Report indicates that Biden WH is screening press questions

We may currently be as close to state-run news as America ever has been.

The Daily Beast reports that the Biden administration has been screening questions from reporters ahead of press briefings. 

The claim and the White House’s response

According to The Daily Beast, the White House communications team has been asking reporters to reveal the questions that they plan on asking White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki during press briefings.

The outlet based its report on “three sources with knowledge of the matter, as well as written communications review by The Daily Beast.” 

The White House did provide a statement on the matter to The Daily Beast. 

“Our goal is to make the daily briefing as useful and informative as possible for both reporters and the public,” a White House spokesperson said. “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.”

The fine line

Jeffrey McCall, a DePauw University professor and media critic, explained to Fox News the risk involved here.

“The White House press office needs to balance this matter carefully,” he said. “It does make sense, on one level, for the press secretary to be prepared in advance to best respond to topics on reporters’ minds. On the other hand, gathering questions in advance could well appear to veteran reporters that press secretary Psaki is pre-screening questions or pre-preparing spin.”

According to McCall, the former is excusable, whereas the latter is anything but.

“If, however, the process is designed to duck the tough questions or prepare rhetorical cover, then the risk factor is eliminated and the pressers look staged.”

You be the judge

The Biden administration has faced a lot of criticism already for its handling of press briefings. With regard to Biden, the pattern has been that he makes some comments, doesn’t take any questions, exits, and then Psaki takes over shortly thereafter. And, Psaki, herself, has been criticized for her non-answers to important questions.

Considering this, so far, the presumption has to be that Psaki is screening questions in order to either avoid difficult ones or to prepare spin.

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      1. HE NEVER HAS NOR WILL HE EVER BE PRES….I CAN’T PUT HIS NAME AND THE WORD PRESIDENT TOGETHER IN ONE SENTENCE NOR IN A WHOLE BOOK…!!!

      2. He is a Dumb A**, and so is the entire DemocRAT group. Anyone standing up for this shadow Government needs to be removed from office, Period.

        America is quickly becoming a Communist State. Where normal people have No’s say in where this administration goes.

        Rise UP America!!!!! We ARE Better than this DemonCRAP new way. Time to remove all of those Leftist POS’.

      3. He is an old man that needs to retire but his wife, Jill won’t let him. He is not there and we all know it. The presidency is being laughed at in other countries. Biden took the election and it was corrupt.

      1. Everybody knows has no capability to answer any questions on the spot. Might as well simplify the process by asking all journalists to get together, formulate a certain amount of questions (say 20 or 30), submit them electronically to the WH with 24 hours of anticipation and let Biden’s staff which questions he’s interested in answering and have the WH press secretary answer them electronically or through TV and be done with it.
        Benefits: 1) the journalists wouldn’t have to drive or be driven to the White House and be saving a lot of fossil fuels. 2) less people everyday that have to go through security searches by the Secret Service (so that they can concentrate on their main job in the WH, which should be protecting the president). Please feel free to keep adding your recommendations to my comments. Viva the great new green deal. Less pollution and less presidential fubar in his answers. Regardless of what he says more than half the population will oppose him and the remainder will always back him up.

        1. I prefer press conference on line using Zoom or any other online platform. That will give the benefits you mentioned. But I don’t want the reporters to submit any questions in advance. Biden should answer the questions imprompto and Psaki should not be the one covering for him. This administration is the first one that is asking for questions to be submitted in advance so they can come up with all kinds of false answers and make themselves look great.
          During Trump’s 4 years the press made such a fuss and used all kinds of negative tactics to make him look bad. Where are all those reporters now when this guy (illegal in the WH) is making all these unnecessary rules/requirements?

      1. You know Carey, that Obama is running the “Washington DC Day Care Facility” both at the White House and House of REPs leader Pelosi and the Senates Heir Harris!!

    1. Oh that is right. WHERE IS THE TRANSPARENCY FROM BIDEN?????? They have to have the questions in before the Press comes in. —–stupid!!!!!

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      1. Piton likes undocumented aliens. Let’s contact some space aliens for them to come down and pick up those three, then come back later for other demonscraps.

    1. I pray that someone does everyone else a favor and takes him out EVERY SINGLE DAY! Where is the hero this country needs right now.

      1. “He will be Back” as a great movie actor once said: “I’LL be back” ! I am waiting for that day and hopefully SOON!!!

      2. No one can get in his basement he is buried in.he is guarded like fort Knox when he does the scam.so called briefing he not there it’s fake when he walks away its not in the white house he is in the basement….

  2. Everything about Beijing Biden is a fraud. He was not elected, therefore he is a usurper , a fraud, a thief and is in Red China’s pocket. Which makes him a criminal.
    Trump is President.

    1. are you sure the head of china’s goverment is not one bidens brothers wonder when china is going to give biden his billion dollars

    2. Dave, The Communist Democratic Party committed the “Highest Treason” as possible against you and me and the people of USA and Established the CSA(Communist States of America ) destroying USA as we know it.

  3. Commie Biden should be locked in the basement (a dungeon – even better) along with his evil Commie cohorts never to show their evil faces again.

  4. Paski can’t answer like Trump’s spokes person. McAnny didn’t need briefed before hand and really knocked the press down

    1. yea you don’t hear crybaby acosta much anymore going after biden or his press sec.paski dems must have muzzeled his obnoxius mouth like trump should have

    2. Amen! The state-run propaganda media would NEVER give Kailey Mcenany the courtesy of having questions before-hand. But then, she wouldn’t ask, Because she knows the answers. She doesn’t have to “circle back”.

  5. I think the WH should just put on arm bands with big “JB” on the the reporters they want the questions from and that way they know in advance what the questions are and can answer them sounding like they really know what is going on. That way the “fake media” can put their own spin on the answers.

  6. What a disgrace. We have a president who really is not running the country. The imbeciles around him are. The people who voted for him surely know he is deteriorating but hated Trump so we now have a guy who can’t answer questions unless he knows the answers in advance. I don’t deserve Biden but his voters do.

    1. WE HAVE “JOEY” BECAUSE THE “DEMENTIACRAT’S” STOLE THE ELECTION AND THE DOJ, FBI AND SCOTUS WOULD NOT DO THEIR DUE DILIGENCE TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THE “FRAUD” AND PUT IT RIGHT. HE WAS “NOT” ELECTED…!!!…PERIOD

    2. They were the ignorant
      in Georgia and those in other Cities, but ounce they have to pay the Taxes they will think differently, they will pay and leave poor

  7. The man is nothing but a puppet for the party who can not handle questions on his own. He also has problems wih telling the truth as well as being beholden
    to the Chinese government.

    1. Agreed. And the entire DemoncRAT party are part of the “ CHINA” pact. They are all on the take from Zingping.

      Corrupt POS Bastards will all see the day when their corruption is exposed. Will be a very BAD day for those Corrupt PUKES. May their head roll for their crimes against America.

  8. And this is a surprise??? So many people in America are no more then sheep. Hate has taken all the wisdom America had, and flushed it down the sewer.

  9. They need the questions in advance so they can get their lies straight. Psaki is a poor excuse. Circle back . She is snarky and never answers a question even though they are powder puff ones.

  10. controlling the answers of what his handlers chose to answer. IF they don’t want us to know something, they don’t answer, they just skip over it. put one of his handlers out there and take that young lady off the spot. SHe’s not handling the spotlight very well at all anyway. Let Biden answer his own questions. He is a grown up and the president. IF he can’t talk to the press, then he doesn’t deserve to be where he is, remove him and get someone else up there that has all his marbles and strength to handle the job.

    1. Someone from the Republican Party.

      There is NO ONE qualified from the DEMONS party as they are all part of SATANs group. Led by the biggest liar ever- the DEVIL.

      Come Lord Jesus, Come Quickly, Please.

  11. WAKE UP AMERICA! PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS RIGHT! UNCLE JOE AIN’T RIGHT. NO BODY IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD DO THE IDIOT THINGS HE HAS ALREADY SCREWED UP. THE BIBLE SAID THIS KIND OF MAHEM WOULD COME JUST BEFORE THE RAPTURE. PRAISE GOD!!!!!

  12. His press secretary is too dense to answer on the fly. Poor ignorant demorats need to have cheat sheets, just like demented biden and his notes.

  13. Dumbo can only handle soft ball questions, nut he needs help with them also. Sine he won’t take any unscreened question the press shouldn’t even bother attending these press meeting, the fix is in just like the election. All frauds and liars.

  14. Biden is and always has been a fraud. Corrupt my his own admission ! He and the democrats have been compromised. They are doing everything they can to destroy the best President. One who made good on all campaign promises and turning this county around from the Obama years. Our country is in serious trouble !

  15. We went from the best press secretary ever to the worst. Trump stood there and answered questions from hostel reporters. Biden has trouble with powder puff questions from a fawning press. He could not handle 60 seconds of a Trump press conference.

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