Catherine Anaya, one of a handful of local reporters brought to the White House Wednesday to sit down with President Obama, made news of her own when she said on air that she had been told White House reporters submitted their question for press secretary Jay Carney in advance.
The Drudge Report blared the "news" in its banner spot. Media critics leapt. See, the media really are liberal/biased/lazy, they said.
Um, no. There is simply no truth to the idea that the people covering the White House coach Carney -- or anyone else -- on what they are planning to ask. And, Anaya later said it was "my mistake".
VIDEO: Truth Teller debunks the viral claim that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney gets questions in advance from reporters, then provides written answers.
An Arizona television reporter said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney gets questions in advance from reporters, then provides written answers. Truth Teller debunks this viral claim. (Julie Percha/The Washington Post)
Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.