ignore their "Who's on first" rules.
And, lo, it came to pass Monday that all their fears were realized. Did the new President sent red-hatted mobs to smash printing presses and hijack the cable news to run non-stop ads for Trump Steaks? Even worse. In his first official White House press briefing, Sean Spicer called on reporters from the wrong side of the tracks.
Apparently, in an unwritten rule precious only to careerist Beltway
journos, the Press Secretary calls on an Associated Press reporter first
then follows with questions to other large media companies. For the
first time, Spicer chose less storied agencies for the first handful of
questions. Did he blacklist journalists from CNN, the New York Times,
etc? No, he got to them a few minutes later. In fact, Spicer stayed as
long as the reporters wanted, answering questions for well over an hour.
What so appalled the press was that Spicer upset the media’s caste
system. After calling on the New York Post, he went to CBN (Christian
cable network), Univision (Spanish-language channel), Fox Business
Network, and American Urban Radio Networks (African-American focused
service). He also announced the creation of “Skype seats” that will
allow reporters who live 50 miles or more from Washington DC to ask
Apparently that noise I heard earlier today wasn't wind, it was the wailing drifting out of various media headquarters.
This is really a good move. It both pisses off the media weenies who've been actively working against Trump, and opens the conferences up to more questions from what might actually be reporters.