This article was originally published by Caitlin Johnstone at Caitlin Johnstone.com.
A new exclusive from The Daily Beast titled “White House Reporters: Biden Team Wanted Our Questions in Advance” reports that the White House press corps is being pressured to provide briefing questions ahead of time in a way that makes even mainstream media journalists uncomfortable.
“While it’s a relief to see briefings return, particularly with a commitment to factual information, the press can’t really do its job in the briefing room if the White House is picking and choosing the questions they want,” one White House correspondent told The Daily Beast. “That’s not really a free press at all.”
“It pissed off enough reporters for people to flag it for the [White House Correspondents Association] for them to deal with it,” another source reportedly said.
While Obama’s deputy press secretary Eric Schultz calls the move “textbook communications work” designed to ensure that Biden’s press secretary has answers ready instead of having to “repeatedly punt questions”, clearly the reporters on the job feel differently.
“The requests prompted concerns among the White House press corps, whose members, like many reporters, are sensitive to the perception that they are coordinating with political communications staffers,” writes the Beast.
EXCLUSIVE: White House reporters say Biden's staff is asking for their questions in advance, before Jen Psaki's televised press briefings. https://t.co/Mf15jFBrRm
— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) February 2, 2021
Having questions in advance would indeed be a good way to help insulate press secretary Jen Psaki (for whom liberals are already developing an unwholesome celebrity crush) from hard questions. This would avoid sticky situations like when Psaki deflected inquiries about treasury secretary Janet Yellen’s conflict of interest with the Citadel controversy by babbling about Yellen being the first woman in her position and claiming that receiving $800,000 in speaking fees from that company is no reason for her to recuse herself.
So this is just one more item on the steadily growing pile of fake things about this administration. Everything about it is phony. This is the Astroturf Administration.
Biden and his cohorts point-blank lied about sending out $2000 checks.
Deportations are continuing unimpeded despite all the campaign pledges to the contrary.
The kids in cages that made Rachel Maddow cry on air during the Trump administration are still in their cages and will remain there for the foreseeable future.
The pro-environment candidate has authorized dozens of new oil drilling permits within days of taking office.
Re-entering the Iran nuclear deal seems as far off as ever, with the administration continuing Trump’s “maximum pressure campaign” even as Tehran says the US ending its cruel sanctions is a precondition to resuming the deal.
Biden still hasn’t taken any solid steps to end the horrific war on Yemen, or even to end US facilitation of the slaughter as he promised on the campaign trail (he could have taken major steps toward doing this the day he took office and chose not to).
While this president hides from the press due to his rapidly deteriorating ability to answer questions in complete sentences, the mass media churn out think pieces about how taking himself out of the spotlight is actually a brilliant political move.
As Our Hidden History recently put it, “We got sold a sack of political oregano.”
We got sold a sack of political oregano https://t.co/LQ9UeqnJsr
— Our Hidden History (@OurHiddenHistry) February 2, 2021
And that’s all the US empire ever is, really: a murderous, tyrannical planetary oppressor covered up by varying degrees of dishonesty. During the Trump administration, the depravity was a little more honest about itself, now during the Biden administration, it’s a little more dishonest. The only major change is the thickness with which the makeup is slathered over the skull.
Everything about life in our current world order is dominated by phoniness. Our culture is manufactured by Hollywood. Our dominating political structure is manufactured by think tanks. Our perceptions of what’s going on in the world are manufactured in Langley and Arlington. The whole thing is so fake and stupid. We’ve got to figure out a way to snap out of these artificial boxes they are placing over our minds and these perceptual filters they are placing over our eyes, and birth something real and authentic into our world.
Everything about the Biden administration is fake – yeah,especially Biden?
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We are experiencing a Fraudulent Foreign Coup to take over America via FAKE Biden Admin. The US Military is currently in charge of the US Government. Biden has been locked out of the Pentagon.
Not true at all.Some things are legit.The way I stole the election was totally real!!!!
The whole world is fake,fake monetary system,fake religious system,fake educational system,fake science,fake medical system,fake political system,fake people,fake men,fake women,fake food,fake virus,so why in the “H.E.”double L would the BYE DONE administration be REAL?
@Jack Wagon, just to add a few more to your list:fake news,fake weather,fake elections,fake crisis actors,fake terror attacks.fake mass shootings,fake history,fake sports “entertainment”,and the list goes on and on.
Caitlin Johnstone. One way to change perception is to turn off the television, to stop using mobile devices which redirect news consumers to the corporations preferred brands.
A self captured audience is one which will never escape their own self imposed bondage. None of us can help them. They have to learn to be independent on their own.
“Ideas are what matter. Politicians are for the most part, pretty much irrelevant.” Ron Paul.
“A Time For Choosing”
“A Time For Choosing”
I would be screening questions, from a subculture of people, who asks whether Guam will tip over; dissent for it’s own sake is *not poignant.
I have liberal, Biden supporting friends, who will try to sway my political opinion. Everyone of them when confronted with the truth will then say “I don’t want to talk about it anymore”. It will be very hard to change these peoples opinions, they are very low information, and subject to endless lies in the media.
Joe Biden is NOT the legal President of the United States, and the entire federal government is invalid. All federal government officials and all federal law enforcement officers now have absolutely NO legal authority whatsoever. All federal laws, rules, and taxes are now NULL and VOID.
The entire fraudulent federal government and all federal government officials and all federal law enforcement officers should be treated by everyone as what they are: A HOSTILE FOREIGN CORPORATION. The entire fraudulent federal government and all federal government officials and all federal law enforcement officers have absolutely NO legal authority whatsoever and should be disobeyed everywhere. State national guard troops should be asking themselves why they are defending a hostile foreign corporation which is harming the People: Get back to your home States troops, because your People need you at home.
It’s all theater, who the hell doesn’t see that!? Nietzsche said “Everything the State says is a lie, everything it has it has stolen”. In this Administration it appears it is not competency that matters, it is ideology. The decisions they’ve made so far shows this, they’re not even pragmatists, just simply ideologues.
And this Psaki person, she can’t even answer simple questions. Sometimes, when watching a press conference, I feel sorry for her, she appears she is in over her head. Some say she can’t think on her feet well, or just trying to be cagey so as to not make a mistake, or what ever. But I have a different take, she isn’t being provided real information by her bosses in the Admin. because they don’t want the real details of their agenda to possibly be revealed. (Either way, she just doesn’t project the intelligence and confidence of her predecessor, she has no gravity.) It is all theater, by a collection of abject phonies.
A rational person holds suspect every statement, every motive, and every action of officialdom.
If he is a fake president, how does he sign or approve the stimulus checks people are getting this year?