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Ed Henry denounces 'bizarre' claim that White House reporters preapprove questions

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Fox News' Ed Henry, a White House correspondent and former president of the White House Correspondents Association, denied an Arizona reporter's "bizarre claim" that White House press secretary Jay Carney preapproves questions asked during the daily news briefing.

"[A]bsurd -- i don't submit Q's to @PressSec b4 briefing & not aware of anyone doing that. Local anchor needs to correct," Henry tweeted.

"Arizona reporter has no idea what she is talking about -- bizarre claim," he also tweeted.

CBS reporter Catherine Anaya started the flap when she said that Carney had told her he gets the questions ahead of time.

"And then he also 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," Anaya said. "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."

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