I grew up in the DC area. I certainly know of the various high level people from the News, run into Congressmen and Senators on the street, and have even met with some in business matters.
DC, like almost any Urban area has cliques. There is nothing some black folks love more than setting up, or being a part of an “exclusive” group, which – pretty much like the Emmy’s and Academy Awards…They get to pat themselves on the back telling each other how great they are.
I have never attended a CBC Cabaret, and generally, unless roped into it, avoid such throw downs. I do, and have attended major charity events, and political fundraisers for specific politicians…Life in the City.
Now, the way things work in this city, is the most powerful clique in the city surrounds the President and Congress. When the President wants to meet with someone in Congress, he tells his staff to make a call. The old “My people will be in contact with your people”.Under most circumstances the underlings coordinate schedules, set up time and place, and mark calendars – with the unwritten understanding that said invited Congressmen and Senators will make room on heir schedules to resolve conflicts.
Asking a reporter from a news organization is out of line. Not only that, but it is an insult to the CBC, in that somehow they don’t belong in the group of other Congressmen and Senators at the President’s beck and call – and thus need to be treated as an outside organization. The racial implications of that are equally horrendous in that it goes back to the old “All y’all look alike” racist syndrome.