New York Post The New Top Dog In Trump’s Press Corps?

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Katie Frates Editor-in-chief of The Daily Walkthrough
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A new power player may be taking the top spot in President Donald Trump’s press corps.

The New York Post could be working its way to the front row of the James S. Brady press room, a place dominated by names like NBC News, Fox News, CBS News, The Associated Press, ABC News, Reuters and CNN.

One of Trump’s friends told Axios Tuesday Trump considers the NY Post “the paper of record for him,” and that he got a hard copy of the paper at Trump Tower.

Press secretary Sean Spicer also shocked the press corps Monday at his first official briefing. He gave the first question — which traditionally goes to the AP — to the New York Post.

Reporters quickly took to Twitter to gripe about the slight. (RELATED: Journalists Whine After NY Post Gets First Question At Trump Press Briefing)

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said “change is going to happen” in early December with regard to the press corps. He told radio host Hugh Hewitt Dec. 14:

You know, this was the first front row assigned seat issue, as I understand it, started in the Obama administration. In the Bush administration, you just took a seat, and I guess there were a couple of people that have had reserved spots. But for the most part, the more formalized reserved seating piece came in over the last eight years. That issue is being talked about. The point of all of this conversation is that the traditions, while some of them are great, I think it’s time to revisit a lot of these things that have been done in the White House, and I can assure you that change is going to happen,

The NY Post editorial board endorsed Trump for president April 14, 2016.

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