The White House’s backlash over media access to first granddaughter Naomi Biden’s wedding last weekend was too much for some reporters to take – with a Washington Post scribe comparing the administration to Biden’s predecessor , Donald Trump.
WaPo national correspondent Ashley Parker was one of many journalists to express outrage after the press was barred from Naomi Biden’s ‘private’ wedding – only for Vogue to publish a series of photos of the blushing bride 28-year-old alongside first lady Jill Biden on Tuesday.
“I had sex in [October] about Vogue being tapped to cover this and I was fired” growled the New York Times correspondent Katie Rogers. “The official explanation is that Vogue wasn’t there that day. Loophole = the family arranged a ‘wedding at the WH’ shoot beforehand. ‘Private’ by @PressSec = not for the House press corps White.
“I spent four years covering the Trump WH and two years covering the Biden WH,” Parker tweeted in response to Rogers. “What is fascinating is that they both lie, although in [very] different ways. Team Trump was shameless, while Team Biden is halfway too cute.
Jean-Pierre addressed the Vogue controversy on Tuesday, denying that the outlet had exclusive access to the ceremony.
“Vogue did not attend the wedding…there was no press access,” insisted Jean-Pierre. “Vogue did a portrait session on Thursday afternoon” and “has embargoed it until today to allow enough time for the photos to be in the public sphere.”
Still, Parker doubled down and claimed it wasn’t the first lie told by the Biden administration.
“TO BE CLEAR: All lies are not created equal and the magnitude, frequency and boldness are certainly different. But the Biden WH, for example, also waived [sic] correctly reports on Biden’s SCOTUS pick, his trip to Egypt, private meeting attendees, and more. tweeted.
The White House then applauded one of Parker’s claims, insisting the Washington Post had reported on Biden’s post-midterm trip to Egypt before it was confirmed.
“To be clear, The Washington Post reported that one trip was confirmed before it was. We told you publicly it was unconfirmed,” the deputy press secretary said. Abdullah Hassan tweeted. “We even offered WaPo exclusivity if and when confirmed. We would never put our credibility on the line, especially not for something like planning.
Meanwhile, a series of other left-leaning media reporters also took to Twitter to call out the White House for misleading reporters over coverage of Naomi’s wedding.
“We cover the little lies politicians tell because they can give way to bigger ones, for people wondering why this is news,” Rogers’ Times colleague Maggie Haberman wrote. “That’s what the press is supposed to do.”
“I think we all knew this was going to happen, but if they hadn’t let the pool photographers in because the rights had been sold, we should have known.” complains Niels Lesniewski roll call.
A Vogue spokesperson told The Post on Wednesday that the magazine had not paid for exclusive access. Administration officials did not immediately respond to requests for additional comment, including whether the White House had approached Vogue about coverage of the rare event.
The magazine’s longtime editor, Anna Wintour, has strong ties to the administration and the Democratic Party. Vogue previously featured Jill Biden solo on its August 2021 cover and Vice President Kamala Harris in the same location in February last year – albeit using a photo that reportedly drew Harris’ ire.
Naomi, whose father is scandal-ridden first son Hunter Biden, married her husband, Peter Neal, 25, in front of 250 family and friends on the South Lawn.
While the photos included in Vogue’s spread were taken ahead of the big day, the 1,800-word article included details of key moments – including how Naomi was led down the aisle by her parents, Hunter and his ex-wife Kathleen Buhle.
Elsewhere in the article, Naomi described her White House nuptials as a “backyard” wedding.
“We’re so close to our families, so we always knew we’d be getting married in someone’s backyard,” Naomi told the magazine. “I think if my pop wasn’t president, it would probably be their house in Wilmington or Peter’s family’s backyard in Jackson. [Wyoming].”
“There is so much beauty and history in this place, and we really wanted to honor that,” she added of the unique White House location.
There have been 19 White House weddings, with all the others in the modern era receiving regular media coverage.