Fox News’ Sean Hannity called CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta “unhinged” in a Tuesday evening monologue, and on Wednesday, Acosta replied.
In recent weeks, Acosta has been a vocal critic of the White House’s decision to hold off-camera press briefings.
The United States government will not be allowing camera coverage of today's WH briefing. Audio only... embargoed until the end.— Jim Acosta (@Jim Acosta)1498499025.0
This is not campaign event. This is the WH. We are sitting in a briefing room full of cameras and taxpayer funded s… https://t.co/PWyjEBqXPJ— Jim Acosta (@Jim Acosta)1498499118.0
Hannity called Acosta’s criticisms "arrogant," "combative," and "whiny."
"CNN's White House darling is really starting to become unhinged," Hannity said.
Hannity accused Acosta of using “fake news” as “a political weapon against the Trump administration."
In response, Acosta took to Twitter to suggest that Hannity might need a hug.
Alternate headline: @seanhannity needs a hug. #hannityunhugged https://t.co/84ZvxkEBiG— Jim Acosta (@Jim Acosta)1498660202.0
A contentious debate has recently taken place over the White House’s decision to hold off-camera press briefings. Some say having the briefings off-camera reduces government accessibility and accountability, while others say reporters use the on-camera briefings to grandstand and the briefings themselves aren’t productive.