According to a new report, an online gamer successfully pretended to be a White House reporter and even managed to pose questions to President Biden’s press secretary.
A person who created an online profile as “Kacey ‘Lego’ Montagu” and presented herself as a correspondent for the fictitious “White House News” duped legitimate members of the White House press corps into asking her questions at briefings at least four times, according to a report from Politico.
The imposter is believed to be active in the online global gaming platform called ROBLOX, where users jokingly call themselves “Legos.” When reached by Politico, the person didn’t reveal they are true identity but expressed frustration with how the actual press is asking questions.
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“I love journalism, and I think the press corps is doing a pretty bad job at the moment, so I decided I would ensure some transparency and ask some questions me and some friends wanted the answer to,” Montagu told the outlet.
Access to the White House press briefing room is limited to credentialed reporters. Capacity at the daily briefings has been further restricted during the coronavirus pandemic due to social distancing guidelines.
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So, it’s been relatively common for reporters to ask additional questions to Press Secretary Jen Psaki on behalf of fellow journalists who couldn’t attend the briefing due to coronavirus restrictions.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Monday, March 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Montagu contacted credentialed press to pose her questions in the briefing room, and reporters at outlets including The Plain Dealer, CQ Roll Call, and the Washington Blade relayed them to Psaki.
Questions were on Covid-19 travel bans, ambassadorships, Biden’s reaction to Microsoft being hacked, and most recently about Biden’s relationship with former President Barack Obama.
Another question “Montagu” wanted to be asked was about transparency in the Biden administration. That question was never posed by the reporter who received the request.
“Recently the White House has had read outs of calls and has the name of the people saying ‘Senior Administration official’ so why isn’t the White House releasing the names of people in the calls, making these comments so that they can be held accountable to the American people?” Montagu wrote to a journalist in the briefing room.
The White House Correspondents’ Association is in charge of seating and access to the White House briefing room and workspaces. The members-only group did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment about the fake reporter.