The trailblazer chosen by President Biden for his new press secretary is already being accused of creating troubling conflicts of interest due to her long-standing relationship with CNN star reporter Suzanne Malveaux.
Karine Jean-Pierre, who next Friday will be the first black person and the first openly gay person to occupy the key White House post, lives with the network’s national correspondent in Washington, DC, with her 7-year-old daughter.
The Haitian-born press selection discussed their relationship in their 2019 memoir, “Moving Forward.”
“Most of all, I want to say that every word of this book was lovingly written by my partner, Suzanne Malveaux, and our daughter, Soleil Malveaux Jean-Pierre. You are my life,” she wrote, also thanking “the Malveaux family.”
While the groundbreaking choice was widely celebrated, it also raised some questions about the pair’s impartiality, especially given recent CNN scandals, including now-fired host Chris Cuomo’s behind-the-scenes meddling in brother Governor Andrew Cuomo’s sex scandals.
“This is one of many examples of the corporate media LITERALLY in bed with the government it covers,” tweeted Alex Marloweditor-in-chief of the right-wing news outlet Breitbart.
He had previously raised concerns about the couple’s relationship and their possible influence in his book, “Breaking the News: Exposing the Establishment Media’s Hidden Deals and Secret Corruption,” he noted.
A researcher also asked on Twitter: “What is the name of the Universe where this is? is not a conflict of interest?“
Juwan Holmes, associate editor of LGBTQ Nation, said he spent two years covering Jean-Pierre’s rise and insisted that “she is the best person for the job.”
However, Holmes admitted that his relationship with Malveaux would eventually end. sparks accusations of conflict of interest.
“I’m sure there won’t be Cuomo-level conflict of interest violations, but I hope it will be bought in the future…” he said.
Malveaux, 55, formerly shared the main achievements of his partner.
Jean-Pierre, for his part, tweeted a thread for Pride last year detailing her brutal path to coming out and being accepted by her family while growing up in Queens.
“I came out of the closet with my mom when I was 16. The look of disgust on her face sent me running to the proverbial closet and slamming the door shut,” she wrote.
“After that, my sexuality became a family secret and would stay that way for years,” she said, saying she “dated” but “hid those relationships from my family” until they “evolved to embrace her.”
“I am proud to be a Black Queer woman and have been for quite some time,” she wrote.
“I am happy to say that my mother is now proud of EVERYTHING that I am; she loves my partner and loves being a caring grandmother to the daughter we are raising.”