Omarosa’s appearance on a panel at the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists went pretty much as expected – badly. Her scheduled appearance on a police brutality panel was met with scorn my other journalists and even the moderator, veteran journalist Ed Gordon, wasn’t too happy with her presence. reports:

A panel at the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists conference in New Orleans featuring White House aide Omarosa Manigault quickly went south after Manigault refused to answer questions about the administration in which she serves.

The panel made news before it even started, according to Page Six, which reported that Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times and Jelani Cobb of The New Yorker refused to take part in the panel after they were informed they would be on stage with Manigault.

“Cobb told Page Six that the reason for pulling out ‘wasn’t simply the addition of Omarosa. It was that she was added at the eleventh hour and it was unclear whether we would be able to discuss substantive issues regarding the administration and its policing policies. Also, the panel was very disorganized, and basic things like format were not clear.'”

Moderator and broadcast journalist Ed Gordon stepped in at the last minute, but he sparred with Manigault almost as soon as she stepped on stage.

“Shame on you,” Manigault told Gordon just minutes after coming on stage. At one point, Gordon and Manigault both stood and paced the stage, talking each other down face to face. “Let me tell my story,” Manigault told Gordon. “Ask me a question about me.”

When asked about President Trump’s recent comments that police should rough up people they are detaining, Manigault said his comments were wrong. She said issues of police brutality are important to the Trump White House. But said she could not elaborate on private conversations with the president.


“You don’t walk away from the table,” Manigault responded when asked why she had taken a job in an administration seen by many in the room as hostile to African-Americans. “Because if you’re not on the table, you’re on the menu,” she said. When asked about her work with the Department of Justice on policing issues, Manigault responded, “Google me.”

The crowd became increasingly angered with Manigault’s seeming refusal to answer questions about the Trump administration. She said she was there to talk about her personal experience with violence, as some of her family members have been killed. Several conference attendees in the audience stood with their backs turned to Manigault, while others just walked out.


Omarosa Manigualt has a way of pissing people off when all they have to do is just hear her name.

So you only imagine what the reaction was when journalists meeting in New Orleans learned she is supposed to be in their midst on a panel.

Well, put it this way. The situation is being described as “heavy drama” at the NABJ/National Association of Black Journalists conference in New Orleans after organizers decided to add the very unpopular Trump aide to a panel.

“The majority there don’t want her involved. It’s heavy drama — even the moderator is refusing. Everyone sees it as extremely offensive,” a source told informed Page Six.

New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones was scheduled to moderate a panel on police brutality on Friday, which featured Valerie Castile, Sandra Sterling, and the New Yorker’s Jelani Cobb. Hannah-Jones and Cobb pulled out of the panel, and Bounce TV’s Ed Gordon stepped in to serve as the event’s moderator.

Cobb told Page Six that the reason for pulling out “wasn’t simply the addition of Omarosa. It was that she was added at the eleventh hour and it was unclear whether we would be able to discuss substantive issues regarding the administration and its policing policies. Also, the panel was very disorganized, and basic things like format were not clear.”

There’s also the fact that journalist April Ryan (CNN commentator and American Urban Radio Networks bureau chief) has distanced herself from Manigault since she became an aide to President Donald Trump. As we reported, Ryan said on Angela Rye’s podcast that Manigault — who works in the public liaison office — had tried to sabotage her career.

“She was going around telling Sean Spicer not to call on me [during press conferences]. She’s calling other people, newsmakers, sources . . . trolling my Twitter . . . She wanted to kill my career.”

Ryan added:

“When you try to kill me and my career because you want to advance yourself, because you are now making money after not making money from selling cellphones, and now you’re making $180,000 a year, good for you. But you know what? Karma comes back. And I told her, ‘The sad thing about it is: No one likes you.’ ”

So far there’s been no response/comment from Manigualt or the NABJ.

(Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos)

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33 thoughts on “Omarosa’s Panel At NABJ Ends With Journalists Walking Out

  1. why would Omarosa even attend this event? it has no relevance to any thing important in the lives of black Americans just a bunch of showboating democratic plantation negro’s how many AA’s have been murdered since this event took place this is just something to feed the ignorant negro’s on the plantation with distractions from real issues I ask again what have we gained over the past 8 years

  2. Omarosa is an irrelevant gold digging opportunist. Obviously, she was invited to stir up some mess. She also likes to play the victim and make everything about herself. We all need to tell her #ByeGirl!

  3. One thing I can say “she’s a great debater”
    I got a question “isn’t the majority of women black and white typically an Omarosa when it comes down to holding an average conversation.
    Especially in our marriages whereas the women gets the last word in. LOL.
    Goto a typical church meeting and see women go at it on what color they’re deciding to wear at the anniversary.
    Man its hilarious.

  4. MariAnne Bolton on said:

    They had to have KNOWN this was going to happen when they invited this woman…she’s nothing but chaos! …and she’s proud of it.

  5. Mrknowitall on said:

    I’ll say it again, sometimes life is like a Rorschach test, if in your heart you are a racist hate-filled bigot you will project that onto others as this is what happened here. Omarosa is a good person floating in a swamp of black racists.

    • Black can NOT be racist as much as you would like to want that to be. blacks can be prejudice but NOT racist. And there is nothng racist or prejudice in getting talking to Ms. O

      • Amber, where is it written that black people cannot be racists? That is one of the most inane, uneducated suppositions that I have ever heard in my life and just gives racist blacks an excuse to spew reverse racial hatred and expect not to be called out on it!!

        In case we have forgotten, we are now generations away from slavery and have won the “coveted prize” of seeing a biracial (“black identified”) president in the White House, black CEOs and other professions represented by tons of blacks and blacks with gobs of money walking around with the same drama and peccadilloes as white folks!!!

        So, not only can we be racists – many of us ARE RACISTS and we have always known it!! We are also still (surprisingly) naïve and malleable on racial issues/identity politics and allow ourselves to be manipulated and used as pawns by the Godless, race-baiting, secular progressive Marxist democrats that often times don’t care anymore for us than those who we vehemently hate and oppose in the republican party and on the “alt right!!”

        Perhaps, you are not acquainted with black conservatives or traditionalists. But, there are many black people – not just Omarosa – who espouse these points of view. They just keep silent in fear of alienation, ruin or out and out violence from the leftist, secular progressive, Marxist democratic machine made up of acolytes who are constantly foaming at the mouth to shut up or beat somebody down and tear up or burn up something in so-called “peaceful protests!!”

        There have been countless instances of mob violence against innocent people or “counter protesters” on the opposite side!! The major difference is that the mainstream media is in the tank for anything anti-American, anti-God, anti-traditional family/marriage, anti-police and the list of “antis” are too numerous to count!! And, the so called conservatives or people who believe in traditional values are timorous to the point where they are prostrated, rendered mute or just go along to get along as to not appear racist!!!

        What will satisfy these purveyors of “group think?” Do they even know? We are slowly becoming a quasi-fascist nation where there is only one “official” mainstream way to think, act or react and, if someone has the audacity to disagree or behave differently, then he/she is treated like a pariah and that is not DEMOCRACY and is WRONG all the way around!!

        Culturally, we are frayed at the seams with all of this identity politics!! If we keep this up, we will not have to worry about ISIS, Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and North Korea, Iran or any other outside terrorists who want to DESTROY OUR COUNTRY.


  6. I think it was great she was invited, regardless if the response is negative. Frankly, I wouldn’t have known anything about the conference. We as a people really need to stop being so upset, it blocks us to a certain degree.

    I think I’ll now look for some footage of the event. See the glass half full and use this as a stone to step on. Don’t just complain here, but use your knowledge of it, to engage someone else about the event. Now use the topics to engage other to push a positive agenda forward.

  7. I think she accomplished her goal. She caused the discussion to go off the rails, so little of substance was discussed. Shame on the NABJ for inviting her. The reaction was totally predictable.

  8. Omarrosa is not simply another voice. She’s toxic and usually adds no substance to a discussion. Based on what I’ve heard, the discussion was a disaster in part because of her. Shame on them for inviting her to such a serious discussion.

  9. Cynthia Feaster on said:

    NABJ President- Please explain WHY you invited the witch Omarosa to your esteemed convention? She is a TRAITOR to Black people, trump’s slave, snake-like character who has tried to ruin at least two prominent African American journalists. What’s wrong with YOU for inviting that creature to the NABJ Convention?

  10. Don’t dislike Omarosa. She has not done any of you haters wrong. She can support whomever she wants. Aren’t you all doing it? You people need to think with some logic.

  11. Ms. Manigault, like her boss, sure knows how to get people stirred up! “With all this drama in the WDC, sometimes it’s hard bein’ The Donald T, but somehow, some way, I keep comin’ up with funky-ass Tweets nearly every single day….”—(with apologies to Snoop Dogg)

  12. Rhondalyn M on said:

    Omarosa is an embarrassment to women and people of
    Color. She has no discernible skills except jumping on the coat tails of another.

    • She is not a Journalist. And the only success she celebrates is her own and every other white person whose behind she can kiss while slamming any person of color she can. Nobody in their right mind..white black green or purple..male or female should envy that woman.

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