Friday, 16 November, 2018

White House revokes CNN reporter's credentials after furious exchange with Trump

CNN's Jim Acosta denied entry to White House White House suspends press pass of CNN’s Jim Acosta after confrontation with President Trump
Jeannette Daniel | 08 November, 2018, 21:12

Mr. Acosta had his White House credentials suspended Wednesday after he blocked a female aide from taking the microphone from him during a testy back-and-forth exchange with the president during a lengthy press conference in the East Room.

Acosta refused to give up the microphone when a White House intern tried to grab it from him, infuriating Trump.

"Reuters' White House correspondent Jeff Mason, who said he was seated next to Acosta, said he did not see his colleague "'placing his hands' on the young intern".

In announcing Acosta's suspension, Sanders said, "The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it is an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this administration".

The White House has used the fabricated physical altercation as grounds to revoke Acosta's press pass, a move that reporters of all stripes and ideologies have condemned.

Acosta had been questioning Trump about his claim that a caravan of migrants posed a threat to the US when the President turned on the journalist.

Acosta has been one of the most outspoken reporters covering the administration since Trump took office.

The president then told Mr Acosta to sit down and to put down his microphone.

"I´ll tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them". I didn't call you.'10.

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Defending it chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta, the CNN said the decision is "a threat to democracy". You are a rude bad person.

"While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn obligation to protect it", CNN said in a statement. It was this moment that was doctored in a video shared by the White House press secretary.

Journalists may use a range of approaches to carry out their jobs and the WHCA does not police the tone or frequency of the questions its members ask of powerful senior government officials, including the President. "Jim Acosta has our full support", the network said.

Acosta said the White House's account of the incident is "a lie".

Albright said videos like this pose an even greater risk of perpetuating misinformation than completely faked news videos, because they contain a grain of truth and will likely be given the assumption of accuracy.

"[Sanders] provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened", the statement read.

"The most risky type of fake news and reporting and evidence is when you get into the fine details, the nuanced things that are shaped to present a certain viewpoint or decision or news a certain way", he said.

It also feeds the kind of anti-media controversy Trump loves to generate, and which benefits him politically.

MANDEL NGAN via Getty Images CNN's Jim Acosta has become a favourite foe of Donald Trump in his rallying call against "fake news" and the "mainstream media".

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