CNN’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta did not hold back after being denied the use of camera and audio equipment to record statements by Sean Spicer at a press briefing Monday. According to Mediaite, the reporter hopped on social media to air his frustration, tweeting that the White House should have the “backbone to answer questions on camera.” His rant began with a cheeky tweet and photo of his anchor-print socks, which he said he was able to snap in place of a photo of the press secretary. Acosta accused the White House of “stonewalling the news media” and claimed Spicer took questions from a Russian news outlet, but not CNN. Per the Hill, Acosta doubled-down on his sentiments when he appeared on CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin.
“It just feels like we’re sort of slowly but surely being dragged into what is a new normal in this country where the president of the United States is allowed to insulate himself from answering hard questions,” he told Baldwin. Acosta asserted that Spicer is getting “kind of useless,” and wondered why the media is going along with the White House's no-recording rule. “This isn’t how we do things in this country but, for whatever reason, we’re all going along with it. I don’t understand why we covered that gaggle today, quite honestly.” No response from Spicer yet, but Politico reports that he may be looking for his own replacement behind the White House podium. (Read more Sean Spicer stories.)