WaPo Reporter Slams White House For LYING About Naomi Biden’s Wedding


A Washington Post journalist criticized the White House for misleading reporters about who could cover the wedding of President Joe Biden’s granddaughter.

Ashley Parker said the White House’s characterization of who in the press would have access to Naomi Biden’s White House wedding was similar to the lies she heard the Trump administration tell during its coverage.

Parker, a political correspondent for the Washington Post, called Trump’s lies “shameless” while Biden’s were “half too cute.”

She and other reporters complained that White House press secretary Karine Jeanne-Pierre told them the wedding would be a closed, private affair, only to see Vogue run a story of exclusive photos of the bridal party.

As journalists’ anger spread across Twitter, it was revealed that Vogue photographers did not attend the royal wedding, instead setting up a photo shoot days before.

Parker doubled down on her complaints, saying the wedding blunder was far from the Biden administration’s only lie, saying they had lied about attendees at presidential rallies and the presidents’ plans for a recent trip to Egypt.

Ashley Parker criticized the White House for misleading reporters about information about Naomi Biden’s wedding

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Naomi Biden married her fiancé Peter Neal last Saturday at the White House. She is the eldest granddaughter of Joe Biden.

Naomi Biden married her fiancé Peter Neal last Saturday at the White House. She is the eldest granddaughter of Joe Biden.

Naomi, the eldest granddaughter of Joe Biden and the son of his son Hunter, married her fiancé Peter Neal last Saturday at the White House.

Nowhere in sight at the ceremony were members of the White House press corps, whom Jeanne-Pierre had told were not allowed to attend.

But on Tuesday, when Vogue published an article filled with photos of the wedding-dressed lovers apparently at the wedding itself, those reporters lashed out at the White House.

‘I had a report in October about Vogue being tapped to cover this and I was turned down. The official explanation is that Vogue was not there on the day of,’ wrote New York Times White House correspondent Katie Rogers.’

‘Loophole = the family arranged a ‘wedding at the WH’ shoot beforehand.

‘Private’ by @PressSec = not for the White House press corps,” he added, tagging the White House press secretary.

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After the Vogue photo surfaced, Parker described the various ways she felt both the Trump administration and the Biden administration lied.

“I spent four years covering Trump WH and two years covering Biden WH,” he tweeted Tuesday morning. The fascinating thing is that they both lie, albeit in different ways. The Trump team was shameless, while the Biden team is too cute in half.

When commentators began to express their confusion and outrage at her conflating the behaviors of the two administrations, Parker tried to clarify her statement while continuing to defend her.

‘TO BE CLEAR: Not all lies are created equal and the magnitude, frequency and audacity is certainly different. But Biden WH, for example, has also exempted us from correctly reporting Biden’s SCOTUS election, his trip to Egypt, private meeting attendees, etc.

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A photo of Naomi Biden's wedding at the White House on Saturday taken from the street

A photo of Naomi Biden’s wedding at the White House on Saturday taken from the street

Naomi Biden's wedding on Saturday. The press was not allowed to join the wedding.

Naomi Biden’s wedding on Saturday. The press was not allowed to join the wedding.

Several other reporters then joined the pile.

Nancy Cook, White House correspondent for Bloomberg News, tweeted a quote from Jeanne-Pierre in which she clarified that reporters were not allowed to cover the wedding.

“White House Press Secretary Karine Jeanne-Pierre on November 18: “They have decided to do this private wedding. It is a family event. It is, and we will respect Naomi and Peter’s wishes,” she wrote.

Niels Lesniewski, a correspondent for Roll Call, said the deal with Vogue should have been crystal clear.

“I think we all knew this would happen, but if they weren’t letting pool photographers in because the rights were sold, we should have known.”

New York Times journalist Maggie Habberman also weighed in, saying small lies can “give way to bigger ones.”

We cover the little lies politicians tell because they can lead to bigger ones, for people who wonder why this is news. That’s what the press is supposed to do.

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