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White House Allegedly Asking Reporters to Share Their Questions Before Press Briefings

White House Allegedly Asking Reporters to Share Their Questions Before Press Briefings

“so the press secretary could have advance notice and time to prepare”

For the last four years, we watched as journalists in the White House press room treated Trump’s press people with outright hostility. Now we are learning that the Biden White House has allegedly been asking reporters to submit their questions in advance, presumably so there won’t be any surprises.

If you watched how the Biden campaign dealt with the press before the election, none of this would surprise you.

Jordan Davidson reports at The Federalist:

White House Asked Reporters To Share Questions With The Administration Before Pressers

President Joe Biden’s White House communications staff directed reporters to share their questions for the administration ahead of press secretary Jen Psaki’s press conferences, according to a report from The Daily Beast.

Shortly after Biden assumed office, Psaki’s team indicated to members of the White House press pool that they should consider communicating their questions before the regularly scheduled briefings so the press secretary could have advance notice and time to prepare.

The report comes just a few weeks after Psaki expressed a “deep respect for the role of a free and independent press” and told reporters that the Biden administration shares the “common goal” of communicating “accurate information with the American people.” Journalists, however, reportedly did not appreciate Psaki’s directive and encouraged each other to push back on the communications team during a White House Correspondents’ Association online meeting on Friday.

“While it’s a relief to see briefings return, particularly with a commitment to factual information, the press can’t really do its job in the briefing room if the White House is picking and choosing the questions they want,” one anonymous White House correspondent told The Daily Beast. “That’s not really a free press at all.”

Mark Moore of the New York Post has more:

The report noted that the Biden press office has tried to draw contrasts with the Trump administration’s more contentious relationship with the press corps, and Psaki makes an effort to call on every reporter at the daily briefings.​

And she has said that the White House and reporters covering it have a “common goal, which is sharing accurate information with the American people.”​​

The White House did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment, but ​a spokesperson did not deny the practice to the Daily Beast, saying it’s reaching out to reporters to gauge their interests so they don’t appear to be sidestepping questions at the briefings.

“Our goal is to make the daily briefing as useful and informative as possible for both reporters and the public,” a spokesman told the Daily Beast.

If Psaki is getting questions in advance, it doesn’t seem to help her have any answers at the ready. See the supercut below where she repeatedly offers to “circle back” on all the questions for which she has no response:

Dare I suggest this makes her look like an amateur?

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ScottTheEngineer | February 3, 2021 at 1:07 pm

I’d just like to know, just once and for all, will joe biden at this time denounce racism?

Another Voice | February 3, 2021 at 1:19 pm

Perhaps the void is a result of having been briefed in on what Biden is:
3.Off the “clock” and Unavailable for briefing in

    1. Thinking: thinking is difficult to determine in patients with mental cognitive imapairment
    2. Saying: after rehearsal with handlers, patient attempts to repeat what he has been told to say
    3. Off the “clock”: patient is off the clock more than on the clock due to frequent need to rest

2smartforlibs | February 3, 2021 at 1:50 pm

Her response was still ” Let me circle back to you on that.”

    That’s easy to do when you have your wagons in a circle and the Indians who have come to visit Great White Father are sitting around the campfire with you smoking peace pipes.

    MattMusson in reply to 2smartforlibs. | February 4, 2021 at 7:59 am

    In response to the outrage over the Press Secretary asking for Questions ahead of time – the Administration has done a 180.

    Instead, they will just provide the press members a list of Questions to ask.

The inpsufferable pspokes-wench, Psaki, needs assistance in crafting her propaganda responses to completely friendly, obsequious, lemming media propagandist-allies. Woman needs to up her game.

I always thought red heads were supposed to be the smartest? Is she a blonde under that red mane?

You’d think by their 3rd term, Obama’s crack team of sycophants would be ready for prime time. Apparently, they’re not.

Circling back, this ninny headed ginger makes Sean Spicer appear to be a freakin’ genius.

The Friendly Grizzly | February 3, 2021 at 2:55 pm

Translation: the press secretary is an incompetent fool.

JusticeDelivered | February 3, 2021 at 3:02 pm

She most certainly is not anywhere near as good at the job as Kayleigh McEnany. Nost as dynamic, as sharp witted or as attractive. Inferior in every way.

    … not as prepared, as competent, as capable. Perhaps she will improve with time. But, yeah, McEnany set… raised, really, a high bar for performance, and that was facing a bigoted and hostile press.

      alaskabob in reply to n.n. | February 3, 2021 at 4:41 pm

      Equity on display… quality not to be found. It’s hard to have to juggle lies all the time and make things up on the fly.


Psaki is an amateur but Kamalatoe is a pro if you follow my drift …

This is what you do with a degree in English.

Welcome back my friends
to the show that never ends
We’re so glad you could attend
Come inside! Come inside!

This has been a Democrat game plan for years, if it didn’t happen I might worry. Stopped watching Fox the day they hired that cheat Donna Brazile.

Dana Perino says prior to COVID it was normal for the press secretary to meet with the media to find out what was on their mind and prepare for possible questions before the briefing. I know the Dems history, but this might not be as bad as it seems.

My take is this is like being provided crib notes for a test.

What we have have here is failure to be able to do your job.

Like the rest of the current occupants of the White House she is highly incompetent.

“so the press secretary could have advance notice and time to prepare”

In other words, she’s the least competent of all the White House press secretaries that ever existed.

What a sexist thing to do. Doesn’t the current press secretary have the intelligence, accomplishments and the necessary skill set to do the job?

    henrybowman in reply to JCarr. | February 3, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    When you consider that the last two Democrat presidential candidates needed to cheat with earpieces and advance copes of the debate questions, it’s quite possible this is SOP for democrats.

The Daily Beast is not exactly a conservative bastion. If they brought this out, it means they have an axe to grind with the WH already.

“If you watched how the Biden campaign dealt with the press before the election, none of this would surprise you.”

It’s more like how the press dealt with the campaign. Clear bias, at times, advocacy.

Bring back da Mooch!

Geoffrey Britain | February 4, 2021 at 2:02 am

Well yeah, that will allow Xiden’s puppet masters to craft a carefully thought out response… one that sheds the ‘proper’light on the issue.

Come on Man! Get with the program…

This charade can’t last long.

Having listened to some of the updates with the press Corp I think the problem is Jen. She’s clearly in over her head or, more precisely her level of intelligence.

Chicago teachers aren’t afraid of being killed by the virus. They’re afraid of being killed by their students.

This is how Biden has always operated. Are we just now finding this out? When he was campaigning with Obama and visited Orlando, he was interviewed by the local mainstream media channel. When asked a question he did not like, he went ballistic on her: “Where did you get this question?” “Who told you to ask this?”. Pskaki will use this information to decide who gets called on in press conferences. This is the Democrat version of freedom of the press.

So Jennie came to the party and forgot her dancing shoes? She obviously lacks the abilities that Kayleigh and Sarah had. If she had taken their places in a hostile room, she would be a quivering, sobbing mass on the floor in five minutes.