Did a reporter just admit the daily White House press briefing is a sham?

Are the daily White House press briefings all a sham? A new report sheds a bit of light on that concept. Catherine Anaya of the Arizona’s CBS affiliate, KPHO, had a chance to visit the White House for an exclusive interview with President Obama. Anaya also got a behind-the-scenes look at how White House press secretary Jay Carney prepares for his day, and it is the surprising details of that report that is getting some attention.

“Play the audio clip of the reporter on how Jake Carney knows all of the questions in advance… So the idea of the pressroom is a show,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “Understand that. Those daily briefings, that’s a show. Everybody has exchanged scripts.”

Watch Anaya’s eye-opening report below:

What is most interesting about this report, as Stu pointed out, is that Anaya specifically says she was granted “off the record” access to the inner workings of the White House communications team. If her time with Carney was in fact off the record, it is widely considered journalistic malpractice to report on what she saw on air.

“She kind of indicates at the beginning of her answer here that she was off the record when being told these things,” Stu said. “So I don’t think she’s supposed to be saying these things on television.”

The Right Scoop was among the first to cover this story, and they reached out Fox News chief White House correspondent Ed Henry on Twitter for further insight. Henry replied that is not familiar with the practice:

He later added that the Anaya’s claims are “bizarre”:

Carney also chimed in on Twitter, denying the report:

Maybe Anaya misinterpreted what she saw and heard during her time at the White House. But the thought of the White House press corps submitting questions ahead of time takes the question of press freedom to a whole new level.

“Is that accurate because I’ve never heard that,” Glenn asked. “The point of that whole White House briefing is for television. It’s so the news has something to play every night. That’s it. There is no gotcha question. There are no surprises there. It is a play. Think of that, America… Nothing is real.”

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  • Lucas Forde

    So they staged he is an idiot.

  • Lucas Forde

    Teddy Roosevelt proud the media is becoming a state media.

  • landofaahs

    Who cares what they admit or don’t. We know the truth and we don’t need liberal affirmation of what is obvious.

  • Slade Simon

    I don’t know if anyone at Fox News would know. I thought they were the enemy. Remember she is a CBS reporter. CBS, NBC, and ABC are part of the Obama media network. The illusion only works if no one knows so it must be denied. Fox may be out of the loop. True or not, this administration has a problem with credibility. It’s easy to believe this could happen.

    • Jennifer David

      What she witnessed was Jyay’s canned answers to his favorite journalists’ questions.

  • Dina Hoofus

    What she witnessed was Jyay’s canned answers to his favorite journalists’ questions. All aren’t treated equally by this administration.

  • Lulubi2012

    This entire administration is a sham. Leftists are generally cowards and the truth is a foreign concept to them; thus the need to cheat even at things as simple as answering average questions.

  • texastruthtweet

    The last 5 years are a sham!

    • ken.

      the last several decades have been a sham.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72EnfFysPFE Connor

    Glenn why are you shocked. At least the truth is out that Obama is using most media outlets as propaganda stations.

  • Deckard426

    Where is Art Carney when we really need him?

    • Anonymous

      Supplying the “questions” for Jay. It is all a joke.

      • Anonymous

        AC: “One of these days, Jay, POW right in the kisser.”

  • Anonymous

    It was obvious he didn’t know or he could put two words together. I guess the reporter wanted 15 mins of fame. She could have posed as one of the many plane speculating experts.

  • Leslie Hoops-Wallace

    I have my doubts there is much truth to it, because many of the questions the answer is, I don’t know, I have not heard, or that never happened. I do believe they pick who they will ask, in hopes that he gets the easy questions. But lately I think the media has found their balls. (mostly small, but found them)

  • JRAR10390

    This comes as a surprise?

  • Anonymous

    Video’s broken again!

  • Anonymous

    “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by KPHO (Meredith Corporation).”

    Not so fast!!!


    Down comes the hammer.


    Back in lockstep.

  • Anonymous

    I am totally 100% conservative, so I say the following from my heart. I don’t think it is right for Glenn to take one person’s statement as “truth”. He needs to get his investigative people on this before he seems to side with this reporter. Jay Carney makes me sick every time I see him, but I look for “truth” in everthing. So, proof is what I need.

  • Fat Lip


  • http://drudgereport.com/ Myles Standish

    We’ve always known this had to be the case — for the simple reason that jay is not that good of an ad-lib liar.


    “Ad-lib liar” — JOB DUTY #1 !! {not surprising to find “LIB” in there — just before “LIAR”}

  • Jim Mallett

    There is NOTHING our government could do at this point in time to surprise me. I thoroughly believe we have been infiltrated by Muslim Extreamists and other forms of Communism! I’ve been looking into the Convention of States, and I don’t think that’s good idea either since the Ford Foundation has been trying to get one going since 1962. The want to install a dictatorship as OUR GOVERNMENT MODEL!
    Obama is just the latest White House leader of the Communist Party America! Maybe a revolution is in order!!!! I think that’s exactly what our government has been trying to get going for a long, long time. That would make it easier to install a communist government.

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