White House suspends CNN Jim Acosta's press pass

Frederick Owens
November 9, 2018

Trump backed away from the podium for a moment, signalling he was done, while Acosta asked the question again and then let go of the microphone.

"In Jim's defense, I've traveled with him and watched him, he's a diligent reporter who busts his butt like the rest of us", Alexander said.

In a later tweet, Mr Acosta said Ms Sanders' assertion he placed his hands on the woman was "a lie".

"CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them", Trump said to Acosta at one point.

"[Trump] came out right after his inauguration and said his inauguration crowds were bigger than President Obama's, when they weren't", Acosta previously said in a CNN segment. "This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better", CNN said.

The New York Times editorialized in favor of restoring Acosta's pass, saying it signaled Trump's view that asking hard questions disqualifies reporters from attending briefings. I do think, Anderson, that this is a test for all of us. The president turned away, trying to go on to another reporter, but Acosta refused to give up his microphone.

It followed an unusually contentious press conference held by President Trump in the East Room of the White House in which the president called Acosta "a rude, awful person". "The early betting handle on the Acosta line, and the new Attorney General is a bit lighter as, admittedly, there's much more uncertainty in these kind of betting markets", Mr. Morrow said. "This conduct is absolutely unacceptable", is, however, the explanation given by Sanders.

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has been accused of sharing a "doctored" video which exaggerates the actions of CNN reporter Jim Acosta to justify suspending his credentials.

A White House intern tried to take the microphone away from him.

Trump clearly does not agree.

"Obviously no hard feelings toward the officer, but I am now giving my hard pass to the Secret Service", Acosta said in the clip. He's an activist who fails to leave his personal politics out of his work and every single day of the Trump presidency, he does an incredible disservice to actual reporters who still have a shred of journalistic integrity.

Abba Shapiro did a side-by-side and frame-by-frame analysis of AP's video from President Donald Trump's contentious news conference Wednesday and the version spread on Twitter by Trump press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

When the issue came to a head in June 2016, Trump told CNN in an interview that, if elected, he would not revoke credentials. "I've never seen a president do anything like that".

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