CNN's Jim Acosta Again Chides White House for Banning Cameras From Briefings

CNN's Jim Acosta Again Chides White House for Banning Cameras From Briefings

CNN's Jim Acosta Again Chides White House for Banning Cameras From Briefings

As the pair sparred on Monday, as they have before, Spicer implied that Acosta was only asking the question to build his celebrity. "Why are the cameras off, Sean?" he asked repeatedly and out of turn.

Pressed by Acosta - and other reporters - Spicer again refused to answer. Acosta, however, wasn't ready to let it go. "They're in the room, the lights are on".

White House briefings have been open to live television broadcasts since the presidency of Bill Clinton in the 1990s when then-press secretary Mike McCurry decided to make them available to general viewership. "Can we have the cameras on?"

"We believe strongly that Americans should be able to watch and listen to senior government officials face questions from an independent news media", he wrote.

Spicer has complained reporters do too much grandstanding for the cameras.

'It's a legitimate question, ' Ryan said.

After one such interruption One America News Network's Trey Yingst asked Spicer: "So we can get this out of the way, can we address the cameras issue?"

"The briefing is one small part of what this extensive staff does to engage the media", Spicer said.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Sunday dismissed criticism of the Trump administration's increasing lack of on-camera press briefings.

But Spicer called that claim "truly fake news" in an interview Monday afternoon.

"I think some of these reporters are more interested in their YouTube clips than than they are in getting factual news", Spicer said.

The new standard established by Spicer has served as a blanket excuse to keep the confrontational battles with the press that have frequently centered on charges having to do with Russian Federation and inquiries about the president's tweets out of the public eye as the White House reportedly searches for a new spokesman. He said CNN reporter Joe Johns "was in my office this morning" and that another reporter, Athena Jones, asked a question in a briefing last week. Once it was over, several news outlets aired the briefing in its entirety.

Nevertheless, reporters say the alternative - no briefings - would be worse, considering that the sessions typically are the only chance to ask administration officials questions in an open setting, live and on the record.

Acosta spoke with White House press aides, returned with a CNN placard, and sat in a seat in the front row that was left empty. Trump was not scheduled to take questions during the garden appearance with Modi.

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