Told Not To Record Briefings, White House Reporters Are Getting Creative

CNN reporter Jim Acosta says the White House is "stonewalling" the press, but the press is pushing back.

In a bizarre move, it appears the White House is going dark on the press.

Yesterday, press secretary Sean Spicer held a gathering with reporters known as a gaggle, but requested that reporters not record the conversation with devices. It was far from the first such briefing to occur off-camera.  Then, according to several reporters present, Spicer dipped and dodged his way through less than 30 minutes of questions, claiming that he hadn't spoken to the president about important issues like health care and climate change.

In response to the restrictions, CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta began cheekily tweeting out photos and asking his Twitter followers not to tell on him. 

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While Acosta had a sense of humor about it, he also posted more serious messages on Twitter.

"Call me old fashioned," he tweeted. "But I think the White House of the United States of America should have the backbone to answer questions on camera."

Hours after the gaggle, Bloomberg reported that Spicer is searching for a replacement for himself. While it sounded like a hectic day in the White House press briefing room, it was nice to see Acosta having some fun.

Later, he went on CNN to discuss the strange situation:

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