In his first briefing with the media on Monday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer shook things up by calling on reporters at the back of the room instead of those sitting on the front row.
In fact, the first question he took was from New York Post reporter Daniel Halper rather than The Associated Press, which typically got the first question during the Obama administration.
The Washington Times reported that Spicer then called on the Christian Broadcasting Network for the second question. Later in the briefing, her took a question from Newsmax.
The major networks had to wait until after several questions had been asked before they got their turn.
Spicer’s new approach didn’t go unnoticed.
CNN’s Jake Tapper called it a “new day” as far as the press corps’ relationship with the White House goes.
“I don’t want anyone to think I’m complaining about this, 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,” he said in a post-briefing analysis, according to Mediaite.
In a Twitter posting, NBC’S Kelly O’Donnell said Spicer was skipping over major news outlets that cover the White House all day, every day.
Only handful of news organizations keep staff on duty inside WH 7 days a week, 12 plus hours a day. None given question yet
— Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) January 23, 2017
Apparently, that’s exactly how Spicer wants to do it.
The press secretary also addressed the media’s relationship with Trump during the meeting, which anyone following politics even casually knows has been mostly hostile.
“I think over and over again there’s this constant attempt to undermine his credibility and the movement that he represents,” Spicer said. “It’s not about one tweet. It’s not about one picture. It’s about a constant theme.”
Spicer also announced that he would include “Skype seats” in the briefings so reporters not located in Washington can ask questions, reported the Washington Examiner.
Trump vowed he would do things differently in Washington, and by the looks of Monday’s news briefing, he’s following through.
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