CNN reporter loses White House access

Pauline Gross
November 9, 2018

"When you are holding something and you snatch this from me, this is now an extension of me and that means you've battered me, you've assaulted me".

Acosta: "Why did you characterise it as such?"

"I consider it to be an invasion", Trump responded. "You and I have a difference of opinion".

What do you think of this exchange?

"No, not at all. But they have to come in legally".

That's what the migrants are trying to do? they say they intend to seek asylum, he said.

Acosta said he learned that his access was withdrawn from a text message on his phone.

"They took the C-SPAN video, threw away half the frames and reblended them back together to make it seem full". What Acosta did with his arm - before he said, "Pardon me, ma'am", to the intern - had Twitter users up in arms.

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When Acosta tried to follow up with a question about Russia, Trump replied: "CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You shouldn´t be working for CNN", he said.

POTUS tried to move on to the next reporter's question, but Acosta held onto the microphone, as an aide attempted to take it from him.

The president clashed with Acosta after a series of questions about the migrant caravan, but the conversation became personal in a hurry.

CNN executive Matt Dornic accused the White House press secretary of releasing "actual fake news" and called her tweet "absolutely shameful". During the George W. Bush presidency, Trude Feldman, who worked for various news outlets, was suspended for 90 days after security cameras recorded her looking through a press aide's desk late one night. "A free press is vital to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere".

The White House ought to be more careful, and the administration certainly shouldn't banish reporters for being critical. Who invited him? I haven't gotten a response from the White House yet.

At the White House news conference Wednesday, Trump called Acosta a "rude, bad person" when he refused to sit down after asking the president about a racist anti-immigration ad his re-election campaign had paid for and promoted ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections. The president turned away, trying to go on to another reporter, but Acosta refused to give up his microphone. "I never thought that in this country I wouldn't be able to cover the president of the United States just for asking a question", he said. "Other presidents did not fear tough questioning".

Journalists may use a range of approaches to carry out their jobs and the WHCA does not police the tone or frequency of the questions its members ask of powerful senior government officials, including the President.

And CNN has slammed the White House for its actions.

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