From Fox News:
A new, eyebrow-raising report suggests the White House communications team has attempted to screen questions for press secretary Jen Psaki in advance of daily briefings, as media watchdogs caution that the Biden team will have to walk a fine line given the way reporters treated President Trump’s spokespeople.
Spectator USA editor Amber Athey, who used to be a White House correspondent for The Daily Caller, never experienced anything resembling what Biden’s communications staff has been accused of.
“The Trump administration certainly never asked me for questions in advance and I suspect there would have been universal outrage from reporters if they had done so,” Athey told Fox News.
Reporters have reportedly gotten so frustrated by the practice that they’ve complained to colleagues.
“This is a totally normal procedure if you live in a banana republic, it’s absolutely unheard of in this country,” conservative strategist Chris Barron told Fox News.
When reached for comment, a White House spokesperson provided Fox News with the same statement in the Daily Beast’s report.
“Our goal is to make the daily briefing as useful and informative as possible for both reporters and the public. 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 White House spokesperson said.
Read the full report at Fox News.
BACKLASH: Press Sec Says ‘You Took President’s Comments Out of Context’ on Executive Actions
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki continued to deflect criticism Thursday of President Biden’s flurry of Executive Actions; telling reporters “you took the President’s comments a bit out of context.”
“I’m trying to reconcile this… Because he said there was limitations on the use of Executive Actions… Does this suggest that Biden sees himself as a benevolent dictator?” asked one reporter.
“I think you took the president’s comments a bit out of context…,” said the Press Secretary.
.@PressSec is asked how President Biden reconciles his record number of executive orders with his comments on the campaign trail saying that you need consensus to govern or you're a dictatorship:
"I think you took the president's comments a bit out of context…" pic.twitter.com/ACw33wM9aH
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 28, 2021
Watch the Press Secretary’s comments above.
C’MON MAN! Press Sec Says Biden Allowed to Violate His Own Mask Mandate to ‘Celebrate a Historic Day!’
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki deflected criticism of Joe Biden for refusing to wear a face mask on federal property Wednesday; saying he was simply “celebrating a historic day” when violating his own mask mandate.
“Why weren’t President Biden and members of the Biden family masked on federal lands last night, if he signed an Executive Order that mandates masks on federal lands at all times?” asked one reporter.
“He was celebrating an historic day in our country!” said Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
“Was that a good example for people watching?” fired-back the journalist.
“I think the power of his example is signing 25 Executive Orders!” said Psaki.
Watch the revealing exchange above.