up. There's a different breed of reporter now, and some may get upset with me in that room, but, hey, it's what it is. I was there and I saw some of the greats as they left. But when it comes to.

LEMON: What do you mean a different breed of reporter?

RYAN: A different breed of reporter. When I say a different breed of reporter, some of these reporters were embedded with the candidates, and when they come in, they feel a friendship to a certain extent with them, then you have reporters who are from the same party who are leaning.

I mean, I remember there was a time, and Don, I know you remember this, we used to hear someone on TV say, 'that's the way it was.' And you didn't know his politics, you just trusted the facts.

And now if you question, you're considered someone from the opposing party, versus just trying to get the facts. And God forbid, you are someone of a different race, I was speaking of myself, you're considered an opposition. I don't bring my politics, I just ask questions about what's right and wrong, or things that go on in Washington.

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