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Sean Spicer Got Destroyed By CNN’s Jim Acosta In A Heated Off-Camera Argument

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CNN’s Jim Acosta just let Press Secretary Sean Spicer know exactly how he felt about the banning of video recording from White House press briefings.

In the exchange, Jim Acosta tries repeatedly to get Spicer to answer the question that was asked of him, but the Press Secretary calls on another reporter instead. Acosta continues to address Sean Spicer. Spicer then says, “There’s no camera on, Jim,” — implying that the reporter was only pressing him for information because he was playing to a camera. Mr. Spicer recently claimed that

Acosta replies, “Maybe you should turn the cameras on, Sean. Why don’t we turn the cameras on? Why don’t we turn the cameras on, Sean?! They’re in the room, the lights are on.”

The press secretary then ignores Acosta and moves on to take another question.

Last week, Spicer said told conservative Radio host Laura Ingraham, “There’s a lot of them that want to become YouTube stars and ask some snarky question that’s been asked eight times. He later added, “And that’s right, that’s their right to do that. And so there is a bit of snarkiness now with the press because, again, a lot of them are more focused about getting their clip on air than they are of actually taking the time to understand an issue.”

Correspondents covering the White House already perceived the audio-only briefings to be a mini-blackout and obviously were not ingratiated by Spicer’s wholesale insults last week. Not only is video banned — the audio isn’t allowed to be released until after the press briefing. With Trump’s job performance rating dangling at a dismal 39% approval, it seems unwise to continue poking the media bear.

But this is Trump’s administration; wisdom is not a concern.


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