Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

CNN sues Trump amid row over reporter Jim Acosta

CNN sues Trump amid row over reporter Jim Acosta

In his argument with Mr Acosta, Mr Trump said: "CNN should be ashamed of itself having you work for them".

The Tweet above shows the doctored video as posted by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. "Other reporters would end up hesitating before asking sharp questions, the White House would be able to use the threat of similar revocations for critical coverage and media coverage of the White House would be distorted because of fear of official retaliation".

Acosta responded to the Twitter thread with a single sentence: "This is a lie". They both agreed that this will happen again, now that the White House is setting the position.

The White House has never before revoked a "hard pass" as a outcome of a reporter doing his or her job.

The New York Times blamed President Trump for the acrimonious tone between the White House and the national political press corps without any discussion about the unprecedented level of bias against the White House, a level of negativity toward the Trump White House unseen by any of his predecessors.

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Other experts agree, and the creator of the video is sticking to the claim that it was not doctored.

"I think it's a really strong lawsuit", Floyd Abrams, a noted First Amendment lawyer, told CNN on Sunday. You see the intern go for the mic.

"He is a very unprofessional guy", Trump said of Acosta.

It's the kind of thing I'm sure I have done before - that many reporters have done before - and would do in that situation.

Saturday Night Live tackled the recent controversy over the removal of CNN's Jim Acosta's credentials on "Weekend Update", as a "White House intern" appeared on the show and snatched co-anchor Colin Jost's pencil.

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People are saying it's altered. "When you're in the White House, this is a very sacred place to me".

"Not that I know of. Or they could do nothing and effectively 'submit to his authority to determine who gets to hold him accountable, ' as the former Republican presidential strategist Steve Schmidt put it to me in an interview on Friday". I think the person behind the video denies that and says it's more a case of zooming in rather than changing the speed. The video appears to have been circulated on Twitter by the editor of conspiracy theory website Infowars.

In honor of Wednesday's episode, here's a list of some of the tenser exchanges between the White House and Acosta.

The comments, the latest outbursts in Trump's long history of hostility towards the press, have drawn criticism from civil liberties groups. It also prompted the White House to suspend his hard pass.

This transcript has been edited for length and clarity.

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