Worst 'Background Briefing' Ever?
9:01 AM, Sep 20, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
Occasionally the White House conducts "background briefings" for reporters, often in the form of a conference call in which "senior administration officials" participate. The officials, though known to the reporters, are not to be named by the reporters in their stories; hence the term "background."
However, in the official White House transcript of just such a call on Thursday, things did not go exactly as planned. Officials and reporters were discussing Vice President Biden's upcoming trip to Mexico, and late in the call, the following exchange took place:
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