The Los Angeles Times has refuted allegations of submitting questions to the White House in advance of Wednesday's press conference. This comes after a photograph of the President's notes revealed a brief overview of a question posed by a journalist from the aforementioned publication.
The Los Angeles Times' Vice President of Communications, Hillary Manning, released a statement to Fox News Digital in response to allegations that the paper had submitted questions to the White House ahead of a press conference. In the statement, Manning clarified that the Times' reporter, Courtney Subramanian, had not provided any questions in advance of the Q&A session with President Biden. However, Manning acknowledged that Subramanian frequently interacts with the White House press office to gather information for her reporting.
Manning's statement also alluded to the controversy surrounding the president's cheat sheet, which contained a summary of a question posed by Subramanian. She deflected questions about the document's origin and purpose, instead directing inquiries to the White House. It remains unclear why the president was given a document that appeared to include pre-prepared responses to questions from specific reporters.
During a Thursday broadcast, CNN White House correspondent Arlette Saenz and "CNN This Morning" host Kaitlan Collins reported that the Los Angeles Times had denied submitting questions to the White House before a press conference.
The LA Times needs to investigate this.
No WH reporter would ever tell me what question they intended to ask POTUS. It would be unethical - not to mention soft - to do so.
The Times and this reporter have explaining to do. https://t.co/7LGyl04KCz
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) April 26, 2023
"It’s not uncommon for the White House to prepare these types of briefing materials for the president. But it’s the level of specificity that is in the spotlight in this moment. As you noted, that note card included the name and photo of a reporter and also a possible question. Now it’s worth noting that her question was not identical to what was on that note card. And her outlet said that they did not submit any questions to the White House ahead of this press conference. But we have seen the president in the past carrying around these note cards with details about the events, where he needs to go, the people that he’s meeting with," Saenz told Collins.
According to Saenz's report, she stated that Republicans have used the incident to draw attention to President Biden's age. They have "seized" on the opportunity to do so.
Collins commented that the White House did conduct a press conference, which is a relatively rare occurrence for this administration. She emphasized that there have been historically fewer press conferences by the president.
CNN's John Avalon, while participating in a panel discussion on "CNN This Morning" regarding inquiries regarding President Biden's age, commented that the president's reply to a question on the subject during the press conference was lacking in artfulness.
During a joint press conference with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol in the White House Rose Garden on Wednesday, President Biden was photographed holding a small piece of paper that appeared to be a cheat-sheet. The note included information that signaled advanced knowledge of a question from Los Angeles Times reporter Courtney Subramanian. In addition to a picture of the journalist, the cheat-sheet also had a breakdown of the correct pronunciation of her last name. The words "Question #1" were handwritten at the top of the sheet, suggesting that the president was instructed to call on her first after his opening remarks.
"How are YOU squaring YOUR domestic priorities — like reshoring semiconductors manufacturing — with alliance-based foreign policy?" read the question in Biden's hand.
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