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White House suspends CNN's Jim Acosta

White House suspends CNN's Jim Acosta

At a Q&A session on Friday morning, when a reporter asked Trump, "How long are you going to leave Jim Acosta in the penalty box?", he said "I haven't made that decision, but it could be others also".

Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders claims he put his hands on a young intern as he tried to prevent her from taking back the microphone, an assertion Acosta calls a "lie".

If the idea was to discredit the White House's condemnation of Acosta's atrocious behavior at Trump's press conference and its decision to yank his press pass, a "doctored tape" conspiracy theory would be a good way to do that.

Acosta asked Trump if he thought he had "demonized" migrants by calling the group an "invasion".

"When you say 'doctored, ' you're a dishonest guy", Trump told the reporter on November 9. A video expert had told The Associated Press that the video appeared doctored to speed up Acosta's arm movement and make his gesture more threatening; the White House used that encounter to justify pulling Acosta's credentials.

"Skilled journalists know that you can be persistent without being disrespectful".

Ryan took the high road on Twitter and also responded to Abby Phillip, who tweeted about Trump's comments.

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"Pardon me, ma'am", Acosta tells the intern as she reaches for the mic, shifting to keep it out of her hands.

"Nobody manipulated it. All that is is a close-up", said the president, who then attacked the reporter for asking the question and called him "dishonest". Why might other journalists in the room react that way, and why did Fox News's Chris Wallace say that Acosta had "embarrassed himself" on Wednesday? CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them.

The White House News Photographers Association said it was "appalled" to learn that Sanders may have shared a doctored video.

Despite the video's dubious origins, Sanders doubled down in a White House statement on Thursday saying "The question is: did the reporter make contact or not?"

"I am now giving my hard pass to the Secret Service", he says in the video posted to Twitter. "And I think the White House finally got fed up with him using his perch at the White House to give personal opinions", Fleischer concluded. And I think that some people like to grandstand and be part of the story, there is no question about that.

Many mainstream media members and reporters expressed their outrage at the revoking of Acosta's pass, and CNN publicly stood firmly by its reporter without reprimanding him for his conduct. 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.


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