White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer didn’t hide his feelings when asked during an interview with the Washington Post about CNN’s Jim Acosta.
Jimmy-boy was the topic of a WaPo’s ‘Style’ feature in Sunday’s publication, due to his constant criticism of the current WH communications team.
“When the president of the United States calls the press ‘fake news’ and ‘the enemy of the American people,’” Acosta whined in the interview, “I think that’s when you have to get tough and ask the hard questions.”
Spicer then reacted to the senior White House correspondent’s comments, accusing 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,” Spicer rebutted. “I think he’s gone well beyond the role of reporter and steered into the role of advocate.”
According to the Daily Caller: During one off-camera press briefing, Acosta repeatedly interrupted Spicer and other journalists but then complained on-air after the briefing that CNN was not allowed to ask questions of Spicer.
“He’s the prime example of a [reporter in a] competitive, YouTube, click-driven industry,” Spicer continued. “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.”