March 7, 2021

Report: Biden comms team screened press briefing questions beforehand

President Joe Biden’s administration was supposed to be so transparent, so honest, so open. Why, then, would they need to cheat?

According to Breitbart, White House insiders say Press Secretary Jen Psaki has asked reporters for their questions in advance of press briefings. Still, Psaki has famously dodged even the pres-screened “tough” questions with her irritatingly corporate-speak promise to “circle back” to the issue although she seldom ever does.

Three verified sources and written correspondences reviewed by the Daily Beast revealed that the president’s communications staff has solicited the media to prepare answers beforehand. This has angered reporters as an overreach and antithetical to the role of the press.

The news outlet got wind of the issue after it was raised Friday on an informal White House Correspondents Association Zoom call. “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,” an unnamed White House correspondent reportedly said on the call. “That’s not really a free press at all.”

The White House has admitted that questions were sometimes prescreened, but their excuse was that was in an effort to create a less contentious relationship than President Donald Trump’s administration had with the press. “Our goal is to make the daily briefing as useful and informative as possible for both reporters and the public,” a Biden administration 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.”

While past administrations have done the same with select reporters, it’s hard to imagine the press being so cooperative late in the Trump administration. Reporters like CNN’s Jim Acosta made names for themselves dogging the president to the bitter end.

However, in just the first weeks of Biden’s administration taking over, many in the media have treated the new administration as “boring” to cover. They’ve lobbed softballs like asking about his ice cream stash and fawned over the rescue dogs in the White House.

The media were absolutely vicious and unrelenting when it came to Trump. Their conduct was disgraceful, but yet they’ll allow the Biden administration to ask for their questions in advance and never hold his feet to the fire. If ever there was a modicum of doubt about the political bias of the mainstream media, the first weeks of the Biden administration make it clear: They’re hardcore leftists who take care of their own.

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53 Responses

  1. This administration is nothing but a total disaster… Let them have their fun while it lasts… It won’t be long

    1. Ya think, I dearly hope they ate one soon, well not soon but damn soon. I know why a gave up on the democrat party about a thousand years ago. Hopefully then was to be Stevenson’s, I learned even then people with a mule for their party animal, Ekkk. Elephants are smarter. Mules Ehhhh not so much. Oh they pull a plow…but…I know where is more to life than than that…but maybe not. Epically to them…

    2. Sounds as if Biden needs a new press secretary She can’t answer questions that the press soft ball her . The majority of her words are we’ll come back around to that . I know their excuse is so they can better inform you the press but, sound to me like she doesn’t know. If she does know then why give her all the extra work

      1. The democrats, from the president to the vice president to the press secretary to the speaker of the house all the way down to freshman representatives are treasonous people who do not represent me on anything! They should be ashamed of holding office and will rot in hell!

        1. Like I said over and over again,all those executive orders or a sign of a extremely weak leader he’s illegitimate

      2. Typical for that non-demeanor party of misfits, a collection of what society has created, and must address every need, and ruling out the majority of upstanding human beings, unwilling to discrace the MEANING OF THE RAINBOW. Cant these people come up with respectable icons, instead they profusely unclaim holy ICONs as their birthright! Beware

      3. Keeping public uninformed and misinformed is one of the top Marxist rules. They have already implemented censorship, propaganda, weakened economy, harmed society and finally regained power by fraudulent election. The press secretary is following Marxism.

      4. Transparency —NO The press has to hand in their questions before hand so she can be prepared to delete any “hard” ones. IS THIS CONSIDERED THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS? No, that is light years away from that !!!!

    3. I gave him 2 weeks but he got through them with tons of criticism, that guy is a real loon and his side kick is about the same, she has been in trouble more then she out of it. A real pair, and to think if something happens to that guy, Harris is next in line, then Peopsi is next is line, America is Lost, we can never get it bacl with a bunch of goofballs in line to take over, OH MY GOSH??????????????????
      That guy didn’t earn a title like Our Great President Donald J Trump did, he is still my President even out of Office, but this jerk was dumped there and never earned one and won’t. He’s not my President.. I laughed at Biden, he fired the Butler and he and that lady with him got locked out of the WH so I think they could have gone to the Parking Garage and slept. Right, good enough for the 5000 Military, good enough for that jerk who chased them out of the capitol

    4. I understand Biden’s “pre-screened questions”. I mean, after all, how else is he to know what questions he will be asked. If the press asked a question he had no answer prepared ahead of time for, Biden might just stand there looking stupid because he had no answers prepared by his “handlers”, and his dementia might show his true medical status, I’m guessing.

    1. Totally agree, he has to memorize his responses otherwise he will get unhinged and then the loon comes out, cause that is what he is.

    2. Heather……..the intellect is just not there in the democrats. I never heard what they’re agenda was all during the campaign, and even now….there agenda appears non existent. Anyone care to administer IQ testing on all White House constituents…?

    1. Gerald….Ms. Psaki says she wants to “circle back”….maybe I will read in the paper she slipped up somewhere and “circled the drain”….

    2. Oh, c’mon people, you don’t understand, this is what real “ transparency” is all about !!!!!
      Besides, highly educated people we’re dealing with !!!!!

      1. Surely you are totally joking no one could believe that. It is a joke .How long before we stand together and say enough. We love America and want it back?

  2. If the press seventy if that much of a dumb moron scum bag then the news media should print what ever they wish do to the fact that the White House wants all quesions submitted before hand which is nothing more than a load of BS.

  3. Sounds like the worm has turned on the liberal media. The White House fakers are exposing their true colors by wanting to further control their lapdog media.

    1. Hey wait till they start having us burn our books, devalue the dollar,take our firearms and doesn’t this sound like 1939 -40 Germany . Just saying.

  4. She is as bad as Biden. She would not have even registered against the Trump team ! I guess they just cannot stand up to the questions popped on them by their own media buddies!

    1. Oh, c’mon, JC, these highly professional and Eduka t e d people are fully capable of dealing with all kind of tough questions, like : how was your breakfast, what color shirt will you be wearing this afternoon?? … those kind of questions…
      I can’t wait to see the “ elek te d “ one meet some important leaders, and tell them : c’mon, man, are you stupid or something’ ???
      Hello, Amerika, our new ba na na republic !!!

  5. IF THERE ARE ANY INVESTIGATIVE REPORTERS LEFT OUT THERE PLAN A FOUR YEAR VACATION> YOUR FUTURE
    ALL THE NEWS WILL BE WRITTEN IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND HAND IT TO YOU AS YOU LEAVE THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING> IT WILL BE IN THE ORDER OF WHAT STALLIN DID WITH THE POOR RUSSIAN PEOPLE HOW
    HE GAINED CONTROL (COMPANY NEWS COMPOSED IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND HANDED TO REPORTERS AS
    NEWS OF THE DAY) NO MORE OF THOSE STUPID WALK TO THE HELOCOPTER QUESTION AND ANSWER
    SESSIONS THAT (THAT GUY YOU DIDN”T LIKE WHO WAS HE) OH THAT GUY WHO MADE PROMISES AND KEPT
    THEM YOU KNOW THE ONE THAT YOU LIED ABOUT OR MISQUOTED (GAVE YOU A REASON TO BE ALIVE) TRUMP
    WAS HIS NAME> BUT YOU MEDIA PEOPLE KILLED HIM OFF IN fAVOR OF WHAT YOU GOT(MANAGED NEWS)

  6. It is a shame that the American people have to put up with the lies and bias of our “News” media and be supported by big money and big tech with so little truth .

  7. Well DC Press-Corps, welcome to the Biden press conference, Numb Nuts needs to l]know the questions and answers before he comes to the podium so that he won’t look “dumb and stupid” as he really is!!!!!!

  8. I just love how people love to sit back, down a beer while pissing and moaning over the crap going on today!

    WE THE PEOPLE (aka SILENT MAJORITY) have had countless opportunities to have stopped this nightmare, but we chose instead to give the DEMOCRATS what they expected of us, to REMAIN SILENT! Thus, making us equally complicit in the fraud perpetrated against United States Americans!

    Isn’t it time you actually did something, took action?

    I strongly urge everyone who reads this to PICK UP THE PHONE and call your REP AND SENATORS in DC and DEMAND a COMPLETE AUDIT AND INVESTIGATION into the 2020 ELECTIONS and for the IMMEDIATE IMPEACHMENT OF BIDEN AND HARRIS.

    BIDEN is completely UNFIT FOR OFFICE! And they both (BIDEN & HARRIS) have family members putting them both in a CONCLICT of interest position advertising and promoting their businesses and using their VP and POTUS both as an advertising self-interest, self-promoting position and it is ILLEGAL!

    People should write these numbers down and use them frequently even if you don’t think your elected officials listen, they are required to note your comments for the permanent record in their caller database for anyone to see.

    Members of the House
    202-224-3841

    Members of the Senate
    202-224-3121

    TOLL FREE:
    866-272-6622

    One call per rep!

    Keep in mind: SILENCE = ACCEPTANCE

    1. I have limited funds and no money available to contribute. However: HOW CAN MITCH MCCONNELL, MITT ROMNEY, THE SUPREME COURT (and others) BE SO BLIND AND IGNORANT?IT IS “INTUITIVELY CLEAR TO EVEN THE MOST CASUAL OBSERVER” THAT THIS ELECTION WAS FRAUGHT WITH FRAUD TO OVERRIDE THE LEGITIMATE VOTES!!!!FURTHERMORE; THE SENATE AND HOUSE WERE DERELICT IN THEIR DUTY TO VERIFY ALL LEGITIMATE VOTES WERE COUNTED, AND ENSURE THAT ALL NON-LEGITIMATE VOTES WERE REJECTED!!!!I fully support President Donald J Trump, recognize he truly loves this country and stands firmly for what is right, for the Constitution and for We The People of The United States of America. There is a very huge silent majority who recognizes that We as well as He are under attack by the radical left. Democ’rats. (Which is what the Democrat Party needs to be renamed as that name accurately reflects their Attitude and Hate for all that is good for our nation.) Democ’rats should never be referred to as being the Democratic Party, because there isn’t anything in their platform or conduct that indicates they adhere to Democratic principles. Anyone who refers to them as being Democratic or being The Democratic Party is either ignorant or lacks even an ounce of intelligence. Just make sure as Republican members/candidates for the Senate and House you will fully support and stand with President Donald J Trump, truly love this country and stand firmly for what is right for the Constitution and We The People of The United States of America. If you do, I am confident the huge silent majority will elect/retain you to represent them. DO IT!

  9. Psaki reflects the rampant incompetence of this so-called admin. She too could not find her way out of a shopping bag. She registers as a nincompoop

  10. Is this the same PRESS that believes the average citizen does not have a right to FREE speech. How does it feel Mr/Ms/Mrs/ etc. To have your speech censored?????

  11. Do we really need Biden now that his dog Major is there? I’m sure Major would do a lit better job. Impeach Joe piss pants put Major in charge.

  12. The news media aren’t really in a position to cry foul on this, they helped create their little monsters. They were okay with the lack of transparency during Biden’s presidential run, were they expecting that to change?

  13. JDavis, thanks for posting Congress’ telephone numbers. I intend to swamp them with how outraged we citizens are with having to put up with such incompetence and idiocy going on in one short week with the present “administration” in the White House.

  14. Incompetent administration – CLUELESS PRESS SECRETARY – CLUELESS ILLEGITIMATE POTUS!
    Congrats all who voted for these fools!

  15. A third world government terrorist take over.

    1. Rule by executive order
    2. Putting a predecessor on trial.
    3. Censorship of opposition.
    4. Attacking the private sector.
    5. Exploiting identity politics.
    6. Challenging judicial independence.
    7. Purging former officials
    8. Encouraging a slavish media.
    9. Military in the streets.

    I am terrified.

  16. James you should be terrified.
    Just think what our enemies acrost the world are doing right now. They know our incompetent administration can’t handle a couple of easy tasks and they are going to gut the military, except for the DC. guard.
    We are open for a new wave of terroist attacks, this is going to make 911 look small and insignificant by comparison .
    This is what the people that hate us have been waiting for.

  17. Is this pos obozo joe showing he’s against the first amendment!? Not allowing free press in, is against the Constitution! If President Trump did this, he would be chastised!

  18. My question is, will the press continue kissing up this administration, and cowtow to their rules, or begin to fight back? At least during the Trump Administration, there were no forms of. “Pre-screening” done.
    This is the time for people like Acosta, to demonstrate the true meaning “journalism”! This is the time that “true journalism” should be demonstrated, not the bias of the past, or we lose the 1st Amendment forever.
    It hinges on the true press, true journalists, and everybody’s rights under the 1st Amendment

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