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"Her spokesman went so far as to fuel speculation about a White House bid by planting a question with a helpful journalist."
1. Is this sentence somehow has a derogatory sense towards this spokesman by saying "went so far as to fuel speculation"
2. what does "plant a question" mean? does it have a derogatory or commendatory sense?
this is from ECONOMIST
Condoleezza Rice | The dazzler that dimmed | Economist.com
Now I understand, thank u~~~~