Spicer Again Skips AP for First Briefing Question, Chooses LifeZette


White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday bucked the tradition of giving the first question at the daily press briefing to the Associated Press for a second straight day, instead choosing LifeZette.

Spicer chose LifeZette's White House reporter Jim Stinson to ask the first question at the White House press briefing. Stinson went on to ask Spicer about immigration.

It is custom in the White House press briefing for the first question to go to AP reporters due to the publication's history as a prominent international news organization. Reporters in the front row of the White House press room tend to come from the AP and other major news organizations and broadcasters.

During his first press briefing on Monday, Spicer skipped the AP and allowed the New York Post‘s Daniel Halper to ask the first question, which drew an immediate response from reporters in the room.

Halper is the author of Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine.

LifeZette is owned by conservative political commentator and radio show host Laura Ingraham, who also serves as editor in chief. Ingraham was rumored to have been a top candidate for the job Spicer now has.

Jack Heretik

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Jack is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He is from Northern Ohio and graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2011. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Jack was a Production Assistant for EWTN's The World Over and worked on Sen. Bill Cassidy's 2014 campaign.

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