White House revokes CNN reporter's press pass after clash with Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump gets into a heated exchange with CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta as NBC correspondent Peter Alexander looks on during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington DC on Nove

U.S. President Donald Trump gets into a heated exchange with CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta as NBC correspondent Peter Alexander looks on during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington DC on Nove

Other organizations and individual journalists have followed suit, expressing outrage both about the barring of Acosta and about Trump's ongoing efforts to undermine a free press.

A White House staff member reaches for the microphone held by CNN's Jim Acosta as he questions US President Donald Trump during a news conference following Tuesday's midterm US congressional elections at the White House in Washington on Wednesday. He was trying to reenter the White House grounds for a live shot on "Anderson Cooper 360" when he was stopped by Secret Service officers.

Sanders claimed Trump has given the press more access than any President in history. Never mind that he laid hands on a young woman without her permission - similar to what Trump's campaign manager did to the Breitbart reporter.

After Acosta was denied re-entry to the White House for a live shot Wednesday evening, Sanders tweeted out the news of his hard pass suspension, saying the White House would not tolerate his "placing his hands on a young woman" and that CNN defending him was "disgusting". "She provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened", it said, calling Acosta's questions the "real reason" he was punished and adding, "Jim Acosta has our full support". "This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better", CNN said. "The video is clear, he did", she said in a statement on November 8. It called on the White House to reverse a "weak and misguided action".

Many in the media industry were furious with Ms Sanders for sharing the video, including one of Mr Acosta's colleagues.

When NBC reporter Peter Alexander took the mic for the next question, he defended Acosta as a "diligent reporter" - earning Trump's ire. "Sped up to make Jim Acosta's motion look like a chop", Shimunov wrote.

Sanders, who hasn't said where the tweeted video came from, noted that it clearly shows Acosta made contact with the intern.

The White House is spreading fake news. 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. "I think that you can't be surprised if they're a little crunchy". You are a rude awful person you shouldn't be working for CNN.

Trump, sarcastically, replied, "Thank you for telling me that, I appreciate it".

Matt Dornic, the vice president of communications for CNN, went as far as to accuse the White House of doctoring the video.

"It's such a hostile media", Trump said during his post-Midterms news conference, after ordering reporter April Ryan of the American Urban Radio Networks to sit down when she tried to ask him a question.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.