WaPo: Hey, anyone notice the White House press corps is super-white?

posted at 7:21 pm on July 26, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

This is another piece in a series, “Hey, anyone notice the press is guilty of every single sin for which it crucifies the Republican Party and conservatives?”

Earlier installments:

Study: New York Times could use a binder full of women sources

Pew poll: Journalism profession drops 17 points with women in four years, is hated by pretty much everyone

Now, let them notice and bemoan the unbearable whiteness they ignore in their circles while they’re excoriating (often unfairly) any conservative gathering for the same:

When the first black president of the United States walked into the White House press room to talk about Trayvon Martin and the complexities of race in America last Friday, the people poised to convey his remarks to the world were overwhelmingly of one race — white.

At a time when one of the most contentious subjects in Washington is immigration reform — an issue of great import to many Hispanics — the people questioning the president on a regular basis are unlikely to be Hispanic themselves.

But does that matter?

The mainstream news media have always been disproportionately populated by white journalists. According to the American Society of News Editors annual survey, 12.4 percent of 38,000 newspaper journalists were racial minorities in 2012. The figure for TV journalists was 21.5 percent, and for radio was 11.7 percent, according to the Radio Television Digital News Association. These figures haven’t changed much even as the nation’s minority population has increased to about 37 percent, the U.S. Census Bureau says. Among the small but influential subset of reporters who cover the White House — arguably the most prestigious beat in American journalism — the numbers are roughly the same.

Of the 53 correspondents who regularly report from the White House, seven are African American or Asian American, according to head counts by a dozen White House correspondents, journalism organizations and other sources (figures on other minorities aren’t available). “There are just so few,” said Martha Joynt Kumar, a Towson University political scientist who has kept detailed tallies on participants in White House news conferences for decades.

Racial and ethnic diversity is prized above all, here, with no mention of socioeconomic, educational, or ideological diversity, which would also bring plenty of new perspectives into the room. There is an African-American man in the White House press corps who often gets a question in, as he’s employed by one of the major cable news networks. That man is Wendell Goler of Fox News. I wonder if those who complain about a lack of diversity in the corps find his contributions worthy or dismiss him because of his employer. He goes unmentioned in this article, while April Ryan is highlighted for questions that often hew closely to specific concerns of the black community.

The pool is also overwhelmingly male. It’s a good thing they’re almost all devoted liberals or else this might be considered an actual problem.


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Who cares about skin color? It is meaningless. I would rather see a post here criticizing the obsession with race and skin color, rather than what MKH has posted.

bluegill on July 26, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Mary Katharine, if the gilled one gets on your nerves, give her one of these.

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Even when there is that cherished ‘diversity’ among Conservative gatherings, the all-white liberal media edit videos and crop minorities out of photos.

Nothing shall be allowed to interfere with the meme.

Maybe our resident liberal racist can come and explain why it’s okay for the MSM to be so lily-white yet up to his high standards and morals about race relations.

Liam on July 26, 2013 at 7:26 PM

If this continues we’ll all be racists.

MLK died for nothing, tragically.

When obama leaves office he’ll have set race-relations back by at least 70 years in the USA. That will be his tragic legacy.

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2013 at 7:26 PM

The Beltway is without hope.

I just hope some in he country that are sane can survive the Open Borders Ruling classes that run both parties!

Can someone WITHOUT TIES TO DC start a LIBERTY PARTY???

PappyD61 on July 26, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Who cares about skin color? It is meaningless. I would rather see a post here criticizing the obsession with race and skin color, rather than what MKH has posted.

bluegill on July 26, 2013 at 7:23 PM

You can be so annoying on the SP topic, and other times too, but on this, and on Rubio/amnesty, you are 100% correct.

Nothing against your thread MKH but the nonsensical race-discussions, when the entire land is going to Hades, are all fruitless.

obama could have been a great leader on race but missed every single opportunity…heck, he intentionally divides the land, always.

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2013 at 7:29 PM

I’ve noticed that obama’s audiences in the last two days have been all white.

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Can someone WITHOUT TIES TO DC start a LIBERTY PARTY???

PappyD61 on July 26, 2013 at 7:26 PM

You got the passion Pappy, you could do it.

thebrokenrattle on July 26, 2013 at 7:32 PM

You can also use one of these. Shape it in the form of a bread ball. She is partial to bread balls. She has her own blog now.

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 7:32 PM

The pool is also overwhelmingly male. It’s a good thing they’re almost all devoted liberals or else this might be considered an actual problem.

Nail, meet hammer.

TXUS on July 26, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Jayson Blair did his darnedest to get into the WH Press Corps club.

Bitter Clinger on July 26, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Who cares about skin color? It is meaningless. I would rather see a post here criticizing the obsession with race and skin color, rather than what MKH has posted.

bluegill on July 26, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Went right over your head.

Bitter Clinger on July 26, 2013 at 7:36 PM

“Many Egyptians are beginning to turn to Moscow in search of their country’s primary world ally rather than Washington. They have taken note that Putin has shown himself to be the foe of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria as well as Egypt.”

VorDaj on July 26, 2013 at 7:39 PM

The pool is also overwhelmingly male. It’s a good thing they’re almost all devoted liberals or else this might be considered an actual problem.

It’s OK because the male journalists’ wives (or husbands) work for the Obama administration so it’s all kewl.

Resist We Much on July 26, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Pro-military masses in Cairo wave banners saying “Obama Out! Putin in!”

VorDaj on July 26, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Pro-feminist masses in NYC wave banners saying, “Weiner out! Weiner in!”

TXUS on July 26, 2013 at 7:40 PM

A white-Hispanic? How about a white-Asian? Maybe a white-Red Indian?

Karmi on July 26, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Being too ‘white’ isn’t the problem. The problem is that they are useless ideological lapdogs.

Who’ve been fixed.

trigon on July 26, 2013 at 7:43 PM

The Cracker Corps

faraway on July 26, 2013 at 7:45 PM

The Cracker Corps

faraway on July 26, 2013 at 7:45 PM

W’hars Al Sharpton when he’s really needed?!

Karmi on July 26, 2013 at 7:52 PM

WhiteHousePressCorps
@whpresscorps

Daily adventures with the White House Press Corps in their own words. And other stuff.

Washington, DC · whitehousepresscorps.org

https://twitter.com/whpresscorps

canopfor on July 26, 2013 at 8:01 PM

@whpresscorps
Daily adventures with the White House Press Corps in their own words. And other stuff.

http://www.whitehousepresscorps.org/

canopfor on July 26, 2013 at 8:05 PM

2013 White House Correspondents’ Association

http://www.whca.net/

canopfor on July 26, 2013 at 8:07 PM

By Paul Farhi, Published: July 25
**********************************

When the first black president of the United States walked into the White House press room

to talk about Trayvon Martin and the complexities of race

in America last Friday, the people poised to convey his remarks to the world were

overwhelmingly of one race — white.
=====================================

It appears,that the Hope and Change,of Hopey/Changey,has
FAILED,in the Utopian Quest for a Colour Free America,er,
World,through the Mind-Set Len(s) of Socialist/ProgTards!!

I wonder if the colour make-up, is Serendipity,or by Design,
by the White House!!!

canopfor on July 26, 2013 at 8:17 PM

They’re trying to be whiter than the trolls at MSNBC.

22044 on July 26, 2013 at 8:24 PM

But does that matter?

It does not, and I’m both surprised and disappointed at the suggestion of some degree of racial discrimination in the WH press corps.

You must not be aware that the MSM and the representatives it sends to the WH briefing room are, to a person, non-partisan and post-racial professional journalists.

BobMbx on July 26, 2013 at 8:30 PM

What I notice is that Bluegill has problems with good lookin’ Conservative wominz….s/he doesn’t like Palin and seems to like to bust on Mary Katherine.

Look “honey” jealousy is just really nasty emotion, please put it behind you.

JFKY on July 26, 2013 at 9:07 PM

The democrat party is totally controlled by liberal white men… This is the dirty secret that the liberal white men want to camouflage with every possible mean… Minorities, the youth, and single women, are nothing but voting blocks to give them power, in return for handouts and empty stupid socialist promises… However what is most frustrating for liberal white men is that they are not able to get a majority of the white vote and even worst they only get a small minority vote among the by far the most powerful of all groups… White Men…

mnjg on July 26, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Who gives a crap, just make the media give the Black on White crime/murder statistics instead of the “6 blacks in Chicago assalted two people” etc, but the media never tells you if they are white, but they sure as hell tell you if it is white on black so trash like Sharpton and Jackson can get on their racial pulpit

HAGGS99 on July 26, 2013 at 10:02 PM

…….. I would rather see a post here criticizing the obsession ………………

bluegill on July 26, 2013 at 7:23 PM

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KOOLAID2 on July 26, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Obama, Sharpton, Jackson, NAACP, Black Congress, Panthers, screaming Black fems on tv…what they’re all trying to create here is: “White Men are the New N******.” Because they just can’t get past their reliance on that “n-word” sickness.

By the way, research the word itself. It literally originated with the fact that many an imported black person from Africa were shipped out of “Nigeria” if not originated there. They were colloquially referred to in the States as (pronounciation here) “Nie-gers” with a “soft g” second.

“Nie – jurrs”, sounds like. That’s where the word came from, it was literally a point-of-origin reference for a new population. Just meant that’s where they were from, people from “Nigeria” or “Niger” (pronounced, “Nie-juhrr”).

Lourdes on July 26, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Obama, Sharpton, Jackson, NAACP, Black Congress, Panthers, screaming Black fems on tv…what they’re all trying to create here is: “White Men are the New N******.” Because they just can’t get past their reliance on that “n-word” sickness.

By the way, research the word itself. It literally originated with the fact that many an imported black person from Africa were shipped out of “Nigeria” if not originated there. They were colloquially referred to in the States as (pronounciation here) “Nie-gers” with a “soft g” second.

“Nie – jurrs”, sounds like. That’s where the word came from, it was literally a point-of-origin reference for a new population. Just meant that’s where they were from, people from “Nigeria” or “Niger” (pronounced, “Nie-juhrr”).

THUS, this whole “African American” self-labeling is weirdness: strange and weirdly self-loathing sort of self-labeling of an associated phrase to “Nie-juhrr” [sounds like that]. They ridicule the “n-word” thing yet they cling to and push a self-label that substitutionally, literally “means” the same thing.
Lourdes on July 26, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Lourdes on July 26, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Erroneous Formatting, Corrected:

Obama, Sharpton, Jackson, NAACP, Black Congress, Panthers, screaming Black fems on tv…what they’re all trying to create here is: “White Men are the New N******.” Because they just can’t get past their reliance on that “n-word” sickness.

By the way, research the word itself. It literally originated with the fact that many an imported black person from Africa were shipped out of “Nigeria” if not originated there. They were colloquially referred to in the States as (pronounciation here) “Nie-gers” with a “soft g” second.

“Nie – jurrs”, sounds like. That’s where the word came from, it was literally a point-of-origin reference for a new population. Just meant that’s where they were from, people from “Nigeria” or “Niger” (pronounced, “Nie-juhrr”).

THUS, this whole “African American” self-labeling is weirdness: strange and weirdly self-loathing sort of self-labeling of an associated phrase to “Nie-juhrr” [sounds like that]. They ridicule the “n-word” thing yet they cling to and push a self-label that substitutionally, literally “means” the same thing.

Lourdes on July 26, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Those danged, ole, primitive Colonialists in the Olde USA while it was barely yet a nation just shuffled around saying “Nie-juhhr” which eventually sounded like “Nie-guhhr”.

It was ONLY a word to refer to or describe “those people from Africa”…

Not excusing the word, nor have I ever used the word or excused it’s usage, but the flaming of “White People” today is based on the same sort of craziness that just will not allow a healing of a populist wrong perception or wrong action. The “Black racial movement” insists on replicating it — and thus, I do conclude, the Rap-Music (Urban Black ‘music’) meme relies on the use of the word and politically attempts to profane others using it.

Especially to Obama’s state of mind, I do think he maintains that “White people” are somehow, like Islam claims, “devils”.

Lourdes on July 26, 2013 at 11:10 PM

But the problem with the Press Corps is that they’re nearly exclusively Liberals and Democrats.

And that they’re White only reflects that Black Liberals and Black Democrats push the blatant racist-racialist-socialist thing without so much as a tiny bit of provocation. So “press” considers it milder among the Left to go with the White people…but they’re all Left and Democrats.

Any who are not thus are literally shunned and banned by the Left. Thus, they aren’t usually found among “press”.

Lourdes on July 26, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Mary Katharine, if the gilled one gets on your nerves, give her one of these.

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 7:25 PM

You can also use one of these. Shape it in the form of a bread ball. She is partial to bread balls. She has her own blog now.

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 7:32 PM

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Aw yeahhhhhhhhhhhh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . that’s the “stuff.” : )

listens2glenn on July 26, 2013 at 11:16 PM

There was a Black guy on O’Reilly yesterday who is a faculty member at some New York college/university (I didn’t notice where, though he was identified with sub-titling).

Every time O’Reilly pointed out a problem among Blacks, by Blacks, misunderstandings, wrong causes, etc., that “professor” guy would turn it around and quickly identified the problem as the result of lack of justice or lack-of-whatever experienced by Blacks (because of, he implied, “White racism”).

You can’t argue with stupid. Truly, that guy, Black or White, professor or not, was not very bright. He was not oriented on objectivity and problem solving (“discovery”), he was focused on making his point of view, subjective one, as some sort of “fact” or otherwise, empowered because he was “a professor”.

This is what is being fed to youth today in public education. Thus, the bad behaviors, indulgences of wrong acts, rationalizations about wrong doing socially and psychologically (and behaviorally) are indulged, encouraged and their liabilities actually supported by people just as that.

Lourdes on July 26, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Creepy ass crackers

Hummer53 on July 26, 2013 at 11:26 PM

President Obama Hosts Iftar Dinner at the White House

Aren’t we gonna have a WH Iftar dinner thread?

Akzed on July 27, 2013 at 1:24 AM

Creepy ass crackers
Hummer53 on July 26, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Yep. I second that. Cwackazz!

Sherman1864 on July 27, 2013 at 8:11 AM

I’ve noticed that obama’s audiences in the last two days have been all white.
Schadenfreude on July 26, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Plus that extremely obese lady, in case she missed you.

Sherman1864 on July 27, 2013 at 8:13 AM

Who cares about skin color? It is meaningless. I would rather see a post here criticizing the obsession with race and skin color, rather than what MKH has posted.
bluegill on July 26, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Sometimes skin coloration can be an indication of illness, so it is not always meaningless.

Just saying.

Sherman1864 on July 27, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Ever notice the NBA,NFL and AFL are mostly black men? What’s your point?

mixplix on July 27, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Who cares about skin color? It is meaningless. I would rather can’t see a the post that MKH actually did here criticizing the obsession with race and skin color, rather than what I convince myself MKH has posted.

bluegill on July 26, 2013 at 7:23 PM

S. D. on July 27, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Even Obama’s handlers are not dumb enough to hire illiterate residents of Chicago who can’t read or go 15 minutes without picking a fight. Or live next to them, for that matter.

MelonCollie on July 27, 2013 at 9:10 AM

No surprise. Like Hollyweed, they do a lot of preaching. It’s the “practice” part they’re having a hard time with.

GarandFan on July 27, 2013 at 9:35 AM

One does not need race to judge character.

The WH Press Corps. refuses to ask hard questions, refuses to find out why the WH wants members of the press investigated, refuses to hold the Administration accountable.

There is no character to be found amongst them at all.

These aren’t journalists.

They are apparatchiks.

ajacksonian on July 27, 2013 at 11:28 AM

But….but….they have CREDENTIALS!…and know stuff.

Another Drew on July 27, 2013 at 1:17 PM

I’ve been noticing that the only time Obama shows white folks behind him at speeches is when he is criticizing whites or race baiting. They all sit there with vacuous expressions on their faces. I refer to them as the Obama Stepford Wives. Conversly he uses black people as props whenever he’s speaking in that fake ebonic tone about the struggle or Sel ma. Funny how the black folks have that same Stepford vacant look on their faces too. Of course no Republicans are ever allowed because they might actually boo or frown. The WH knows that the whites in the Press Corps are The Stepford Press so whether they are black or white doesn’t matter they won’t ask any questions that could harm their savior.

neyney on July 27, 2013 at 7:47 PM

According to the census, African Americans make up 13.6 percent of the total U.S. population.

Black or African American make up 12.6 % and Asian American make up 4.8 %.

So,seven are African American or Asian American our of 53 is 13.2%, so 2 more would be in order.

J_Crater on July 27, 2013 at 9:50 PM

If Obama had a Press Corps (“corpse”), it would look like him.

NoPain on July 29, 2013 at 7:49 AM