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April Ryan, a reporter for American Urban Radio Networks, accused White House aide Omarosa Manigault of telling her, during a tense exchange at the White House last week,
that Ryan she was among a group of reporters on whom the White House is keeping dossiers with negative information. Ryan claimed that she was “physically intimidated” by Manigault, and described Manigault’s behavior as threatening enough to be “Secret Serviceable,” implying that it warranted intervention by law enforcement officers. The accusation was widely circulated on the web as an example of the President’s “Nazi” conduct toward the news media.
Manigault denied Ryan’s accusations, and called them “fake news.” Ah, but now we learn that a White House media employee recorded the encounter, and the recording backs up Omarosa.
Ryan, amusingly, is outraged and claiming to be a victim of a surreptitious recording she never consented to. “This is about her trying to smear my name. This is freaking Nixonian.” April says she may sue… for slander?
Here is one more example of how smug and self-righteous journalists are also often as ignorant as a pile of dog collars. Making such a recording is legal under D.C. law, which has a “one-party consent” law that recordings if one person in the conversation consents. As for a slander suit, how would that work? The tape would be evidence that April Ryan slandered Manigault, not the other way around.
Ryan claims that the tape must have been altered. Sure she does. The Washington Post and other sources report that other journalists on the scene do not back Ryan’s account of the argument between the two women, and nobody heard anything about “dossiers.”
Manigault told reporters that White House media staff regularly record interviews between reporters and officials. “We do it all the time,” she said. “When you come into [the press staff’s offices], you’re on the record.”
When you know that the entire mainstream news media is out to get you, and that there are reporters like Ryan, taping everything makes perfect sense.
Nah, the news media isn’t “the opposition party.” Nah, it’s not biased–whatever would give you that idea?
(Kudos to the Washington Post for reporting this media bias smoking gun, incidentally.)
Source: Washington Post
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