CNN’s Acosta on Off-Camera Gaggles: ‘This Isn’t How We Do Things in This Country’

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Monday on CNN’s “Newsroom,”  senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta criticized White House press secretary Sean Spicer for holding off-camera, no-audio press gaggles instead of the traditional on-camera daily White House briefings. Partial transcript as follows: BALDWIN: Just into CNN, the White House telling reporters in an off-camera briefing a bit about the possibility of tapes being released, perhaps, but it sounds like maybe, not a lot. Jim Acosta is our senior White House correspondent who left the no-camera, no-audio briefing. I saw your tweet. You’re feeling like they are stonewalling? ACOSTA:  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. So yes, when we’re asking important questions about—where is the tape? Does the president have recordings of conversations here? 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 you answers, that it somehow reads better in print than it could be being seen on