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Title: CNN's Jim Acosta Was Rude, but He Did Not Assault a White House Intern
Source: Reason
URL Source: https://reason.com/blog/2018/11/08/ ... -trump-assault-white-house-cnn
Published: Nov 8, 2018
Author: Robby Soave
Post Date: 2018-11-09 05:50:54 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 191
Comments: 13

Acosta

Proving yet again that President Trump and the media need each other in the way that the Joker needs Batman, an altercation between CNN's Jim Acosta and a White House aide during the president's press conference Wednesday produced a series of absurdities, each more shameful than the one before it.

First, Trump berated Acosta for daring to question the president's characterization of the migrant caravan as an invasion. "I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN," said Trump. "And if you did it well, your ratings would be much better."

Next, Acosta attempted to ask another question and refused to yield the microphone, even when his turn was up and a young woman—described by some media outlets as a White House aide or intern—tried to take it back. Acosta rudely rebuffed the poor woman, moving the mic away from her as if they were playing high stakes keep-away. Reporters should challenge the powerful, but the picture of an older male reporter making a younger female staffer uncomfortable wasn't pretty, especially when Acosta's only purpose was to showboat for the cameras.

The White House upped the ante significantly. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused Acosta of "placing his hands" on the intern. You can watch the video for yourself: It's clear that nothing of the sort happened. Acosta might have embarrassed the poor woman, but he didn't assault her.

The end result: The White House decided to revoke Acosta's press clearance. CNN is standing by its reporter, and accused Sanders of making "fraudulent accusations."

"This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better," said CNN in a statement.

Whether or not that's true, Sanders' description of Acosta's actions was inaccurate, and thus a false accusation. It was very wrong to make such a claim. The White House ought to be more careful, and the administration certainly shouldn't banish reporters for being critical. Give Acosta back his credential—and a warning not to hog the mic—and let's move on to the next Trump vs. the media outrage. God knows both sides love it. As the Joker put it in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight: "I don't wanna kill you. What would I do without you?" (1 image)

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White House Posted Video That Exaggerated Incident With CNN Reporter, Social-Media Firm Says

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted a video of a press-briefing altercation involving a CNN reporter that appears to have been edited in a way that makes the reporter’s actions look more aggressive, according to an analysis by a social-media intelligence firm Storyful (owned by News Corp, the same company that owns FOX News).

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen.
The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning.
Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

Deckard  posted on  2018-11-09   6:18:08 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Deckard (#1)

Yeah? Well, was the video modified or not? I don't know. Was she assaulted or not? I guess depends on how different people look at it.

However, I saw a video of the news conference yesterday. One thing was very obvious to me. Accosta = a ARROGANT BELLIGERENT ASSHOLE !!!

After her encounter with him, if the intern had kicked him in the balls, I would have said GOOD !!

Si vis pacem, para bellum

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Stoner  posted on  2018-11-09   7:38:21 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Stoner (#2)

One thing was very obvious to me. Accosta = a ARROGANT BELLIGERENT ASSHOLE !!!

No disagreement here - he was grandstanding. I think he wanted this to happen.

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen.
The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning.
Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

Deckard  posted on  2018-11-09   8:03:44 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Deckard (#0)

First, Trump berated Acosta for daring to question the president's characterization of the migrant caravan as an invasion.

WHAT? Real reporters ask questions and report the news. He argued with the President.

THE PRESIDENT: Let’s go. Let’s go. Come on.
ACOSTA: That this caravan was an “invasion.” As you know, Mr. President …
THE PRESIDENT: I consider it to be an invasion.
ACOSTA: As you know, Mr. President, the caravan was not an invasion. It’s a group of migrants moving up from Central America towards the border with the U.S.
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you for telling me that. I appreciate it.
ACOSTA: Why did you characterize it as such? And …
THE PRESIDENT: Because I consider it an invasion. You and I have a difference of opinion.
ACOSTA: But do you think that you demonized immigrants in this election …
THE PRESIDENT: Not at all. No, not at all.
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ACOSTA: They’re hundreds of miles of way though. They’re hundreds and hundreds of miles away.
THE PRESIDENT: You know what?
ACOSTA: That’s not an invasion.
THE PRESIDENT: I think you should — honestly, I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN …
ACOSTA: All right.
THE PRESIDENT: — and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better.

misterwhite  posted on  2018-11-09   9:13:10 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Deckard (#0)

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused Acosta of "placing his hands" on the intern. It's clear that nothing of the sort happened.

It's clear he did! Who are you going to believe -- CNN or your lyin' eyes?

misterwhite  posted on  2018-11-09   9:17:56 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: misterwhite (#5)

It's clear he did! Who are you going to believe

The Sanders recording was manipulated.

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen.
The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning.
Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

Deckard  posted on  2018-11-09   9:30:29 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Deckard (#6)

The Sanders recording was manipulated.

I believe it was the InfoWars recording, not hers. So ignore it. Use the C C-SPAN video. Changes nothing.

misterwhite  posted on  2018-11-09   9:39:59 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: misterwhite (#5)

He touched her, giving her a bit of a chopping to get her "off of his mic hand". If he would have treated my daughter this way, I would go full on Antifa on him, without the mask and skinny arms.

THIS IS A TAG LINE...Exercising rights is only radical to two people, Tyrants and Slaves. Which are YOU? Our ignorance has driven us into slavery and we do not recognize it.

jeremiad  posted on  2018-11-09   11:08:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Deckard (#1)

Its a sad day when infowarrior is more correct than Reason. Well for Reason. ;)

She was assaulted not like someone got physically hurt but blocked and pushed her away. Do that to a police officer and you will be arrested!

I do not think Acosta should be charged for assault but he should have his credentials pulled and even fired from Clinton National Network. But when has the Clinton's ever cared about women anyway? Especially White House interns!

Justified  posted on  2018-11-09   11:32:51 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Justified (#9)

This incident is similar to Megyn Kelly's blackface comments. Merely an excuse to take punitive action.

misterwhite  posted on  2018-11-09   12:39:07 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: Deckard (#0)

Does an intern of the White House have full authority to place their hands on reporters like what this intern did to Acosta? True, he was rude in projecting his questions to the President. I watched the entire speech.

goldilucky  posted on  2018-11-09   14:28:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: Stoner (#2)

One thing was very obvious to me. Acosta = a ARROGANT BELLIGERENT ASSHOLE !!!

What the girl should have said knowing it was a hot mic "You do that again and I'll shove the mic up your ass"!!! And if he took a swing at her it would have been the perfect opportunity to sic security on him and drag him out by his toupee.

lol

Vegetarians eat vegetables. Beware of humanitarians!

CZ82  posted on  2018-11-09   17:56:33 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: Deckard (#0)

This asshole was being aggressive to the President and to the intern by tightly clasping the mike which he was told to relinquish.

Liberals are like Slinkys. They're good for nothing, but somehow they bring a smile to your face as you shove them down the stairs.

IbJensen  posted on  2018-11-13   11:23:29 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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