Trump lashes out at reporter in fiery exchange

Frederick Owens
November 9, 2018

Acosta tweeted a video of him surrendering his "hard pass", or press credentials to the Secret Service. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press said Sanders' "false description of the events leading up to it is insulting not only to the nation's journalists, but to its people".

After CNN reporter Jim Acosta's White House press pass was revoked Tuesday evening, the press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, tweeted out what appears to be a doctored video to justify the decision.

If the Press Secretary is grabbing her propaganda from InfoWars, the chances of her admitting it seem close to zero.

In an interview with Fox News on Thursday, senior White House communications advisor Mercedes Schlapp insisted that the intern was "shaken up" and "intimidated" by Acosta and added "what we are seeing is bad behavior that can not be tolerated".

"Journalists should be able to do their job without fear that a tough series of questions will provoke retaliation", said CPJ's Advocacy Director Courtney Radsch.

The incident comes amid an atmosphere of heightened hostility toward the media in the U.S. In late October, CNN was targeted with explosive devices sent through the mail. "He did. We stand by our statement", Sanders said. "This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better", CNN added.

Matt Dornic, a CNN communications executive, tweeted that Sanders' sharing of the video was "absolutely shameful".

"It's unfortunate the White House is saying this", he said.

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The CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter asked Sanders for the source of the video.

When NBC reporter Peter Alexander took the mic for the next question, he defended Acosta as a "diligent reporter" - earning Trump's ire. In his thread, he's retracted the claim and said that Sanders merely shared InfoWars' doctored version. "Jim Acosta has certainly does that and this is a moments that not just all reporters but all Americans should be really concerned about and stand together against". She went on to say that she, in general, doesn't like when men touch her without permission, but said what Acosta did was not assault.

"Jim Acosta strikes me as a showboat who would like to attention more than he'd like to get answers to questions", Wallace said.

"You are a rude, bad person", Trump told Acosta.

"In the current climate, we hope President Trump will stop insulting and denigrating reporters and media outlets, it's making journalists feel unsafe", added Radsch.

In response, CNN said "this president's ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far", in a statement.

Trump, sarcastically, replied, "Thank you for telling me that, I appreciate it". "I think I handled myself professionally". One way to examine the situation is to consider how CNN and the New York Times would describe the incident if the reporter was from Fox News and the intern was from the Obama White House.

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