White House suspends credentials for CNN's Jim Acosta

Lester Mason
November 8, 2018

The decision comes after a tense standoff between Acosta and President Donald Trump during a press conference on Wednesday, one day after the 2018 midterm elections.

Trump called Acosta a "rude, awful person", and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders subsequently said the reporter's hard pass was being suspended "until further notice".

A White House staff member steps in to try to take the microphone away from Acosta.

The Trump administration barred another CNN reporter from attending an open media event in July but until now has not gone as far as removing a credential, known as a "hard pass", which enables journalists to enter the White House grounds.

"The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, [but it's also] an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this administration".

Acosta's press pass to access the White House was suspended "until further notice" Wednesday, hours after he engaged in a contentious back-and-forth with President Trump.

"We will not tolerate the inappropriate behaviour clearly documented in this video", Sanders said, posting a video of the CNN reporter allegedly placing his hand on a young woman.

Acosta had been holding the microphone, trying to ask a follow-up question, while the president was calling on a different reporter.

"CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them", Trump said.

Looking back at Acosta, Trump added: "The way you treat [press secretary] Sarah Huckabee is terrible, and the way you treat other people is frightful". Trump's critics have called the deployment a political stunt.

Albright said videos like this pose an even greater risk of perpetuating misinformation than completely faked news videos, because they contain a grain of truth and will likely be given the assumption of accuracy.

During the question, Trump interrupted and said, "Here we go again". Those were reporters working with CNN, NBC, other networks.

"This severe measure, paired with the president's treatment of several other esteemed White House reporters, is unacceptable given the already hostile environment for reporters in the United States. They are not only risky, they are disturbingly un-American", the network said, voicing its support for Acosta and "journalists everywhere".

During the event, the president refused to answer Acosta's questions about indictments in the Russian Federation investigation, saying, "I'm not concerned about anything with the Russian Federation investigation, because it's a hoax".

She added, "President Trump has given the press more access than any President in history".

"Well, I'm not a big fan of yours either", Trump quipped, adding, "You aren't the best".

The reporter was Yamiche Alcindor of PBS Newshour, an African American reporter.

Trump asked him to sit down multiple times but Acosta kept speaking. Trump has repeatedly called him "fake news", turning him into a symbol of the president's general animus toward the news media.

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