A conservative publication sent a high school junior to the White House briefing on Wednesday.

Gabe Finger, a 16-year-old intern at The Daily Caller, asked White House spokesman Jay Carney if President Barack Obama was providing protection to George Zimmerman and his family. Carney informed the boy that such protection was the duty of Florida authorities and that Obama had spoken out against violence.

"So they're on their own?" the intern responded.

"You can editorialize all you want, and I have no doubt that you will, but that is a ridiculous statement," Carney said.

In a joint statement, Daily Caller co-founders Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel defended the decision have a high school student ask questions at a White House press briefing.

"Some reporters in Washington are asking why The Daily Caller sent our intern Gabe Finger to the White House press briefing this afternoon," they said. "Talk about missing the point. The real question is, why did it take a 16-year-old intern to raise an obvious and important question that the White House press corps should have asked days ago? We don’t care how old Gabe Finger is. It doesn’t matter to us what his credentials are. All we care about is how well he does his job. Today he did it a lot better than most White House reporters."

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