Debunking Republican Lies – The ‘I Slimmed The White House Press Secretary’s Reputation Before I Had Any Actual ‘Facts’, But We All Know It’s Obama’s Fault Anyway’ Edition ‘News Anchor Retracts Claim That Jay Carney Gets Questions In Advance’
‘Phoenix news anchor Catherine Anaya acknowledged on Thursday that she didn’t have things quite right earlier this week when she said White House press secretary Jay Carney gets questions in advance from reporters’.
‘Anaya gave plenty of fodder to conservatives and media critics alike when she recounted her time with Carney during an “off-the-record” meeting in Washington this week. The right’s favorite newshound Matt Drudge splashed the story across his front page’.
‘The statement, attributed to Anaya, was put online on Thursday by KPHO. However, soon after it was posted, the station pulled it down’.
‘Scott Davis, a senior assignment editor at KPHO, told TPM in an email that it wasn’t ready to be published’.
“The statement that mistakenly got posted was incomplete and not ready to be released,” he said in an email. “That is why we had to take it down. We will be updating it but I do not know when.”
‘In an email to TPM on Thursday, Anaya said’ :
“As a local journalist I had no issue providing my proposed question in advance because I wanted to make sure it was an appropriate for a national briefing and I wanted to make sure it was appropriate for Mr. Carney but in discussing it with a staff member the night before we decided I would save it for the president,” she wrote in the email”.
“I was attempting to not waste national time on a local question but in my attempt at explaining that I unintentionally made it sound like that experience applied to everyone. That is my mistake and I own up to it.”
“My mistake was to lump that experience with my coffee meeting reference, inadvertently giving Mr. Carney credit for that when in fact it did not come from him. I regret giving anyone the impression that it was from conversation I had with Mr. Carney”.
“I do not attend those briefings regularly and cannot speak directly to the process for non-visiting journalists”.
“None of my observations stemmed from my off-the-record meeting with Jay Carney”.
From : http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/catherine-anaya-carney-questions-advance-retracts