White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed he purposely is taking more questions from non-traditional media, but said the reason is simple: They have important questions the mainstream media might not ask.
In an interview aired Tuesday night on Fox News' "Hannity," Spicer told host Sean Hannity he broke tradition and called on the New York Post first at Monday's first daily press briefing because it is President Donald Trump's "hometown paper."
Traditionally, the Associated Press is called on first.
But Spicer said non-traditional media also ask questions from viewpoints the mainstream media might miss. That is why he called on the Christian Broadcasting Network and Univision before moving on to traditional media.
"Part of this is to make sure that we understand that we have to have a healthy relationship," Spicer said. "There are voices and issues that the mainstream media sometimes doesn't capture. It is important for those issues to get as much prominence as some of the mainstream ones."
That is not to say he will not call on the AP or other mainstream media reporters first on some days, though, he added.
"Different outlets who have different audiences and different issues should have an opportunity to get those issues up front," Spicer said.
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