At the first press briefing of the newly inaugurated administration, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki promised the media that she would bring “truth and transparency back to the briefing room.”
In practice, the Biden-Harris administration has shaped, shut down, or censored the news the American people read every day.
Here are six tactics they use:
To limit reporters’ coverage, the White House regularly edits the very words journalists include in their stories through a practice known as “background with quote approval.” Instead of answering reporters’ questions during the daily press briefing, Psaki will send an administration official to circle back with the information the reporter needs, but the reporter has a choice: If you don’t give the administration the right to control the exact wording of the quotation, you can’t quote us. Instead, reporters have to say their information came from an unnamed “administration official,” which sounds less credible and authoritative.
The agreement also gives the administration veto power over any quotation