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Sean Spicer on WCCO: Acosta was selfish in Wednesday press conference

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November 09, 2018 - 9:17 am

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer called Jim Acosta selfish for his behavior during President Trump's post-election press conference, and cautioned against using the term "doctored" when discussing a video clip of the CNN reporter's aggressive actions.

Appearing on the WCCO Morning News with Dave Lee, Spicer said the actions during the verbal confrontation were "unfortunate."

"You have a room of 150-200 reporters that are dying to get a question, and he believes it's his press conference," Spicer said. "It's not just disrespectful of the president and the office of the president, it's disrespectful to his fellow peers who would like to ask a question as well."

Spicer said there is a line between aggressive reporting and showing a lack of respect. 

"Sam Donaldson used to ask the toughest questions to (President) Reagan, but he was respectful. He knew when his question was over, and it got answered, okay," Spicer said. "It's also very selfish of Acosta."

Spicer admitted he has not spent much time on video of the incident released by the White House. That video shows Acosta coming in contact with an intern who was trying to take away the microphone during the press conference.

Acosta had his press credential suspended, the White House saying the access was pulled because the reporter put his hands on a young woman.

There are accusations that the video was altered to make it appear the contact was more severe.

"I don't believe they're doctoring a video," said Spicer about the video. "They're slowing it down and speeding it up. They were trying to show that, yes, Mr. Acosta did in fact have contact with this woman, which he had denied, and think slowing it down is saying 'see, there it is.'"

Spicer said changing the speed of video clips is a common practice in television news, such as showing highlights of a car crash or plays in sporting events.

"That's vastly different that taking something, inserting something in the video to try to create an image that's not  factually true," he said.  

Spicer has a podcast on Radio.com called "Everything is Going To Be All Right," co-hosted by Townhall editor and FOX News contributor Katie Pavlich.