Sean Spicer Again Eschews the AP by Taking First Question From This Conservative Outlet
It is longstanding tradition in the James Brady Press Briefing Room that the Associated Press — a presumably nonpartisan global news outlet — gets the first question for the press secretary in the White House.
However, newly-installed press secretary Sean Spicer sharply veered off the course of briefing room tradition Monday by taking the first question from The New York Post. And again on Tuesday, Spicer concluded his opening remarks by taking questions, and opened the floor to Jim Stinson of LifeZette.
For readers unfamiliar, LifeZette is the Laura Ingraham-owned conservative media entity, which harkens back to Spicer’s intentional opening foray at yesterday’s press conference: fielding his first few questions from right-leaning operations. In addition to Daniel Halper of the Post, Jennifer Wishon of Christian Broadcasting Network managed two questions before Spicer moved along to Univision.
Stinson asked Tuesday, “Today immigration enforcement organizations expressed concern that they haven’t seen immediate action on [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] and [Deferred Action for Parents of Americans] and I was just wondering… when can people expect action on that?… what’s the hold up?”
Spicer — notably in a dark suit Tuesday — replied to the LifeZette reporter, “When it comes to immigration — and the promises that the President made during the campaign… his priority is first and foremost focused on people who pose a threat on this country, on criminals.”
Ironically Ingraham, the longtime Fox News contributor and conservative radio host, was in talks for the role of press secretary before the President announced Spicer as his pick.
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