During Wednesday’s long and somewhat unnerving press conference in the East Room, CNN’s Jim Acosta found himself in hot water.
The showboating reporter from the mainstream, corporate media, had asked the President a tough question regarding a controversial advertisement created for the midterms that portrayed the thousands-strong migrant caravan as an “invasion”. (Military aged men marching toward our border carrying the flags of their home nation tend to be characterized as such in reality).
The President, who has already clashed with Acosta on several occasions, recognized the reporter’s attempt to grandstand and verbally put Acoosta in his place. That’s when a White House intern attempted to wrest the mic away from Acosta. The reporter’s reaction to the attempt then caused him to have his press credential indefinitely suspended.
Judging by Hollywood’s reaction to the incident, you would think that we just entered a dictatorship.
If the White House Press Corps doesn’t do anything about the @Acosta situation right now, if they don’t boycott or take a stand, we are on the road to full authoritarianism.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) November 8, 2018
Why doesn’t CNN and all journalists who check and verify everything they report sue trump for slander? He lies about them on the daily and is never held accountable https://t.co/0CnumCTByw
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) November 7, 2018
There is only one enemy of the people and he sits in the Oval Office. Unfortunately this criminal will have to be dragged lying and obstructing his way out of the White House. We can not leave our battle stations.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) November 8, 2018
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) November 8, 2018
This doesn’t even begin to address the accusations that the White House had willfully shared a “doctored” version of the video of the event in which someone had sped up the altercation to make it seem more damning to Acosta.
To be quite far, the look on the intern’s face says everything that you need to know about the confrontation, as her bewildered stare and body language indicate that she was both taken aback and offended by Acosta’s unnecessary physicality.
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