White House Press Secretary Jay Carney called out Daily Caller intern Gabe Finger after the 16-year-old asked if President Obama was doing anything to protect George Zimmerman and his family from reported death threats.
When Carney referred Finger to Florida authorities and said that the president called for calm reflection after the verdict, the intern asked a follow-up: "So they're on their own?"
"You can editorialize all you want, and I'm sure that you will, but that is a ridiculous statement," Carney said.
Finger took to his Twitter account to brag about the experience.
Just angered Obama's press secretary. Word.
— Gabe Finger (@GabeemtheFinger) July 17, 2013
According to Finger's Twitter bio, he is a junior in high school at The Potomac School. According to Politico's Jennifer Epstein, "While students interning at news organizations are often brought to the White House briefing, it's rare for them to ask questions, and even rarer for high schooler to get a question in."
The Daily Caller has clashed with the White House in the past. During Obama's major speech on immigration reform last year, a reporter from the news site interrupted the remarks and proceeded to heckle the president.