CNN’s Jim Acosta interrupted White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and talked over other reporters at Monday’s press briefing. Acosta summed up the day by announcing that CNN was being blackballed by the White House.
Fox News Chief Ed Henry was asked to comment on Acosta’s behavior. Howard Kurtz, of Fox News, asked Henry if he thought Acosta crossed the line when he declared that Spicer was “just kind of useless.”
“I think he is,” Henry replied. “I think everybody, frankly, is overacting to this whole issue of White House briefings, getting lost in all kinds of side issues,” he said. “The real issue is the credibility of the White House press secretary, but frankly the credibility of correspondents as well.”
Although Henry calls Acosta a friend, he admitted that the CNN correspondent was overdoing it. Henry implied that maybe Acosta was too opinionated to be a White House correspondent.
“And if you’re going to be a reporter, you’re going to be a correspondent,” Henry said. “These opinions are now no longer coming from pundits. It’s coming from White House correspondents.”
Henry had some advice for Spicer as well: “Wake up, Sean Spicer. This is 2017. The American people expect transparency,” he said. “Get in front of a camera and answer the tough questions.”
Fox News chief national correspondent Ed Henry took CNN’s Jim Acosta to task for having a hissy fit over how White House press briefings are being conducted, saying his colleague is “overreacting.”
Appearing on Fox News’s “Media Buzz,” Henry was asked by host Howard Kurtz if the senior White House correspondent for CNN is “crossing a line” — Acosta recently said White House press secretary Sean Spicer is “just kind of useless.”