Published: Sat, November 10, 2018

Jim Acosta is No Martyr to Journalism

Jim Acosta is No Martyr to Journalism

"Look, I don't think he's a smart person, but he's got a loud voice", Trump said, adding that "it could be others" whose press passes he might revoke.

On Friday, the president lambasted CNN White House correspondent Abby D. Phillip after she questioned him about special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe after the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general.

Initially, the White House said Acosta placed his hands on an intern who attempted to take a microphone away from him.

CNN's Jim Acosta told CNN's Anderson Cooper that he *never* touched the female White House aide that tried to take the mic away from him.

The White House Correspondents Association also condemned the action to revoke Acosta's credentials. Instead, Acosta continued with a second question about the Russian investigation, which Trump shrugged off with another curt answer.

"President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration", Sanders said in her statement.

Regan shot back by pointing to Trump's exchange with "white male correspondent" Jim Acosta, "just in case you were too inside your own head, April, and too inside your own situation to actually notice anything else that was going on in the room". "The way you treat Sarah Huckabee [Sanders] is frightful".

Next on the docket was American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan - a "loser", according to the president.

"I want you to reverse this as an Obama press conference and a Daily Caller reporter doing this, I think there are a lot of people on the left that would be saying it's inappropriate for them to be acting that way". "This conduct is absolutely unacceptable", she said.

The president said he had not decided if Acosta's pass would be reinstated and he suggested there "could be others" who lose their credentials. On Friday the Boston Globe's editorial board called for a White House press walkout.

I don't remember any "without evidence" headlines in the media when Obama was pushing ObamaCare and telling the American people in speech after speech that they would be able to keep their doctors and health insurance, do you?

A number of prominent journalism advocacy groups have come to Acosta's defense and called for an immediate restoration of his press pass.

The version shared by Sanders also omits Acosta's "Pardon me, ma'am".

As many, including those who work in video editing noted, the clip is doctored and appears to be the one released by an editor who works for Alex Jones' fake news and conspiracy theories website InfoWars.

On Friday, Trump said of Acosta, "He was not nice to that young woman". CNN said Sanders' explanation a lie.

He criticized NBC's Peter Alexander for backing Acosta. When you're in the White House, this is a very sacred place to be. "To be honest. You aren't the best", he hit back.

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