According to a new report from the Daily Beast, Biden’s team has asked reporters what questions they plan to ask new White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki in advance.
Per the Daily Beast “the requests prompted concerns among the White House press corps, whose members, like many reporters, are sensitive to the perception that they are coordinating with political communications staffers.”
One White House correspondent said “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.”
They added “that’s not really a free press at all.”
Another un-named source said ““It pissed off enough reporters for people to flag it for the [White House Correspondents Association] for them to deal with it.”
Asking for questions in advance is insulting to real journalists and a mortal sin in PR. During my PR days many Js told me their topics, based on strength of the [1/2]
— Michael Knight (@SpinDoctor500) February 2, 2021