White House spokesman Sean Spicer continued Tuesday to push aside the tradition of allowing the Associated Press the first question at press briefings – triggering the ire of some journalists.
Spicer called first on correspondent Daniel Halper from the conservative New York Post on Monday, and he bestowed the privilege Tuesday on Jim Stinson from LifeZette, the blog of conservative radio host Laura Ingraham.
GQ magazine writer Joel Pavelski fired off an angry tweet grousing about the recognition of non-traditional media:
A New York magazine and Daily Beast contributor complained:
Mediaite reported Stinson's question drilled down on immigration enforcement, asking: "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 responded President Donald Trump's priority is "first and foremost focused on people who pose a threat on this country, on criminals."
Ingraham, who also is a Fox News contributor, had been in the running for the job Spicer now holds.
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