CNN reporter loses White House access

Blanche Robertson
November 8, 2018

Fox News Digital Politics Editor Chris Stirewalt said that CNN reporter Jim Acosta was actually helped by President Trump when the White House suspended his pass to access the compound Wednesday night. He called the White House accusations "a lie".

This is clearly inappropriate and unprecedented punishment by the Trump administration for what it perceives as unfair coverage by the reporter, and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders' false description of the events leading up to it is insulting not only to the nation's journalists, but to its people.

The president's mood turned sour Wednesday after reporters pressed him on why he referred to a migrant caravan making its way to the US on foot through Mexico as an "invasion".

Screenshot via CNNProving yet again that President Trump and the media need each other in the way that the Joker needs Batman, an altercation between CNN's Jim Acosta and a White House aide during the president's press conference Wednesday produced a series of absurdities, each more shameful than the one before it.

However, she is unsuccessful as the reporter manages to keep hold of the microphone, telling her: "Pardon me, ma'am".

"President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration", Sanders said in a statement. "This conduct is absolutely unacceptable", she said.

"What do you make of it?" she asked.

Acosta, 47, regularly grills Sanders at press conferences where she defends Trump's most controversial policies.

It all started when CNN's Acosta got into a heated debate with Trump after he asked the president about the migrant caravan. The next questioner, NBC reporter Peter Alexander, defended his CNN colleague as a diligent reporter. "You run CNN", Trump fired back.

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He also posted a tweet saying he was stopped by the Secret Service from entering White House grounds.

Trump has repeatedly called him "fake news", turning him into a symbol of the president's general animus toward the news media. Trump became frustrated with Acosta's antics.

'That's enough, Put down the mike, ' Trump told him.

"I was seated next to Acosta at today's press conference and did not witness him placing his hands on the young intern, as the White House alleges", he tweeted.

"CNN should be ashamed of itself having you work for them", the president said to Acosta. It was obviously a question he didn't like.

"I understand", Alexander said, attempting to ask a question.

The White House sought to brush aside suggestions it is stifling a free press. I do think, Anderson, that this is a test for all of us.

"[Trump] came out right after his inauguration and said his inauguration crowds were bigger than President Obama's, when they weren't", Acosta previously said in a CNN segment.

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