Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Jim Acosta is No Martyr to Journalism

Jim Acosta is No Martyr to Journalism

President Trump and Acosta got into a "White House press tantrum" during a press conference this week to the point where an intern tried to physically grab the mic away from the CNN reporter.

Acosta, who's a frequent target of the president, had his press pass revoked late Wednesday after being accused of "placing his hands" on an intern who was trying to take a microphone away from him.

CNN has labeled Sanders' characterization of Acosta's exchange with the intern as a lie.

Trump said he hadn't made a decision when asked by a reporter how long Acosta would remain in the "penalty box".

The CNN reporter's credentials were pulled Wednesday after his testy news-conference exchange with U.S. President Donald Trump.

"CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them", Trump said. Kimmel went on to say that it's completely ridiculous for the White House Press Secretary to "intentionally disseminated doctored video footage to discredit a reputable journalist", and as such, "she should be fired". "You have to treat the presidency with respect".

"Sources with direct knowledge tell Jonathan Swan that since the earliest days of his presidency, Trump has mused about revoking press credentials for reporters who infuriate him", Axios reports. "This conduct is absolutely unacceptable", she said. Huckabee Sanders has been an ideal press secretary for Donald Trump: more composed and ready to play the martyr than Scaramucci and free of the sense of shame that sometimes held Sean Spicer back.

"It could be others also", he said.

CNN said the move was done "in retaliation for his (Acosta's) challenging questions".

"What a stupid question that is".

"The White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice", said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders hours later, referring to Acosta, who then tweeted that he had been denied White House entry.

At Friday's Q&A session, Trump also had sharp words for CNN White House correspondent Abby Phillip. Phillip asked of the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation. "What a stupid question, and I watch you a lot, and you ask a lot of stupid questions". "And the way you treat other people is frightful". She was simply trying to do her job, while Acosta hung onto the mic and would not hand it over.

Acosta later tweeted that his press credentials to the White House had been revoked. As the Society of Professional Journalists warns, "injecting oneself into the story or creating news events for coverage is not objective reporting, and it ultimately calls into question the ability of a journalist to be independent, which can damage credibility".

Acosta, meanwhile, is in Paris, where Trump will be landing later on Friday.

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