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White House Suspends Jim Acosta’s Press Pass

From a statement by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders:

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. This conduct is absolutely unacceptable. It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter’s colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question. President Trump has given the press more access than any President in history. Contrary to CNN’s assertions, there is no greater demonstration of the President’s support for a free press than the event he held today. Only they would attack the President for not being supportive of a free press in the midst of him taking 68 questions from 35 different reporters over the course of an hour and a half – including several from the reporter in question. 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. As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice.

Here is the exchange that led to the suspension.

46 Responses to White House Suspends Jim Acosta’s Press Pass

  1. Sessions out, Acosta out, Pelosi back on stage again to make us laugh even more at liberals’ madness and tears, seats GAINED in the Senate – what a great freaking day thanks to a GREAT POTUS!

  2. My oh my, things are getting hot in DC.
    Let’s see if Acosta’s press associates make a fuss to have him reinstated.

    By all fair accounts, he really is insulting and his behavior today was out of line.
    It’s hard to defend someone like that.
    CNN needs to reexamine their Mission.

  3. Jim Acosta just found out that Insubordination is a thing, and it won’t be tolerated. Good call, Mr President.

    In case Acosta wants to argue some more, he can argue with Merriam Webster: Synonyms for insubordinate:
    balky, contrary, contumacious, defiant, disobedient, froward, incompliant, intractable, obstreperous, rebel, rebellious, recalcitrant, refractory, restive, ungovernable, unruly, untoward, wayward, willful

  4. President Trump was patient and fair with him as he worked up to a state of just asking to be shut up. Was this a set up by CNN? Glad DJT drew the line and banished him for insubordination. Just bad manners and “terrible” person as so aptly described. Time to put a stop to this kind of disrespect for the privilege afforded him.

  5. Took way too long. But good.

    Now release Obama’s records and charge Hillary for any one of her numerous known crimes. You can just throw a dart on that one….

    • Since Sessions is out. It’s time for that investigation to happen, unlike the Russia investigation, Hillary’s crimes are legitimate. We have until January before Nasty Pelosi bangs her gavel.

  6. Acosta should have never touched her even if it was to push her arm away. That is by definition assault and a criminal offense. The WH is right to revoke his hard pass. He finally pushed his agenda to far.

  7. I have often wondered why he sits up front and why he is called upon at all. Perhaps I am. Uninformed but the DesMoine Register, the Wichita Eagle Beacon, the Kansas City Star are all great papers. CNN is trash. Why do they get preferential treatment? It’s about time they get out in their place… O.U.T.

  8. Reporters can not disguise obnoxious behavior behind a veneer of a free press. Acosta brought this upon himself by crossing the line separating honest journalism and activism. No sympathy lost here.

  9. What’s interesting, Keith, is you withheld your usual editorial on the incident. You saw the video. You know Acosta’s action was completely defensive when the intern tried to take the microphone from him.

    Commenters: As much as you all hate CNN, you have abandoned your American “Freedom” principles when you stand solid with a president revoking press rights to a reporter for a complete bullshit reason (“accosting” the intern). Maybe you don’t like of Jim Acosta. Fine. But if you don’t approve of the role he plays in this country and you’re ok with the baked up dictator move we all saw today, then just leave or stfu.

    • Angel-
      Your loudmouth egomaniac hero, Acosta, “plays no role” in our country, outside of the buffoon grandstanding “reporter” he has perfected for SNL.
      You on the other hand, have assumed the position of his attorney, defending his battery (look up the definition, genius) of a young female White House employee.
      Dumb move.

    • I will take a “dictator” over a fake reporter and a terrible “news” organization. When Don Lemon calls all white men terrorists and nothing happens to him, it’s time to go. Just because I’m white and not ashamed of it, and support my President, that doesn’t make me a terrorist.

    • Seems to me it was a question of Acosta’s basic incivility in a public forum. Acosta is famous for taking over press conferences and disrupting the flow of information and reducing the opportunity for other journalists present to engage the President. We can only speculate on what his motivation is for routinely engaging in that behavior. His ouster has nothing to do with “press freedom”, and everything to do Acosta’s long term behavior.

      • Yes. And Angel is spot on. Denying press credentials for “laying hands” on the WH intern is BS.

        Acosta still needs to have his press pass pulled but certainly not for acosting (no pun intended) the intern. His other behavior during this news conference, combined with his behavior at others, more than justifies his press credentials being pulled. CNN can always send someone else.

    • If the “role he plays in this country” is to be a total douche-bag and try to take over a press conference he was invited to, and refuses to yield to the people running it, then he really should have been removed from the room by the secret service. He was obviously off his trolley and all bets are off with that POS.

  10. The only role that Jim Acosta plays is a radical partisan activist clown. He is not a reporter. Reporters ask questions and report FACTS.It isn’t their job to report their feelings or opinions on any issue. Give us the facts and Americans will decide how they think or feel about it. April Ryan needs her credentials revoked as well. I don’t care about her opinions either.

  11. He hadn’t touched anyone until now to my knowledge.
    He didn’t hurt her but he should have given the mic to her instead of keeping it.
    They used the “touching” incident to oust him.
    I would have done it long before now.

  12. I saw it live and was praying the intern girl would use that microphone to rap him good in the chops. May be glad she didn’t do that or the story would have erupted like a geyser on brutality to the press.

  13. So Keith, where is your opinion and take on Accosta having his WH press credential suspended…?
    Or are you not allowed to ‘comment’ because of the “WH Press Association”…?

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