Falsely posing as a journalist, a gamer successfully convinced members of the White House press corps to ask her questions at press briefings on at least four occasions, Fox News reports, and she even managed to get one query posed directly to President Joe Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki.
According to Fox, the person went by the name “Kacey ‘Lego’ Montagu,” an homage to the online game Roblox, “and presented herself as a correspondent for the fictitious ‘White House News.'”
To get her questions on the dockets of reporters with access to the White House, Montagu “posed as a member of White House Correspondents Association,” Politico reported, and claimed at least once “to be a reporter for The Daily Mail.”
“Ensure some transparency”
It was apparently a good enough cover to trick seasoned journalists into believing her story. When asked by Politico why she did it, the imposter said those in the media are “doing a pretty bad job at the moment,” so she thought she’d pitch in.
“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 said.
According to reports, the topic of Montagu’s questions ranged from coronavirus-related travel bans to an apparent lack of transparency in the Biden administration. Though it was never actually asked by the reporter Montagu contacted, one of her questions read:
Recently the White House has had readouts 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?
According to Politico, Montagu’s true identity remains unclear. Still, she told the outlet that she “communicates regularly with top White House reporters and has had several exchanges with White House officials.”
It’s a schtick that’s reportedly been ongoing since at least last December.
White House under fire
Concerns about transparency from the Biden White House are indeed growing among Americans. Biden promised to lead the most transparent administration in U.S. history, but as his response to the ongoing crisis at the U.S.–Mexico border has shown, the president has failed terribly in achieving that lofty goal.
Clearly, the lack of transparency has become so frustrating that private citizens are beginning to go to great lengths to get answers. The mainstream media is failing us, and it is falling to everyday Americans to ask the difficult questions.
As of Sunday, the White House Correspondents’ Association, responsible for seating and access to the White House, hasn’t responded to the latest reports, which could have a big — and chaotic — impact on their organization.
How can we trust these journalists to identify wrongdoing by the powers that be if they can’t even tell real reporters from inquisitive imposters?