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Spicer rips whiny reporters over new presser rules: No more ‘performance art’ for wannabe ‘YouTube stars’

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During a Wednesday radio appearance on The Laura Ingraham Show, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had a few choice words for reporters like CNN’s Jim Acosta whining and crying about recent changes to White House press briefings that involve a ban on audio and video recordings.

In sum – they’re just a bunch of wannabe “YouTube stars” trying to get their fifteen minutes of fame.

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“We made that clear, from the beginning,” Spicer said, “that in a variety of ways we’re going to look to do things differently, to do things better and this is one area that we’ve done that. And we talked about it literally from the beginning.”

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By doing things like allowing Skpe “seats” for local news and calling on people who may not have a front row seat, Spicer’s intent is to give “more access to folks who haven’t had it,” regardless of the blowback.

After all, the mainstream media is going to hate President Trump either way, and just as much, so why not give others a chance to cover the news and maybe, just maybe, get a more objective view outside the Beltway?

In a word, the current White House press secretary and future communications director (who may very well have been talking to his replacement in Ingraham) is tired of people “sniping” at him simply because they “want to become YouTube stars and ask some snarky question that’s been asked eight times.”

While “it’s their right to do that,” Spicer has something different in mind. Instead of “performance art,” which Spicer and Ingraham believe the past briefings were, they are now “a more substantive discussion about actual issues because they’re not trying to get their clip.”

What happens when it’s on camera?

“‘How do I get on TV? How do I make — ask some snarky question?’ You can actually focus on the substance of the issues….So days in which the President was speaking, we would generally do an off-camera gaggle. It’s a tradition that has been held for a while….[O]ne of the folks will gaggle on the plane, which is they go back, they talk to the pool on the plane, give them an update. That’s a tradition that’s gone back forever. We continue to follow that and so there is a bit of snarkiness now with the press because, again, I think a lot of them are more focused about getting their clip on air there than they are of actually taking the time to understand an issue,” Spicer said.

A solid explanation, but something tells us it won’t be enough for Jim Acosta!

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