White House suspends credentials for CNN's Jim Acosta

Pauline Gross
November 13, 2018

The White House initially contended it was Acosta's refusal to give up the microphone that led to his banishment; CNN said it's apparent the president didn't like his questions.

"You are a rude bad person, you should not be working for CNN", Trump said, further baselessly accusing him of reporting "fake news" and calling him an "enemy of the people".

CNN filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration this morning, demanding the return of the White House credentials of Jim Acosta, CNN's chief White House correspondent.

Acosta responded to the Twitter thread with a single sentence: "This is a lie".

Smith spoke to As It Happens host Carol Off more about what happened at the White House press conference. In the video documenting the original event, as broadcast on C-SPAN, a White House intern approached Acosta and attempted to remove a microphone from Acosta's hand. "The way you treat other people is frightful!"

Yes and it seems pretty innocuous to me, I think. Below you'll see the analyzation done by Shapiro.

A frame-by-frame comparison of the video shows that Sander's clip has been edited to speed up Acosta's arm movement as he touches the woman's arm.

It's the kind of thing I'm sure I have done before - that many reporters have done before - and would do in that situation. "The video is clear, he did", the statement said.

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The agency said Sherrill, who had been in a fistfight with one of Johnson's campaign aides, was a physical threat to the president. "The First Amendment applies to Donald Trump, too", he said.

Watson did provide a clue as to how the video may have inadvertently come to show a misleading version of the incident, however. There's no laying on of hands there. While she doesn't mention the source of the video, it is similar to one posted by Paul Joseph Watson, a vlogger who is also part of alt-right website Infowars.

People are saying it's altered. You know, he gets paid to burst in. "I watch her get up".

The origin of the video appears to be White Supremacist P.J. Watson. We're bearing witness to the erosion of trust in our most sacred institutions, in real time. To me, they're both pretty innocuous. Other mainstream outlets have defended Acosta.

Trump later called Acosta a "very unprofessional man" and does not think "he's a smart person, but he's got a loud voice".

Richard Toffel, the president of Pro Publica, the nonprofit investigative news organization, suggested in an interview that journalists band together and walk out of the White House press room.

What do you make of that?

None of this means that the White House is justified in removing Acosta's pass. Again, it should be condemned in the strongest terms. During a press briefing this summer, Sanders apparently didn't satisfy Acosta's curiosity when he asked about Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani's comments about the former FBI Director James Comey. "When you report fake news, which CNN does, a lot, you are the enemy of the people".

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