• Report: =?ISO-8859-1?B?QmlkZW2Scw==?= Comms Team Asked Reporters For Questions In Advance

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    According to The Daily Beast, President Biden’s communications team has
    asked reporters what questions they plan to ask White House Press
    Secretary Jen Psaki at press briefings.

    The Daily Beast referenced “three sources with knowledge of the matter,
    as well as written communications reviewed by The Daily Beast” who
    intimated that the Biden communications had made the approaches to the reporters.

    “One reporter raised the issue during an informal White House
    Correspondents Association Zoom call last Friday. According to multiple sources, leaders at the meeting advised print reporters to push back
    against requests by the White House press team to learn of questions in advance, or simply to not respond to the Biden team’s inquiries,” The
    Daily Beast asserted.

    One source told The Daily Beast, which reportedly had some of its
    staffers on the Zoom call, “It pissed off enough reporters for people
    to flag it for the [WHCA] for them to deal with it.”

    “Those staffers had no input into this story whatsoever,” The Daily
    Beast wrote, adding, “The reporter who wrote this story was not bound
    by the terms of the call’s agreement. All of the information in this
    article was independently gathered, and without his colleagues’
    knowledge. … Biden’s press team did not deny that staffers had
    solicited questions from reporters.”

    The Daily Beast quoted a White House spokesperson who stated, “Our goal
    is to make the daily briefing as useful and informative as possible for
    both reporters and the public. Part of meeting that objective means
    regularly engaging with the reporters who will be in the briefing room
    to understand how the White House can be most helpful in getting them
    the information they need. That two-way conversation is an important
    part of keeping the American people updated about how government is
    serving them.”

    Eric Schultz, a former deputy press secretary in the Obama White House, protested that the Biden team’s approach was normal, saying, “This is
    textbook communications work. The briefing becomes meaningless if the
    press secretary has to repeatedly punt questions, instead of coming
    equipped to discuss what journalists are reporting on. In a non-covid environment, this would happen in casual conversations throughout the
    day in lower and upper press. One of the few upsides to reporters
    hovering over your desk all day, is that you get a very quick sense of
    what they’re working on.”

    On Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, apparently stung by criticism that she had evaded answering certain questions in the past
    by stating she would “circle back” with an answer at a later date,
    targeted “conservative Twitter.”

    “And last thing I want to do before I get to your questions: I often
    note I am going to circle back,” said Psaki. “I hate to disappoint conservative Twitter, but I am going to circle back on a number of
    things, as we often do directly.”

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