Jake Tapper on Major Outlets Being Called Later in WH Briefing: I’m Not Complaining, But ‘It Is a New Day’


Representatives for major print outlets like The New York Times and The Washington Post, as well as major cable news outlets like CNN and MSNBC, were forced to wait for a while before White House press secretary Sean Spicer called on them during his first full White House briefing on Monday. Instead, Spicer called on outlets generally not given priority in the White House press room, like the New York Post, and the Christian Broadcasting Network for early questions.

Jake Tapper noticed, and called it a “new day,” in the White House press room in his post-briefing analysis on CNN.

“I don’t want anyone to think I’m complaining about this,” Tapper said, “But the order in which he called on people suggests it is a new day when it comes to who this White House considers being priorities in terms of being called on.”

Tapper noted that the first question has traditionally gone to the Associated Press, which other outlets rely upon for their own coverage. Spicer, on Monday, called AP reporter Julie Pace fifth. Instead…

“He called on the New York Post,” Tapper said. “Which is, I think it’s fair to say, is Donald Trump‘s favorite newspaper,” a reference to the paper’s reputation as a conservative outlet.

Tapper does not think this was an accident.

“He was definitely trying to make a point about the media that he is going to prioritize,” Taper said.

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