An online gamer successfully pretended to be a White House reporter and even managed to pose questions to President Biden's press secretary, according to a new report.
此人化名“凯西•乐高•蒙塔古”， 谎称自己是是白宫记者协会的成员，来自名为“白宫新闻”的媒体，当然这个媒体也是其虚构的。“蒙塔古” 骗取真正的白宫记者在新闻发布会上至少4次替自己向普萨基提问。
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." The person didn't reveal his or her true identity when reached by Politico but expressed frustration with how the real press is asking questions.
"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.
Montagu started two real-life Twitter handles, which are followed by some top White House officials and journalists. In communications with confidants, Montagu has posed as a member of White House Correspondents Association, claiming to be a reporter for The Daily Mail, the British tabloid known for its gossipy coverage of celebrities and political figures. But Montagu never joined WHCA and The Daily Mail. Montagu also communicates regularly with top White House reporters and has had several exchanges with White House officials. There is a level of sophistication to how Montagu operates.
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. So, it's been fairly 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.
Montagu contacted credentialed press to pose her questions in the briefing room. 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 asked was about transparency in the Biden administration. That question was never posed by the reporter who received the request.
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.