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Sean Spicer explains why he's bucked White House briefing-room traditions

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has noticeably broken with briefing-room tradition with his decision to take questions from less-traditional media outlets.

President Donald Trump's spokesman said it's all by design in order to give more "prominence" to "voices and issues" that the so-called mainstream media might ignore.

"There are voices and issues that the mainstream media sometimes doesn't capture, and it's important for those issues to get as much prominence as some of the mainstream ones," Spicer said Tuesday night in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity.

"The idea is that different outlets [that] have different audiences and different issues should have an opportunity to get those issues up front," Spicer said. "Maybe by hearing from the Christian Broadcasting Network we hear about an issue that otherwise would have gotten drowned out."

In his first briefing, Spicer bucked tradition by bypassing the Associated Press for the first question and called on the conservative-leaning New York Post. He then took a question from CBN.

And on Tuesday, Spicer went straight for radio host Laura Ingraham's conservative LifeZette, a site that has promoted the conspiracy theory that the Clintons have been involved in murders of political operatives.

Spicer has been critical of how the press has covered President Donald Trump's inauguration. From the briefing room Saturday, Spicer lambasted the media for "false reporting" before he would even take questions.

"Some members of the media were engaged in deliberately false reporting," Spicer said then, continuing the feud between the Trump administration and journalists over the actual size of the inauguration attendance.

Spicer told Hannity that the administration was "right" on the inauguration attendance when those who watched online or on social media are taken into account.

"Where's the number that disproves that I'm wrong," Spicer said.

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