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11/10/2018

April Ryan: When You Tell Me to Sit Down When It’s Not My Turn, That’s RACIST!!!!

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:11 am

April Ryan has a grievance, and her grievance is against Donald Trump. She expresses it in a piece titled: April Ryan: I’m a black woman. Trump loves insulting people like me:

Friday, when CNN’s Abby Phillip asked Trump if he wanted newly-designated acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker to “rein in” Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Trump tried to dismiss her by saying: “What a stupid question that is. What a stupid question. But I watch you a lot, you ask a lot of stupid questions.” Wednesday at the White House, he told me to “sit down.” In Friday’s press gaggle, he called me “nasty” and a “loser,” never mind my 21 years, covering four presidents as a reporter for American Urban Radio Networks.

It’s not hard to find the common denominator: Though there’s hardly anyone — from his predecessors to senators in his own party — he won’t try to shout down with ad hominem insults, Trump relishes, and injects venom into, verbal attacks against women of color.

She links to a Twitter video of her being asked to sit down:

Here’s an even better angle, in which you can see her repeatedly standing up and trying to hijack the press conference when it’s not her turn:

It’s her turn when she says it is. If you disagree, you’re racist.

The White House has had issues with me ever since January, when I asked, “Mr. President, are you a racist?” After his response to Charlottesville, after “s—hole countries,” after “get that son of a b— off the field” and “What the hell do you have to lose?” it’s more than a fair question, it’s necessary. As a black woman journalist, I’m going to keep asking it and continue seeking answers. That’s my job and I am up for it.

Here’s a video of that moment, asking that “necessary” question:

By the way, April Ryan’s bio for her grievance piece states:

April Ryan is White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks. She is the author, most recently, of “Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House.”

I cannot read that without hearing in my head one of those guys with the deep voices who does the movie trailers (you know, the cliche kind where, with “Solsbury Hill” playing in the background, the guy intones: IN A WORLD…) solemnly pronouncing the phrases:

APRIL RYAN is ON THE FRONT LINES and she is [dramatic pause] [one more dramatic pause, for feeling] UNDER FIRE

My, the BATTLE SCARS she must have from those SKIRMISHES, dodging the incoming ROCKET ATTACKS of people telling her to sit down when it’s not her turn!

Wait your turn, lady. Until then, sit down and shaddap. That’s not racism. That’s common courtesy.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

104 Responses to “April Ryan: When You Tell Me to Sit Down When It’s Not My Turn, That’s RACIST!!!!”

  1. I remember Jimmy Carter’s press conferences, which were basically scrums for attention. Then Reagan came in and said this was NOT going to happen on his watch. And it didn’t.

    The problem here is twofold — Trump’s WH is chaotic and it’s contagious, and the reporters have no respect for this President, which they make abundantly clear.

    Kevin M (a57144)

  2. Please sit your fat ass down and wait your turn.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  3. Trump thought balloon:

    “First up against the wall … no, second up against the wall .. no, third…”

    Kevin M (a57144)

  4. cnn lol they’re kind of a clown show huh

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  5. Another Trump thought balloon:

    “And these are the people who call ME a moron!”

    Kevin M (a57144)

  6. They have an insatiable need to make the story about themselves and portray themselves as picked on, victimized and heroic in their brave attempts to speak truth to power.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  7. IOW, typical lefty mindset.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  8. “Grievance Monger Plays Race Card: Story at nine.”

    nk (dbc370)

  9. I’m leaning toward Trump being a racist, but telling an adversarial reporter to sit down is not a racist act, not after a similar confrontation with an obnoxious white guy like Acosta.

    Paul Montagu (4575b4)

  10. “It’s not hard to find the common denominator“

    I didn’t know Jim Acosta was African-American.

    Munroe (309b18)

  11. Post-racialist is what he is.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  12. We know who dwells on race. It ain’t this president.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  13. This country needs to catch up. When the left pulls the race card talks about intersectionalism bah blah bah blah they need to be laughed at. They do it again, laugh at them again. And so on, and so on.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  14. Grievance Monger Plays Race Card

    Trump’s midterm strategy summed up in four words.

    April Ryan is off-base on the racism thing though – Spanky’s contempt for women is universal.

    Dave (9664fc)

  15. Bad math skills.

    Sad…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  16. Free your mind and your ass will follow.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  17. she whined about racism cause she wanted attention

    and she got it

    that’s how this works you see

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  18. Lacks basic math skillz

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  19. She was the one that said Sarah didn’t bake j her own pies,

    Narciso (cf3695)

  20. So you’re saying Ryan hates women, narciso?

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  21. Draw your own conclusions, coronello.

    Narciso (cf3695)

  22. He’s a bigot. End of story.

    Archie Bunker was from Queens, too.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  23. “I’m a black woman – Trump loves insulting people like me!”

    Honestly, I sort of get the impression Trump enjoys insulting almost anyone.

    Stephen J. (c9e1a2)

  24. Have insults, will travel…

    hey there julia
    actin’ so peculiar
    i’d never fool ya

    Colonel Haiku (f2bc98)

  25. when fox laughs at alexandria ocasio-cortez because she worked as a bar tender and is not rich enough to afford a an apartment in d.c. until her salary comes in three months. only rich people should run for office. she should sleep in a homeless shelter or bus stop bench or leave governing to the rich.

    lany (82fff2)

  26. now she’s got all the attention and acosta’s gonna have to assault another young girl to get the spotlight back on him

    it’s a vicious cycle of racism and violence

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  27. Whether Trump is racist, misogynist, narcissist, or all the above, he’s most definitely an a$$hole. Two, or four, things can be true at once, but when everyone involved is an a$$hat, then I’d lean towards mutual ASSured destruction.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (68437d)

  28. President Trump’s really nice but he knows you have to treat these trashy reporters like naughty children especially the dirty cnn ones

    if they’d grow up and act like adults then President Trump could treat them like adults

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  29. I tend to think Trump does have racist tendencies, and he is definitely a boor and a rude and awful person. But “evidence” like this irritates me as much as he does, if not more.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  30. These reporters believe their own bull****.

    No, you are not at the White House to act as the vanguard of Western Civilization. You are there at the pleasure of the president of the United States of America to report on what he tells you.

    Gryph (08c844)

  31. So-called reporters should only give their opinions if and when asked. Otherwise, stick to the facts.

    Colonel Haiku (f2bc98)

  32. 29. It’s enough to make you throw up in your mouth a little, isn’t it? The libwitted lefties are so over the top, I often find myself (GASP!) defending Trump from the more outlandish of their accusations.

    The particularly nasty thing about having a churlish boor as a president in this age of victimhood is that every Tom, Dick, and Harriet with a perceived grievance will eagerly line up to get their piece of the victimhood pie.

    Gryph (08c844)

  33. Alexandria Occasional-Cortex deserves as much respect as she gives.

    Colonel Haiku (f2bc98)

  34. No, you are not at the White House to act as the vanguard of Western Civilization. You are there at the pleasure of the president of the United States of America to report on what he tells you.

    I’m assuming this is pure sarcasm because, if not, you fundamentally misunderstand the United States of America.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (744849)

  35. 34. Oh, do I? Explain to me what you believe about the United States of America and why I’m wrong.

    Gryph (08c844)

  36. So now reporters are the vanguard of Western Civilization? And they are entitled to press posts at the White House? I mean, come on! What is it I’m getting wrong here?

    Gryph (08c844)

  37. Over there, over there
    Send the word, send the word, don’t despair;
    That the Trump’s not coming,
    The dead nose-thumbing,
    The weather’s misting up the air;

    Do prepare, raincoat wear,
    Send the word, Orange Turd, grow a pair,
    It’s just Stormy, ride it out, Trumpy,
    And don’t fly back till it’s over, over there

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  38. Oh, do I? Explain to me what you believe about the United States of America and why I’m wrong.

    You should check out this FAQ, the 1st one especially.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (744849)

  39. Not one question about the MLK holiday bill he just signed, I notice.

    Why didn’t the Most Wonderful President Ever make it a federal holiday?

    Patricia (3363ec)

  40. 38. Okay. Gotcha. And where in there does it say that reporters are entitled to White House access? Last time I checked, having a press pass revoked does not infringe on one’s ability/right to report on the president.

    Gryph (08c844)

  41. No, you are not at the White House to act as the vanguard of Western Civilization. You are there at the pleasure of the president of the United States of America to report on what he tells you.

    I assume you don’t mean that they are mere scribes, but taken at face value your comment could be read to imply that. Surely you agree that their duties go beyond simply reporting whatever garbage Trump tells them, and extends to analysis of whether it’s true, contextual facts, and so forth.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  42. 41. They are free, per the 1st amendment, to report on what Trump tells them in whatever context or manner they choose (including dishonestly). THAT is what the 1st amendment means. It does not guarantee the press unfettered access to the White House or any other government facility.

    Gryph (08c844)

  43. President Trump!

    i will

    scribe for

    you!

    darlin if you want me to

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  44. So now reporters are the vanguard of Western Civilization? And they are entitled to press posts at the White House? I mean, come on! What is it I’m getting wrong here?

    I’m ignoring your hyperbole. The press does not exist to “report on what he tells you.”. No one has said they are “entitled” to posts at the White House, but they’re completely entitled to say what they think while they’re there. Your thinking another country with state run media, like RT or Sputnik maybe?

    What is it I’m getting wrong here?

    All of it, via either willful ignorance or wishful thinking. We report, you decide.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (744849)

  45. In fact, I would go so far as to say that any reporter of any ideo-political stripe who tells you they are reporting the news without bias is either lying or severely deluded. I have no problem with bias, including liberal bias. What I want from my news media is honesty.

    Gryph (08c844)

  46. 44. Oh absolutely. They are entitled to say what they think, and if they are rude they run a very real risk of having their press pass revoked. It’s not like Acosta was thrown in jail. He’s been shamed, and I think that is far more efficacious as a punishment for the boorish behavior that he engaged in.

    Gryph (08c844)

  47. Look, if we agree that no reporter is entitled to White House access, then we’re really not disagreeing. If we disagree on that point, it will never be resolved until and unless such a matter is litigated in federal court. Given that the federal court is itself a branch of the federal government, I wouldn’t hold my breath that the federal government would rule against itself in any substantive manner.

    And as for Acosta, he may have to swallow his pride, but I think he’ll eventually be back in the White House press pool. It is too valuable a posting for a media jackal to give up over something so stupid. If not, there will be someone else from CNN to replace him.

    Gryph (08c844)

  48. She’s a rich architects daughter, he owned the firm,

    He has no shamed he clobbered all over Fidel in the spring of 2016

    Narciso (3e1b35)

  49. teh fat-assed Ryan
    teh Acosta Accosting
    and now Dave can’t count

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  50. see post 14 for details…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  51. all in fun, cuz we’ve all been there.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  52. april ryan’s FAT
    and FAT people are funny
    except when they’re rude

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  53. Remember that speech in Warsaw, consider how Asia bibi isn’t safe In the UK, and you see who is upholding the traditions of the west.

    Narciso (3e1b35)

  54. He just doesn’t genuflect to Sharpton and Jackson, although like many he once did.

    Narciso (3e1b35)

  55. “I assume you don’t mean that they are mere scribes, but taken at face value your comment could be read to imply that. Surely you agree that their duties go beyond simply reporting whatever garbage Trump tells them, and extends to analysis of whether it’s true, contextual facts, and so forth.”

    Stenographers and court reporters would be a vast improvement to be quite honest. You can quibble and editorialize all you want on the printed page, doing it in public tends to quickly devolve to every single other press outlet adapting, pushing boundaries further, and competitively one-upping you on the gotcha games until everyone in the press gang earns ‘enemy of the people’ status.

    You may have an abstract profession that theoretically reaches across all limits, but you also live in a physical country with laws and rulers and such, which they’ll learn very quickly one their owners realize that the reporter games are benefiting more than hindering Trump.

    I take a moderate position and say that no press outlet should be given any access to the president or anyone else in DC if their stories don’t have a public comment section moderated in an evenhanded, nonpartisan fashion.

    Ajami (cb5d31)

  56. 55.

    I take a moderate position and say that no press outlet should be given any access to the president or anyone else in DC if their stories don’t have a public comment section moderated in an evenhanded, nonpartisan fashion.

    That would rule out most of the current White House press corps, if not all of it, according to my definition of the terms “evenhanded” and “nonpartisan.”

    Gryph (08c844)

  57. The media have such a high opinion of themselves, that they believe any behavior on their part is acceptable. They could get more accomplished if they would act in some kind of orderly way. You’d think they were at some kind of beer bash instead of the White House.

    I think that Acosta should have had his credentials revoked–I have no problem with that given his ridiculous behavior; Trump didn’t revoke all of CNN–perhaps they would like to be treated the way Obama treated Fox during his 8 years in office.

    Rochf (877dba)

  58. “racist tendencies” – oh, ok. I guess white Liberals do NOT have racist tendencies, but get to judge other white people, and pontificate on whether their racism.

    Oh, sorry NOT Racist – just neo-racist, or semi-racist, or not racist but “racist racist”.

    I’m tired of all this liberal race-baiting, and CONSTANT attempts to label anyone they don’t like as racist.

    Its just weird distraction from the real issues. But I guess people like to play the race-baiting game.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  59. Racisty racists…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  60. All of it, via either willful ignorance or wishful thinking.

    OK, let’s tone it down please.

    Patterico (0240e5)

  61. 41. They are free, per the 1st amendment, to report on what Trump tells them in whatever context or manner they choose (including dishonestly). THAT is what the 1st amendment means. It does not guarantee the press unfettered access to the White House or any other government facility

    I certainly don’t think they have a right to unfettered access.

    Patterico (0240e5)

  62. I tend to think Trump does have racist tendencies,

    Well, his utter lack of introspection makes that likely, but what he really suffers from is a disrespect for EVERYONE. His racism would be that he disrespects some people for different reasons.

    You could be bleeding out in the street and all he’d do would be to pull his trouser legs up and comment about how inconsiderate you are, and race wouldn’t matter.

    Kevin M (a57144)

  63. They mostly pass the latest narrative, with little documentation, Jim rotenberg set forth thr new standard anything goes.

    Narciso (2814d9)

  64. What do you suppose would’ve happened to Jim Acosta if he’d pulled that crap on FDR? My betting is that not only would his pass be pulled, but his organization’s as well until they fired him and said “pretty please”.

    Kevin M (a57144)

  65. It takes two to tangle. Trump wants these teapot tempests. If he did not, it would be an easy thing to enforce a rule: “Ask good faith factual questions and compose your editorials on your own time.”

    nk (dbc370)

  66. That would make for a very short press conference. They aren’t interested in the state of the economy, they seem razor focused on this snipe hunt, conducted by some one with a track record of abuse of power,

    Narciso (2814d9)

  67. Like I said they thought he had been humiliated by the outcome, and he’s not taking that tack, now the fact there seems to be rampant voter fraud media malpractice by many outlets including fox that’s not his problem

    Narciso (2814d9)

  68. Heh! And I just figured out why Trump ditched the WWI memorial ceremony in France. It was not for fear of pneumonia. It was, not necessarily in this order, 1) his “hair”, and 2) Melania’s six-inch stilettos sinking into the wet ground.

    nk (dbc370)

  69. 63. Then you and I agree, at least on that particular point. You know I have no love for Trump the person, but access to the White House as a member of its press pool is a privilege. And I’d like to start seeing reporters on the White House beat treat it as such.

    Gryph (5efbad)

  70. @66. FDR invited the WH press into the Oval Office twice a week for Q&A and answered any and all questions; FDR held 337 press conferences in his first term alone— and 998 in his 12 years as president. – source, quora.com

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  71. You can’t imagine why someone who pointedly targeted no go zones, might have a problem in a gathering of world leaders btw how long ago was Bataclan

    Narciso (2814d9)

  72. “FDR invited the WH press into the Oval Office twice a week for Q&A and answered any and all questions;”
    DCSCA (797bc0) — 11/10/2018 @ 7:37 pm

    Unless you were Japanese-American, as he had put them in internment camps.

    Munroe (af1999)

  73. Sigh. That’s because in the Oval Office he could remain seated. He was paralyzed from the waist down because of polio, and went to great lengths to hide it, as did his friendly reporters.

    nk (dbc370)

  74. You could be bleeding out in the street and all he’d do would be to pull his trouser legs up and comment about how inconsiderate you are, and race wouldn’t matter.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  75. 72. I wonder how many of those reporters, if any, had the nerve to try to Acosta him? I wasn’t around back then, but I have a feeling there was a certain decorum that’s no longer in place among the White House press corps.

    But Trump isn’t the first crass douchebag to achieve the presidency. LBJ was infamous among White House staffers for holding meetings while on the toilet, complete with dropped trou.

    Gryph (08c844)

  76. that was like ten years ago mr. patterico and in the meantime mr. trump the president has learned to be tough while remaining sensitive a man for the twenty-first century

    nk (dbc370)

  77. Ms. Ryan, like her counterpart Don Lemon, and President Obama are as racist as they come. They hate whites because they assume they aren’t allies to their leftist agenda and call blacks that don’t vote the party line “uncle toms.”

    Can’t get more racist than that.

    NJRob (1d7532)

  78. No more press conferences. Both Trump and the idiot press would win.

    mg (9e54f8)

  79. does the old fat cnn jake tapper fake news propaganda slopper need more attention today?

    it’s a sunny day maybe she could stay home and eat pop tarts

    you know she likes pop tarts she likes to put them in her face

    what a lovely sunday this might be

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  80. 76, not only that, fair host, his complaining of “people dying in the streets” and aversion to rendering aid gives socialized medicine (perhaps a much more restricted version) a lifeline in an age where it has been thoroughly discredited in other lands.

    urbanleftbehind (e01401)

  81. Are these media pundits or journalists? Journalists are independent of an agenda; they balance competing narratives; they gather facts rather than manufacture spin or manufacture stories; they promote civil exchange; and they are accountable when they fail on any of these. Too many in the media are pundits masquerading as journalists. Jim Acosta is obviously biased…and though he does not have to respect Trump, he ought to respect the office of the Presidency (even if Trump does not always do so himself). Trump obviously plays this up with his war against the media and fake news, but there is no obligation for the President to entertain bad-faith partisan snipes….leave that for the op-ed pages where it is clear that we are reading opinion versus a serious quest for the truth. If we as a people want more serious politics, rather than some sort of reality TV bastardization, then is should start by calling out people like Acosta and Ryan….and insisting that Trump respect the office. Both are needed…

    AJ_Liberty (165d19)

  82. The French need

    mg (9e54f8)

  83. The French need not receive anything from America. What a bunch of girls. Man, they really do suck as a people.

    mg (9e54f8)

  84. If Trump had any balls he would’ve stood up gave them the middle finger salute and left.

    mg (9e54f8)

  85. insolent et insouciant

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  86. the fench is wanting to rebrand

    fance isn’t selling like it did once upon a time you see

    just surly muslims, indolent and woman-hating

    these are the takers the fench is finding

    cause there is no our in fance no mores

    it belongs to them now

    surly muslims, indolent and woman-hating

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  87. #76 You could be bleeding out in the street and all he’d do would be to pull his trouser legs up and comment about how inconsiderate you are, and race wouldn’t matter.
    –CNN youtube here—

    …am I wrong in thinking that this wasn’t a “hoi toi” rich man’s revulsion of some injured “pleb” and just a reaction from a known germaphobe? Who remarked in a Trumpian Manner in awe… of how quickly the Marines moved to save that man?

    Or, am I missing something here??

    whembly (d40ad5)

  88. …am I wrong in thinking that this wasn’t a “hoi toi” rich man’s revulsion of some injured “pleb” and just a reaction from a known germaphobe?

    Could be, but the words that come to my mind are:
    Sissy. Wuss. Pansy. Coward. Milksop. Baby. Wimp. Softie. Chicken. Milquetoast. Mama’s boy. Pantywaist. Twinkie. Crybaby. Powder-puff. Snowflake. Feeble. Cowardly. Effeminate. Effete. Unmanly.

    Who remarked in a Trumpian Manner in awe… of how quickly the Marines moved to save that man?

    It’s not unusual for lavender boys to admire manly men. On the contrary, I would guess that it’s an essential part of being a lavender boy.

    nk (dbc370)

  89. Who remarked in a Trumpian Manner in awe… of how quickly the Marines moved to save that man?

    As opposed to the normal reaction, to look to see if there was a way to help.

    kishnevi (bb03e6)

  90. Hardened hearts gonna H8.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  91. 91 “Or, am I missing something here??”
    What you’re missing, or evading, is how Trumpsters keep insisting that their hero is the most ballsy bad-a$$ president ever – a man of dauntless courage, uniquely equipped to fight back. They confuse Trump’s glorified image of himself with the reality.

    Radegunda (9e0773)

  92. FDR invited the WH press into the Oval Office twice a week for Q&A and answered any and all questions; FDR held 337 press conferences in his first term alone— and 998 in his 12 years as president. – source, quora.com

    FDR could not be quoted directly, unless he approved. And I’ve read the transcripts of many of FDR’s press conferences and 90% of the questions are unchallenging “What do you think of this” and “What are you going to do about that”. Any reporter who was disrespectful got bounced and frozen out by the other reporters. Press photographers who tried to take a picture of FDR in his wheelchair or in braces got their cameras broken by the Secret Service and the sometimes other reporters.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  93. 75. And as cited in post #96, the unfriendly reporters weren’t let in at all.

    Gryph (08c844)

  94. so much in the vein of jeff ‘enchanted’ zeleny, now at cnn, then, or ben bradlee covering up his friend jfk’s dalliances, now if they asked some real questions about the economy, but instead they waste their time on the mueller pantomime horse, or insisting ‘hey hey ho ho, western culture’s got to go’ jesse jacksons legacy is longstanding, I bet you they all have internalized the baseline essays, among that cohort,

    narciso (d1f714)

  95. If they haven’t internalized the baseline essays, I have a suggestion on how they can speedily accomplish that.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  96. Heh, the baseline essays are this notion that the Greeks stole civilization from Africa. Someone was actually teaching this view in a class room

    Narciso (dceb8c)

  97. Cleopatra was black, too. So was Hannibal. And let’s not forget Scipio Africanus.

    nk (dbc370)

  98. No she was Greek, and seeing Anthony Hopkins or George peppard well there’s your proof, tongue planted in cheek.

    Narciso (5c23e5)

  99. Whoever heard of a Greek with cornrows? If you can’t trust Afro Sheen commercials ….

    nk (dbc370)

  100. I have missed this platform. What did I miss? 😀

    The Emperor (217757)

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