Biden administration asks reporters to submit questions ahead of daily White House press briefing

by Laura Mize · Feb 2nd, 2021 3:27 pm
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Last Updated Feb 3rd, 2021 at 9:31 pm

Some members of the White House Correspondents Association report that the Biden administration's communications team has asked them to supply in advance questions they want to ask at a daily press briefing.

The request reportedly came up during a virtual meeting of the association on Friday, with some reporters voicing displeasure.

"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," one reporter said of the request. "That's not really a free press at all."

Leaders of the association encouraged reporters to simply not comply or to "push back."

A spokesperson for Biden's administration said the intent behind the request is to ensure the press briefings are in line with reporter questions and interests.

"Our goal is to make the daily briefing as useful and informative as possible for both reporters and the public," the 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."


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