Jim Acosta, CNN’s White House correspondent, was very unhappy with Monday’s press briefing because no audio or video recordings were allowed, forcing reporters to go old school and write things down. But listening to Acosta whine on air to anchor Brooke Baldwin about it, you’d think they don’t remember how to do that.
Baldwin wanted to find out what press secretary Sean Spicer had to say, but Acosta, standing on the lawn in front of the White House, acted like he didn’t know:
“I wish we had some video or audio from this briefing to share with you, but the White House mandated that we are not allowed to cover the White House press secretary for the United States of America in that fashion.
“The White House is refusing to answer those questions on camera or in any kind of fashion where we can record the audio. My guess is because they want their evasive answers not saved for posterity. That is the only conclusion one could draw. That when they give us answers, that it somehow reads better in print than it could be seen on television or heard over the radio.”
If Acosta didn’t have pen and paper, perhaps he has an Apple Pen and iPad Pro? Anyway…
Over-dramatically, Acosta continued:
“And I guess people can say, well, there goes the media again. They’re acting like cry babies because they can't cover things in the way that they want. But, you know, maybe I'm old-fashioned, Brooke but I believe the White House for the United States should have the questions answered on camera to see what they’re saying and when they don't do this, they're doing a disservice to the people to the country…
“That's the White House behind me. The White House and it's just — it's bizarre, I don't know what world we're living in right now, Brooke, where we're standing at the White House, and they bring us into the briefing room here at the White House and they won't answer these questions on camera, or let us record the audio. I don't know why everybody is going along with this. It doesn't makes sense to me, and it just feels like we're sort of slowly but sure by being dragged into a new normal where the President of the United States is allowed to insulate himself from answering hard questions.”
Throughout his tantrum, Acosta tried to maintain that without audio or video, America can't know what their government is up to.
“If they can't give us… the answers to the questions on-camera or where we can record they audio, they're basically pointless at this point because you're not getting the chance to see whether — are they evading the question? The transcript doesn't really show that,” Acosta claimed.
He also complained that “conservative media” gets to ask questions just like “somebody from the mainstream media” and he obviously can’t stand it. Maybe because the president called him out earlier this year for being “fake news.” But he certainly has an ax to grind.
It’s tough being a journalist when you don’t have a buddy in the White House.