A reporter from a local Arizona CBS affiliate said on-air Wednesday that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney receives reporter questions in advance of the daily press briefing.
According to the reporter, Carney — in an off-the-record conversation in the West Wing — explained how he prepares for the briefings.
“And this was the off-the-record, so we were able to ask him all about some of the preparation that he does on a regular basis for talking to the press in his daily press briefings,” she said during her broadcast. “He showed us a very long list of items that he has to be well versed on every single day.”
She then said that, in many instances, Carney gets reporters’ questions in advance.
“And then he also mentioned that a lot of times, unless it’s something breaking, the questions that the reporters actually ask — the correspondents — they are provided to him in advance. So then he knows what he’s going to be answering and sometimes those correspondents and reporters also have those answers printed in front of them, because of course it helps when they’re producing their reports for later on. So that was very interesting.”
Thursday morning Carney pushed back against her report on Twitter:
.@RalstonReports Briefings would be a lot easier if this were true! Rest assured, it is not.
— Jay Carney (EOP) (@PressSec) March 20, 2014
Fox News reporter Ed Henry also pushed back hard against her report.
— Ed Henry (@edhenryTV) March 20, 2014
Update: The reporter, Catherine Anaya, retracted portions of her report Thursday afternoon.