UPDATE: Phoenix Journalist admits Bad Reporting in Claiming White House Press Censorship


 NY Daily News  Leslie Larson reports: A local reporter not ready for the big leagues is backtracking from claims the White House prescreens media questions.


Catherine Anaya, from Phoenix’s KPHO-TV, says she was mistaken for saying members of the White House Press Corps submit questions to press secretary Jay Carney before the daily televised press briefing.

[See Rehearsal: White House Press Secretary Gets Questions from Reporters Before Press Briefing – pundifromanotherplanet.com]

She shared her “off the cuff and unscripted” observation Wednesday night during a segment on the CBS affiliate about her day at the White House. Anaya was one of six local reporters invited to discuss the minimum wage and Obamacare with the President for a four minute interview.

Her suggestion raised the alarm that the Obama White House, already under fire for keeping the press at bay, was censoring press inquiries.


White House Press Secretary Jay Carney balked at the suggestion he received questions from reporters before taking the podium. ‘Briefings would be a lot easier if this were true!’ he said.

Carney insisted her statement was false and at least one former White House correspondent for ABC News, Jake Tapper, now at CNN, agreed that Anaya had the facts wrong and called the suggestion “nonsense.”

Baffled that “much had been inferred” by her comment, Anaya said on Thursday that she misunderstood the protocol followed by reporters assigned to the White House ….Read more….

NY Daily News


One Comment on “UPDATE: Phoenix Journalist admits Bad Reporting in Claiming White House Press Censorship”

  1. screenshot says:

    Yes. The WH DOES pre-screen media queries and has for years. She’s being forced to apologize by a bullying and desperate WH staff whose leaders’ poll numbers are on the floor. The reporter was right. She’s being forced to recant to suppress the real facts. More WH lies.

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