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Reporter: WH Doesn’t Get Questions In Advance

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

‘My mistake and I own up to it’

Phoenix reporter reverses course, says White House Press Secretary Jay Carney DOESN’T get daily briefing questions in advance

By David Martosko | 20 March 2014

[T]he Phoenix reporter at the center of a quick-drying [sic] controversy admitted she got the whole thing wrong. Phoenix news anchor Catherine Anaya reported Wednesday night on KPHO-TV5 that in an ‘off the record’ meeting, Carney had told a handful of local TV reporters that White House correspondents often tell him before daily briefings what they’ll be asking…

By mid-afternoon Anaya, fresh of [sic] a Washington-to-Phoenix flight, walked parts of her story back in an email to MailOnline. But she insisted that she herself was asked to submit a question in advance for Carney on Wednesday afternoon.

‘As a local journalist I had no issue providing my proposed question in advance,’ she told MailOnline, ‘because I wanted to make sure it was an appropriate q[uestion] for a national briefing and I wanted to make sure it was appropriate for Mr. Carney.’

‘[B]ut in discussing it with a staff member the night before, we decided I would save it for the president. I was attempting to not waste national time on a local question, but in my attempt at explaining that I unintentionally made it sound like that experience applied to everyone.’

‘That is my mistake,’ Anaya added, ‘and I own up to it.’ …

In a nutshell, Ms. Anaya is now saying she accidentally conflated her personal experience of submitting a question in advance for Obama, with Carney’s description of White House press briefings.

Of course, it’s hard to see how she could have done that, given the explicit language of her original report. But that’s her story now, and she is stuck with it.

KPHO-TV issued this extended quote Thursday afternoon from Catherine Anaya, and then quickly withdrew it, saying in an email that ‘apparently that was not the correct statement':

‘It seems much had been inferred about my observations following my White House visit yesterday. First, I did not take notes during our coffee with Jay Carney because it was off the record. But when I referenced the meeting in my live reports I did say that it was a great opportunity to talk about the challenges of his day and how he has to be so well-versed on many topics each day.

‘In my live report I also wanted to share my impression of my experience in getting a question answered during the briefing. I was indeed asked to provide my question in advance. Because my question was largely of local interest, I chose to save it for my interview with the President instead.

‘My mistake was to lump that experience with my coffee meeting reference, inadvertently giving Mr. Carney credit for that when in fact it did not come from him. I regret giving anyone the impression that it was from conversation I had with Mr. Carney.

I do not attend those briefings regularly and cannot speak directly to the process for non-visiting journalists. None of my observations stemmed from my off-the-record meeting with Jay Carney.’

In any case, this is what Ms. Anaya would have to say, if she wants to continue to work as a ‘journalist’ anywhere in America. Even if what she first reported was the unvarnished truth.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, March 21st, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Reporter: WH Doesn’t Get Questions In Advance”

  1. dasher

    Not surprised at all.

    Have a great weekend everyone.

    Dan

  2. yadayada

    michael jackson’s moon walk doesn’t hold a candle to her back-pedaling




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