The team of US President Joe Biden tried to find out in advance what questions they were going to ask the correspondents accredited to the White House before the talks. About this on Tuesday, February 2, writes the Daily Beast, citing informed sources.
According to them, White House officials also requested information about what the media representatives would ask during the speeches of the press secretary Jen Psaki.
One reporter raised the issue during an informal White House Correspondent Association videoconference last Friday. Similar attempts by the US presidential administration have caused concern in the journalistic environment.
“Although it is pleasant to watch the briefings return, <...> the press cannot do its job in the press room if the White House singles out and chooses the issues that they need,” the portal quotes a statement from one of the journalists.
Journalists were advised to refuse Biden’s press service in their requests or simply not to answer them.
The members of the president’s team did not refute the information, explaining that in this way they tried to establish better relations with the press than the previous American leader had.
“Our goal is to make the daily briefing as useful and informative as possible for both journalists and the public. Part of the achievement of this goal involves regular interaction with correspondents <...> in order to understand how the White House can be most useful in providing them with the information they need, ”said a spokesman for the US presidential administration.
On January 29, White House press secretary Jen Psaki lost her mind in an attempt to criticize Russia. Commenting on the relationship of US President Joe Biden with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Psaki listed accusations against Moscow, but did not finish the sentence.