Audio of the entire briefing was released by many media outlets after it concluded. "... We're here to ask you questions". After all, Press Secretary Sean Spicer's media wrangling is so infamous that his character appears regularly in Saturday Night Live skits.
"It's a two-way street", Spicer said.
Acosta also made a tweet with a hashtag asking why the cameras were off.
Asked on Fox News last week about the lack of televised briefings, Spicer accused reporters of seeking attention rather than attempting to get information from the White House. As a sign that he was unable to control his own message - after having fired FBI Director James Comey, President Trump was questioned by Lester Holt of NBC News about the firing, where the President showed he was out of step with the message his aides were trying to convey to the media, saying that Russian Federation was on his mind when he fired him and taking full credit for doing so. "Sean, why don't we turn the cameras on, why don't we turn the cameras on?"
"Why are the cameras off, Sean?" Why didn't you turn them on? "Evidently while I was in Russian Federation, we turned into Russian Federation!" It's a legitimate question.
"You are a taxpayer-funded spokesman of the United States government; can you at least give us an explanation as to why the cameras are off?"
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"Yeah. Some days we'll have them, some days we won't", Spicer said. But I would encourage everybody in this room and frankly everybody across the country to take a look at it.
"Something tells me that won't be the last member of the Trump administration we see in a courtroom sketch", quipped Colbert.
CNN's senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta is absolutely beside himself that the White House now allows conservatives to ask questions during official press briefings - so much so, in fact, that Acosta is stunned that such a terrible thing could happen in a free country.
"It was a new administration, I think we wanted to talk about what was going on here", she said. CNN addressed that comment with this.
Spicer, calling on Trey Yingst of One America News Network, was instead forced to finally answer. "Sarah Huckabee Sanders was just a bit more honest apparently about that White House dishonesty", Todd said in response. "Whether or not the cameras are running".
Spicer did not say when the next on-camera briefing would be held. Not only has this begun to upset the press corp, but it has also reportedly caused some alarm among a few Trump surrogates according to an article by The Hill aptly titled: "Press briefing crackdown worries Trump allies".