WH Reporter Who Asked Cosby Question: It’s Become ‘Presidential Issue’
American Urban Radio Networks White House correspondent April Ryan defended her choice to ask President Barack Obama about the dozens of sexual assault allegations leveled against comedian Bill Cosby. Ryan said the petition calling for Cosby’s presidential Medal of Freedom to be revoked made it a presidential issue.
“I had to ask that question,” Ryan said. “It’s not about me personally. It’s about the issue. Nothing is beyond bounds to ask the President of the United States, and that definitely was a presidential question.”
She also didn’t buy the theory that the question was off-topic from the Iran nuclear deal, which Obama had called the presser to defend. “I didn’t get the memo where it was just an Iran press conference,” Ryan explained. “At any press conference there is always a chance where you get a question, you ask a question that has not been asked.”
Co-host Mika Brzezinski asked Ryan to respond to Obama’s answer as a non-reporter, though Ryan was quick to say she did not want to make herself the story.
“As a woman, as a daughter of a woman, as a mother of two daughters, I was floored” by Obama’s response, Ryan said. “It was strong. It was a statement.”
Watch the clip below, via MSNBC:
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