Sean Spicer recently claimed CNN’s Jim Acosta made a “spectacle” of news reporting after he interviewed with the Washington Post’s “Style” on Sunday. Acosta was chosen because of his constant critique of the Trump administration but more specifically the communications team.
The Washington Post reported on Acosta’s statement saying:
“When the President of the United States calls the press ‘fake news’ and ‘the enemy of the American people, I think that’s when you have to get tough and ask the hard questions.”
Spicer, who is the White House Press Secretary, didn’t hold back when he heard Acosta’s comments. Among several other things, Spicer accused Acosta of “hurting the profession” of Journalism:
“If Jim Acosta reported on Jim Acosta the way he reports on us, he’d say he hasn’t been very honest. I think he’s gone well beyond the role of reporter and steered into the role of advocate.”
Acosta has made several blunders is the past few weeks that make his objections hypocritical, but even a recent off-camera press briefing showed his desire to say whatever gets him attention. During the briefing, Acosta continued to interrupt Spicer and others but then complained that CNN wasn’t allowed to ask questions of Spicer. Spicer responded to Acosta’s childlike behavior saying the following:
“He’s the prime example of a [reporter in a] competitive, YouTube, click-driven industry. He’s recognized that if you make a spectacle on the air, then you’ll get more airtime and more clicks. . . . If I were a mainstream, veteran reporter, I’d be advocating for him to knock it off.”
Credit: Daily Caller