Second local radio host says he was given questions before interviewing Biden


Ingram said he was given five questions and he asked four of them.

“I didn't get a chance to ask him all the things I wanted to ask,” he said.

Ingram is the second interviewer who has now said he was given questions by Biden's aides to ask the president this week. This morning, another local radio host who interviewed Biden this week told CNN he was given questions to ask Biden before the interview.

The Biden campaign told ABC News on Saturday, “We do not make interviews a condition of accepting these questions, and hosts are always free to ask the questions they feel will best inform their listeners.”

Ingram told ABC that he saw nothing wrong with the practice. “To think that I would have the opportunity to ask the president of the United States any question, I think that's a little more than anybody would expect,” he said.

He said he was grateful for the opportunity to interview Biden.

“Obviously the fact that they gave me this opportunity … means a lot to me,” Ingram said.

Earlier on Saturday, Andrea Lawful-Sanders, host of WURD’s “The Source” on CNN, said Biden officials provided her with a list of eight questions ahead of her interview with Biden.

“The questions were sent to me for approval, I approved them,” he said.

He added, “I received several questions – eight of them. And the four that were selected, I approved them.”

Responding to Lawful-Sanders, Biden campaign spokeswoman Lauren Hitt said in a statement that it is “not unusual” for interviewers to share their choice of topics. She added that Lawful-Sanders has the “freedom” to ask any questions she sees fit. She also said that it was the campaign that sent the questions and not the White House, as other reports claim.

“It's not uncommon for interviewers to share topics of their choice. These questions were related to the day's news — the president was asked about his performance in this debate as well as what he has done for Black Americans,” the statement said.

“We do not make these questions a condition of acceptance in interviews, and hosts are always free to ask questions they feel will best inform their audience. In addition to these interviews, the president participated in a press conference yesterday and did an interview with ABC. Americans have had several opportunities to see him without a script since the debate.”

A source familiar with the Biden booking operation told ABC News that going forward they would “avoid” giving suggested questions to interviewers.

“Although interviewers have always been free to ask any questions they wish, going forward we will refrain from asking suggested questions.”

Sherwin Hughes, another local radio host in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, said that when he interviewed Biden last month, the White House did not send him any questions to ask, and he said the interview had no preconditions — “absolutely none,” he told ABC News.

He previously said that he and the White House had discussed general topics he wanted to cover during the interview, including the Affordable Care Act, and that the White House had “outlined the message points they wanted to convey,” including how Biden differs from Trump.

Darian Morgan, known as “Big Tigger” on Atlanta's V-103, interviewed Biden in May and told ABC News that he was sent “sample questions” but was “never instructed” to stick to them.

“They sent me some sample questions, but there was no instruction to stick to those questions,” Morgan told ABC News.

Morgan said the process is no different than other interviews he's done, and added that it's “not an unusual process.”

“In my history of interviewing elected officials, a lot of people like to do that,” he said.


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