Black Press Seen, Not Heard at WH Press Conference

The Obama Administration may have switched up the seating chart at last night's press conference but black-press journos say that their VIP seats are the only attention they received.

The Obama Administration may have switched up the seating chart at last night’s press conference but black-press journos say that their VIP seats are the only attention they received.

Joseph Curl, Senior Nat’l Political Correspondent for The Wash Times reports that Black Press of America’s Hazel Edney and Tiffany Cross of BET were shocked to discover they had scored front row seats at Obama’s first prime-time presser. A first for both, they found themselves sitting among the likes of Helen Thomas, Reuters and the AP while every TV news network had been downgraded to the second row or beyond.

So what’s the problem? Neither Cross, Edney nor any other black-press reporter at the conference was allowed to pose a question to the pres.

“This was like Reagan, when he’d put all the blacks up front,” said another prominent but visibly peeved black-press reporter who asked to remain anonymous. “He oughta’ be ashamed.”

Check out Curl’s full story HERE. Interesting read.

UPDATE: This one is for our anonymous know-it-alls. If you already have or feel tempted to send us “tips” such as, “I’d imagine that Helene Cooper would be surprised to know that she isn’t black,” please read carefully. “Black-press reporters” & “black-press journalists” NOT black reporters and black journos. In short, your ability to distinguish race is superb but your keen eyes and snark are wasted on this post. I’ll screw something up later, so save your energy 🙂