On Twitter, some users were quick to fuel the flames. One wrote, "Carney knows the questions & still looks that clueless?" (Via Twitter / @RalstonReports, Twitter / @3Jeeps3)
But then White House correspondents responded to the claims, including Fox News chief White House correspondent Ed Henry, who has openly sparred with Carney in the past. And then Carney himself, in good nature, fired back. (Via Twitter / @EdHenryTV, Twitter / @PressSec, Twitter / @Jeneps)
Then national media like The Washington Post began to quell the reports.
It didn't take long for Anaya to retract her statement on the air.
"I made two major mistakes. I reported an off-the-record conversation, and what I reported was not accurate. ... That was wrong, and it was bad reporting. But it was not intentional." (Via KPHO)
Anaya told BuzzFeed she personally submitted a question to a White House staffer, who asked her to do so as part of a vetting process. But this was part of the special treatment that group of local reporters was given, and not a blanket process applied to everyone in the press corps.
Anaya's station had put up a statement to that effect but pulled it before her on-air apology.