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

Melissa McCarthy has also mocked Spicer's intensity in multiple "SNL" skits, further popularizing the briefings.

The press secretary ignored Mr Acosta's shouts. "Maybe it's time for such collective action again in taking an administration to school".

In an attempt to scare Republicans into supporting the current draft of the AHCA (a draft which is being opposed by a handful of Republican Senators who Mitch McConnell must flip for it to pass), Spicer said that it is no longer a choice between the AHCA and ACA. "Even when the media was attacking him - it was on points he's making".

It's been a week now since Spicer gave an on-camera briefing.

"'We don't have a great camera person so let's not go on camera as much' is only OK in the short term", the source continued.

"Will someone, anyone, step up and end these distressing displays of White House dysfunction and disregard for the obligation of the presidency to provide citizens with some sense of truthful information and accountability?" he wrote.

On Tuesday, Spicer said "We have a tremendous respect for the First Amendment", and that the daily briefing is just "one aspect of what we do". "If it doesn't change then people will be surprised".


You can listen to the audio of yesterday's press briefing below.

Now that some press briefings have been off-limits to live broadcasts, Stephen Colbert was left to imagine the goings on at some of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's briefings.

Urge Sean Spicer to keep press briefings frequent and on camera by signing this Care2 petition. "Why not turn the cameras on"? he shouted.

"What brings you here, Sean?" asked one reporter.

CNN's senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta took to Twitter on Wednesday to complain that the White House wouldn't take his question. Acosta said. "You are a taxpayer-funded spokesman for the United States government".

In an interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, the president of the Aspen Institute acknowledged his view was "heretical", but he insisted that he would prefer more background briefings because "everybody performs" when the cameras are turned on.

Spicer, unsurprisingly, didn't really have an answer. "We get fired for not telling the truth". "Can we have the cameras on?" I want the President's voice to carry the day. Raising the idea that Comey may have been taped in the White House "was a smart way to make sure he stayed honest in those (congressional) hearings", she said. He - and deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders - tend to be extremely terse when answering questions and, when asked about President Trump's view on a particular issue, often insist they simply haven't asked the president.


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