Reporters Annoyed by White House’s Control of Briefing Questions


According to a report, members of President Joe Biden’s communications staff have asked White House reporters what questions they plan to bring to White House press secretary Jen Psaki during briefings, causing concern among the White House media corps.

Three sources familiar with the matter reputedly told The Daily Beast that the issue was raised during an informal White House Correspondents’ Association Zoom call 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 White House correspondent said, according to the outlet.

“That’s not really a free press at all.”

WHCA leaders reportedly advised the journalists to push back against, or simply not respond to, the requests from the White House communications team.

“It pissed off enough reporters for people to flag it for the [WHCA] for them to deal with it,” another anonymous source said, The Daily Beast reported.

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