Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Trump clashes with 'rude, terrible' journalist in extraordinary exchange

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He called CNN's Jim Acosta a "rude, awful person", "fake news", and an "enemy of the people", accused Yamiche Alcindor of the PBS Newshour of asking him a "racist question", told Peter Alexander of NBC News that he wasn't a fan of his, and derided the general media as "hostile" and the driving force causing political division in the nation. "When you report Fake News, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted the video, which shows Acosta asking President Donald Trump a question on Wednesday as the intern tries to take his microphone away.

I have posed the question to Sarah Sanders, why - why was Patrick Casey here, and what - who was he meeting with?

On Thursday, Sanders said, "The question is: did the reporter make contact or not?" She provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened.

"A free press is vital to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere", the statement said.

Matt Dornic, a CNN communications executive, tweeted that Sanders' sharing of the video was "absolutely shameful".

"White House staff don't pull passes over personal pique, only over threats to the president", professor Martha Joynt Kumar, director of the White House Transition Project, told CNN.

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The CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter asked Sanders for the source of the video. "That's not the way you're supposed to be running a press operation", he said. "We do have to stick together, but Jim Acosta makes it awfully hard to have journalistic solidarity in something like this".

Acosta repeatedly presses Sanders in her rare briefings to clarify quotes and policy from the president.

Meghan McCain was also distraught at the discourse on display, posting, "I got 4 hours of sleep last night and can't emotionally deal with Trump's presser right now".

Acosta took to social media, complaining that the U.S. Secret Service had asked for his credentials to enter the White House. "I'm telling you what the law is". Trump told him "that's enough", called the investigation a "hoax", and then told Acosta he was a "rude, awful person" who treats people "horribly".

When Acosta tried to follow up with another question, Mr Trump said "That's enough!" and a female White House aide unsuccessfully tried to grab the microphone from the reporter.

The Board also noted the president's praise for Rep. Greg Gianforte's (R-MT) assault of Guardian journalist Ben Jacobs, questioning why Sanders had not expressed the same disapproval of such behavior. Sure. Is it appropriate for the White House to seize the hard pass to obstruct daily access to the White House to someone because the president wants to spar with him and considers him a critic? No.

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