Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

CNN Reporter Jim Acosta Berated By Donald Trump & Suspended From White House

CNN Reporter Jim Acosta Berated By Donald Trump & Suspended From White House

Acosta held on to the microphone and kept trying to question Trump.

During a news conference that morning, President Donald Trump called Acosta a "rude, bad person" as Acosta challenged the president's claims about Central American refugees fleeing to the U.S. The original tweet, from Jews for Racial and Economic Justice board member Rafael Shimunov, says the White House itself doctored it.

While many reporters joined in defending Acosta, several others were quick to point out that they felt he acted inappropriately, "embarrassing the profession".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later claimed on Twitter that Acosta had been "placing his hands" on the female intern who took away his microphone, and that she would be taking away his "hard pass", the credential that allows reporters access to the White House grounds.

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

But in a statement, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders described Acosta's earlier behaviour during the conference "absolutely unacceptable" and said his White House press pass would be suspended "until further notice".

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"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.

"(Sanders) provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened. "He did. We stand by our statement", Sanders said. This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better. "We will not tolerate the inappropriate behaviour clearly documented in this video". Getting a White House press pass is a privilege given to an individual, not a right.

Acosta shared a terse rebuttal to Sanders' claim, tweeting, "This is a lie".

At the press conference, NBC News reporter Peter Alexander tried to stand up for Acosta, saying he was a "diligent reporter". "Jim Acosta has our full support".

What do you think of this exchange?

Question for @PressSec: Where'd you obtain the distorted @Acosta video you posted?

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And CNN has slammed the White House for its actions.

"We strongly reject the idea that any administration would block a journalist's access to the White House".

"Anger is one thing, but in suspending Mr. Acosta's press credential, Mr. Trump signaled that in his view, asking hard questions - the most basic function of a reporter - disqualifies journalists from attending White House briefings", the Board wrote.

"It's such a hostile media", Trump said during his post-Midterms news conference, after ordering reporter April Ryan of the American Urban Radio Networks to sit down when she tried to ask him a question.

The White House did not respond to multiple queries about the origin of the video.

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