As the Media Research Center’s Curtis Houck reported on Monday, CNN’s Jim Acosta threw a hissy fit following yet another White House press briefing where he wasn’t called on to ask a question (the third by his count). And in a rather enthusiastic appearance on Fox News Channel’s Hannity, former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer ripped into the moody CNN journalist for acting so immaturely.
After host Sean Hannity and media reporter Joe Concha of The Hill discussed the Media Research Center’s new study on network news negativity with President Trump, the Fox News host teed up Spicer by slamming Acosta and CNN for being so over the top and ridiculous:
I’ve watched you battle that idiot over at fake news, Acosta. If they want to call him a journalist, but this is the same network that we saw go dumpster diving in St. Petersburg, Russia and now they went to a jail in Thailand to interview a sex coach and prostitute thinking they’re going to crack up the Trump-Russia collusion story.
Spicer began his response by congratulating Hannity on his ratings success over CNN and then switched to lambasting Acosta. “Let’s be honest. Jim Acosta is a carnival barker in the pressroom that is both clueless and classless,” he declared.