White House Communications Team Hits Some Turbulence

Did @PressSec’s Staff Seek Journalists’ Questions in Advance?

Jen Psaki (MANDEL NGAN | Credit: AFP via Getty Images)

Other members of the pro-Trump media are, however, still pursuing access to Joe Biden’s White House. Eric Bolling, a former Fox News host who has used his platform on the Sinclair Broadcast Group to spread misinformation about the coronavirus and who enjoyed, like many members of the conservative media, a close relationship with the Trump White House, has recently submitted his paperwork to join the WHCA, Politico reports.

Nonetheless, in typical fashion, the news media’s propensity for both sides-ism has reared its ugly head in a new report by The Daily Beast, which alleges that the Biden communications team had the audacity to ask for reporters’ questions in advance.

According to three sources with knowledge of the matter, as well as written communications reviewed by The Daily Beast, the new president’s communications staff have already on occasion probed reporters to see what questions they plan on asking new White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki when called upon during briefings.

First of all, most bona fide news organizations will refuse to provide specific questions in advance of a presser or a one-on-one interview. In my experience, however, it is not unreasonable to request of a reporter the general areas he or she might cover. It’s a deft ask, but one that also helps the newsmaker be better prepared to more fully address reporters’ questions — a win-win.

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