On Monday, Tucker Carlson reportedly defended Simon Ateba, just hours after the Today News Africa reporter confronted the White House press secretary over her decision to allegedly not call on him due to his tendency to ask difficult questions.
Ateba has long made the accusation about White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, and before her, Jen Psaki, for not calling on him frequently enough.
He has regularly voiced his dissatisfaction by bringing up the issue in the briefing room, which has apparently irritated some of the members of the White House press corps, including frequent Fox News guest Jeff Mason.
Carlson displayed a video of the event, which showed an enraged Mason attempting to silence Ateba.
Carlson blasted the response of many of the to the situation reporters, singling out Mason for special abuse for defending the press secretary over a fellow journalist :
“Outrageous doesn’t even describe what we just played for you. So here you have the White House press secretary whose job it is to answer questions from journalists on behalf of the entire American population hijacking the event to promote a TV show and then screaming at a guy who wants his questions answered.” Carlson said.
“And then the other shills in the room don’t take the side of their fellow journalist, but take the side of the lady at the front to whom they were actually beholden and try and shut down Simon Ateba. Who did that? This is a partial list that would include Jeff Mason of Reuters who should be ashamed, Brian Karem of CNN, Associated Press correspondent Zeke Miller.”