Scenes From Washington’s Most Contentious–and Most Entertaining–Press Briefing

Hogan's Heroes, non-positions and a reporter who won't give up

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The White House’s daily televised press briefings have long been known for their low theater: the posturing reporters, the dissembling spokesmen. But lately the better briefing show has been over at the State Department, which holds its own, much lower-profile, daily media session. The key ingredients here include the Obama administration’s rather convoluted positions on issues like Egypt’s political crisis and arming Syria’s rebels, along with an assertive Associated Press beat reporter, Matthew Lee, whose often-cantankerous questioning has been likened to “political performance art” and even featured on the Daily Show. And while some people on Twitter have accused Lee of hazing State’s new spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, there’s nothing very new about Lee’s distinctive questioning style, as this exchange–“There’s not a question here… You’re just looking for a fight.”–with Psaki’s predecessor demonstrates.

Dogged questioning, or gratuitous badgering? Watch this selection of recent Lee v. Psaki duels and decide for yourself!

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3 comments
carotexas
carotexas

this guy being the jacka$$ that Paul describes below was clearly flirting with Jen and she knew it.


PaulDirks
PaulDirks

Since the object of a press briefing is to get information from the person being questioned, I have to conclude that this guy is being a jacka$$ for no apparent reason. In what way does his disseminating his own opinion actually get useful information from the person who actually HAS some?