… Ed Henry has his pre-prime-time-presidential-press-conference white notebook paper ritual. Henry, CNN’s White House correspondent, “writes his [questions for the president] word for word on white paper torn from the notebook he’s using, so there’s no danger of cards dropping to the ground,” reports Politico’s Mike Allen in a piece about how various White House reporters approach these press conferences, devise their questions, etc. (Missing in the piece: How Helen Thomas psychs herself up.)

Also: the Washington Post’s Michael Fletcher tells Allen what questions he didn’t ask at the last televised press conference so that he could ask the president his thoughts on A-Rod admitting to steroid use.

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.