White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre threatened to end the press conference last Monday when a reporter interrupted her to get a response to his question.
According to a report, the parts of the White House tape featuring Siimon Ateba that were published to YouTube were heavily edited.
Ateba’s claims of bias against him by the White House are audible in the full length of the briefing video.
Jean-Pierre concludes the exchange by describing Ateba as “incredibly rude” for interrupting. She went on to say that the press conference would be cut short if Ateba continued to disrupt. Ateba said he’d been briefed in this same room before, and he just wanted to ask her one question. He accused Jean-Pierre of denying freedom of the press.
Ateba claimed that it had been nine months since he was allowed to pose a question.
According to a report by Fox News, when the network contacted The White House about the modified footage, The White House replaced the missing segment of the video and claimed that the issue occurred due to a malfunction in the encoder used to transmit the live broadcast to YouTube.
Ateba said they were trying to prevent his entry to the briefing room, and he doesn’t know what lengths they’ll go to silence him.
He believes his phone or computer might be hacked at any moment. Perhaps they have acted in ways of which he is unaware. He asked that people continue to pray for him because it seemed like the start of something extremely nasty. Ateba believed that they would want to cancel him and silence him. He has no idea what the future holds for him.
Reports show Ateba was threatened with suspension or expulsion from the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) after he disrupted former White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s last press conference.
Jean-Pierre attacked Ateba when he defended Diana Glebova, a White House journalist for the Daily Caller, when she asked former White House senior medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci about the source of COVID-19.
After that incident in the briefing room, Ateba vowed to sue Jean-Pierre for discrimination.