November 9, 2018

Jim Acosta Suspended from WH

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“The White House on Wednesday suspended the press pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta after he and President Donald Trump had a heated confrontation during a news conference.”

AP News

Following the incident, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted, “President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration. We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern…”

Twitter

She later tweeted a video which many argue exaggerated Acosta’s motion, making it appear more aggressive. According to Politifact, “No expert we spoke to found evidence the video was intentionally sped up or slowed down. Instead, they found the quality and clarity of the original video was watered down, ultimately obfuscating what actually happened... it seems likely that the video was distorted as it made its way to the Internet in the form of a GIF and then back to video.”

Twitter, Politifact

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From the Left

The left believes it is wrong to take away Acosta’s credentials, and that Sarah Sanders is stoking the flames by making false accusations.

From the Right

The right argues that the revocation is justified due to Acosta’s disrespectful behavior.

“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... [That] Sarah Huckabee Sanders would then use the demonstrably false claim that Mr. Acosta had laid ‘his hands on a young woman’ as a pretext to throw him out compounds the cynicism."

New York Times

“This accusation of assault... is an insult to real victims of harassment and assault. But from a White House whose President has in the past admitted ‘grabbing’ women in a sexual manner, whose record on misogyny is so poor, and who only last month praised a Republican candidate for body-slamming a reporter, it is breathtakingly hypocritical."

CNN

“Sanders is cleverly compelling progressives to prop up a Republican talking point: False allegations exist, and people will pay attention to them. When Acosta’s defenders cry out against Sanders, she can cry right back that the liberals are the ones who always insist on believing women...

“Reporters are forced to defend both their reporting on abuse allegations and their colleague who Sanders alleges is himself an abuser... This is the surest way to wage a war against the press.”

Washington Post

Lastly, “it’s unfair to the young female intern who is being thrust into this political maelstrom. As far as we know, she hasn’t accused anybody of anything. It appears that the White House is using her for its own political ends.”

The Atlantic

From the Right

The right argues that the revocation is justified due to Acosta’s disrespectful behavior.

“White House press credentials are not a universal right. There are implicit expectations of proper behavior, and the White House decision to suspend Acosta’s credential is warranted… try to imagine Acosta and his ilk behaving in similarly hostile fashion toward Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. Keep trying, but you can’t imagine it because it never happened... Even when skeptical, they were respectful."

New York Post

Brit Hume tweeted, “A presidential press conference, no matter who is president, is a forum to ask questions as tough as you like, but don’t argue. And you get one chance, maybe one followup. Your colleagues are waiting their turns. Show them some respect and the president. It’s not about you."

Twitter

“As soon as the intern made an attempt to take the mic, it was Mr. Acosta’s role to give it up... To be bold is fine. Rudeness is okay. It can be an effective strategy with a news maker. Physical tussles over mics are not. Such behavior is unnecessary theater with no goal other than self aggrandizement."

Daily Caller

“Trump may be unusually and publicly disdainful of the press, but members of the press should not allow themselves to be dragged into needless bickering with him...

“Acosta’s approach resulted in the story being about Acosta, not anything the Trump had to answer for about the migrant caravan or the Russia investigation. And that only serves Acosta, not the people who depend on him for the news.”

The Blaze

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This donkey and emu are deeply in love, and they need a home together.

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