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KPHO Reporter Tells Viewers She’s Sorry for ‘Bad Reporting’ About White House Briefings

Catherine Anaya, the KPHO reporter who told viewers reporters give White House Press Secretary Jay Carney their questions before press briefings, went on camera to tell viewers she was wrong and she is sorry.

Anaya appeared on the Phoenix CBS affiliate in a 9:00 p.m. newscast. She told viewers in part, “I reported an off the record conversation and what I reported was not accurate. I took a conversation about the preparation for a press briefing and muddied it with my own experience of wanting to provide a question for the press briefing. I incorrectly applied the process to everyone. That was wrong and it was bad reporting.”

You can read the entire text of her retraction after the jump, or just watch the video above. Read more

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KPHO Reporter Says Report White House Gets Questions in Advance of Briefings a ‘Mistake’

anaya with carneyKPHO reporter Catherine Anaya says she made a mistake reporting that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told her off the record he gets reporter’s questions prior to press briefings.

Anaya was in Washington, D.C. as part of a Presidential interview junket where local reporters get an audience with the commander in chief. She told the anchors back in Phoenix about her off the record visit with Carney, which she revealed, “And then [Carney] also mentioned that a lot of times, unless it’s something breaking, the questions that the reporters actually ask…or the correspondents…they are provided to him in advance.”

Anaya told BuzzFeed she planned to ask Carney a question at the daily briefing and was asked by a White House staffer to submit it in advance.

“As a local journalist I had no issue providing my proposed question in advance because I wanted to make sure it was an appropriate [question] 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 said. “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.”

Carney disputed her initial claim, telling the Daily Mail, “If only this were true.” Read more

White House Opens Doors to 9 Local Anchors

The White House is welcoming nine anchors today for a local round of press that will include interviews with President Obama and comprehensive behind-the-scenes access to the White House.

In addition to their “brief” individual interviews with the President, the participating anchors will broadcast evening newscasts (during sweeps-month, as Politico’s Mike Allen points out) from the South Lawn of the White House, on special risers built for the occasion. The anchors will also have lunch with David Plouffe, interview a White House staffer from the station’s home market and get an on-camera tour of the building with a curator. Finally, they will ask one question each of Jay Carney at the daily press briefing.

The latest local push is significantly more involved than past interviews Obama has done on the local level, which have been limited to seven-minute sit-downs with the President on one predetermined topic. Read more