CNN Battle with Sean Spicer Continues as He Shuts Out Jim Acosta
Jun 27 2017
He urged the White House not to replace the daily on-camera briefings with not-for-broadcast "gaggles" - informal question-and-answer sessions.
Spicer argued that while cameras are "fine", the White House felt that briefings could be more policy-focused if they were held off-camera, allowing reporters to take written notes or record audio only.
Spicer, in the middle of Acosta's tirade, apologized to Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs for the interruption. Spicer has said the policy is created to thwart reporters who are trying "to become YouTube stars" by asking "some snarky question". "Why not turn the cameras on"? he shouted.
Spicer did not say when the next on-camera briefing would be held.
'It's a legitimate question, ' Ryan said.
"I think it's critical that we point that out to viewers", Mr Acosta said before the press briefing in which he argued with Mr Spicer.
The White House's continued refusal to answer reporters' questions on camera had journalists steamed on Monday at an off-camera briefing.
Acosta interrupted again: "Why aren't the cameras on, Sean?" He then defended the decision to restrict press access, saying the daily briefing is just "one aspect of what we do". Acosta demanded. He received no answer from the press secretary.
The White House Correspondents Association also has objected to the press restrictions. In addition, some outlets - particularly the New York Times and Washington Post - have been able to circumvent official White House channels with leaks from administration officials.
In fact, the only apparent explanation for the off-camera shift comes from White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who told The Atlantic's Rosie Gray in a text message, "Sean got fatter". "We are not satisfied with the current state of play, and we will work hard to change it".
Spicer has given only two public briefings in the past two weeks. "I want the president's voice to carry the day".
Yingst asked Spicer to clear the air so they could move on and explain why the White House was being so secretive. Trump was not scheduled to take questions during the garden appearance with Modi.