Reporter Slams Biden Press Secretary

Karine Jean-Pierre

( – Demanding fair treatment for conservative media, New York Post reporter Steven Nelson slammed White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre for being “anti-democratic” after his attempts to ask questions were consistently overlooked during a recent press briefing. His accusation highlights ongoing tensions between the White House press office and conservative outlets.

Nelson’s frustration boiled over as Jean-Pierre concluded her briefing. He exclaimed, “It’s anti-democratic to refuse questions from one of our country’s four largest newspapers, Karine!” The New York Post, established in 1801 by Alexander Hamilton and currently the fourth-largest newspaper in the U.S. with a circulation of nearly 136,000, has frequently found itself at odds with the White House press team.

This wasn’t the first instance of discord between Nelson and Jean-Pierre. During another press briefing in early October, Nelson confronted Jean-Pierre about her refusal to engage with him. He argued, “That shows disrespect to a free and independent media, to blacklist one of our country’s largest and most widely read newspapers, Karine. That shows contempt for a free and independent press.”

Nelson isn’t the only journalist to have issues with the current press team. Cameroonian reporter Simon Ateba has also voiced grievances against Jean-Pierre and her predecessor, Jen Psaki, alleging discrimination, as reported by Newsweek.

The New York Post has been a critical voice in reporting on the Biden administration, most notably breaking the story of Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop at a Delaware computer repair shop in October 2020. The laptop contained emails regarding the Biden family’s business dealings. Following the story’s publication and citing its “hacked materials” policy, Twitter locked multiple accounts, including those of the New York Post and then-White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

In October 2020, over 50 former intelligence officials signed a letter suggesting the information from the laptop bore “all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.” However, the Daily Caller News Foundation later confirmed the legitimacy of some contents of the laptop within the same month. Subsequently, in March 2022, both The Washington Post and The New York Times verified the authenticity of the data in articles focusing on the Department of Justice’s investigations into Hunter Biden.