Hannity called Acosta's criticisms "arrogant", "combative", and "whiny".
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. In recent times, concession had not been allowed up until last week after protest from the press.
Mason said the White House press corps is "not satisfied" with the White House putting a halt on their daily, on-camera briefings. "We are in the room. the lights are on".
Acosta interrupted again: "Why aren't the cameras on, Sean?" Why did you turn them off?
"What we're witnessing right now is just this erosion of our freedoms in terms of covering the President of the United States". "Evidently while I was in Russian Federation, we turned into Russian Federation!"
"It's a legitimate question, Sean".
Trump takes another swipe at CNN following resignations
Smerconish, unfazed by the incident, said it was just another opportunity for CNN to show that it holds its employees accountable. Center in Atlanta on August 10, 2014. "I am leaving, but will carry those principles wherever I go".
And, while your blood pressure may be rising as you read this assault on the fourth estate, let it be known that you don't have shit on CNN's Jim Acosta, who is fucking lit about this no-cameras stuff!
Spicer responded that "some days we will have them, some days we won't". Acosta had interrupted a reporter earlier in the briefing with a similar outburst.
But in the larger media war, neither side has much reason to cooperate - and so we can expect this particular battle to continue for the foreseeable future.
"Can we get this out of the way", Yingst said. CNN addressed that comment with this.
Spicer, unsurprisingly, didn't really have an answer. He had another tantrum on Tuesday when he whined about deputy secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders only taking questions from conservative reporters. And they don't follow up.
After several such outbursts by Acosta, another reporter asked Spicer about the White House's decision. If used properly, televised briefings can be an asset for the press and the White House alike.