Not realizing she was live on-air, a MSNBC reporter was caught giving the Clinton campaign interview questions ahead of time.
“And I’m going to ask you about Flint,” reporter Kristen Welker said to Jen Palmieri, Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Director of Communication, during the hot mic incident.
Welker also said “…and I think this is his last question,” likely referring to a question from studio anchor Ari Melber.
And in an apparent rehearsal, Welker asked Palmieri a question, but later on stopped her mid-sentence when Welker finally heard Melber say to start the interview and THEN started again from the very beginning.
Melber admitted there was a delay in the audio during the segment.
Similarly, back in 2014 a CBS reporter said the White House received questions from the press in advance.
“And then [then-Press Secretary Jay Carney] mentioned that a lot of times, unless it’s something breaking, the questions that the reporters actually ask — the correspondents — they are provided to him in advance,” KPHO-TV anchor Catherine Anaya stated. “So then he knows what he’s going to be answering and sometimes those correspondents and reporters also have those answers printed in front of them, because of course it helps when they’re producing their reports for later on.”
“So that was very interesting.”
The reporter later retracted her statement which only fueled speculation she was pressured for revealing too much.
Around the same time, New York Times reporter James Risen called the Obama administration “the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation” and that members of the press who refuse to follow the White House’s narrative “will be punished.”
The administration wants to “create a path for accepted reporting,” he added.