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Does White House Press Secretary Jay Carney receive and reviews questions from the press before his daily briefings? Does he give his answers in advance as well? A Phoenix television reporter accused Carney of just that on Wednesday.

Catherine Anaya, an anchor for CBS affiliate KPHO, said before their meeting with the president on Wednesday, Carney explained the procedure behind his press briefings during an off-the-record meeting.

Anaya said, "It was a very busy day. This was the off-the-record so we were able to ask him all about some of the preparation that he does on a regular basis for talking to the press in his daily press briefings. He showed us a very long list of items that he has to be well versed on every single day. And then he also mentioned that a lot of times, unless it's something breaking, the questions that the reporters actually ask, they are provided to him in advance."

Naturally Carney denied Anaya’s words in an email to The Daily Mail on Thursday.

But Anaya wasn’t through talking. She added, "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."

Carney denied Anaya's claims Thursday in an email to The Daily Mail in London. "If only this were true," Carney said.

If what Anaya said is true, this further reduces the 2008 campaign promise that “The Obama administration would be the most transparent in history.”

The interviews can now be thrown in with the new restriction on reporters and photographers limiting their access to the president.

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