White House Suspends Access For CNN’s Jim Acosta

In a major escalation of President Donald Trump’s war with the media, the White House today suspended the access of CNN’s Jim Acosta from the White House “until further notice.” I have been highly critical of the President’s attacks on the media and, as many might expect, I am equally critical of this move. I felt Acosta was out of line in refusing to give up the mike at the press conference this week.  However, he did not manhandle a female aide as suggested by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and the appropriate response would be to make it clear to CNN that its reporters are not allowed to defiantly retain a mike or yell over the President in such conferences.

The on-air confrontation between the President of the United States and Jim Acosta, the CNN reporter showed both men at their worst.  The President launched into one of his tirades against CNN while Acosta refused to yield and gently pushed aside the hand of an aide trying to grab the mike.  Sanders stated “President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration. We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern. This conduct is absolutely unacceptable.”

While I felt Acosta crossed the line with his defiance and shouting, the video does not show a serious physical contact with the aide:

 

I felt sorry from the young woman trying to do her job, but she was not treated roughly.

CNN should address the conduct of its own reporter in his refusal to yield the mike and the floor. It seemed to me that Acosta, who I knew and like, was trying to argue with the President.  I have no problem with reporters shouting outside to get responses from a president but this is a formal White House press conference.  Reporters are given opportunities to ask questions but they are expected to yield the floor to waiting reporters.

None of this changes the fact that the President’s tirade was highly improper and chilling in calling Acosta the “enemy of the people.”  That hyperbolic language is damaging to the Office of the President and potentially dangerous for Acosta and other journalists.

The suspension should be lifted immediately.

394 thoughts on “White House Suspends Access For CNN’s Jim Acosta”

  1. Selective amnesia is in full swing by the Irreligious Left when it comes to everything but especially the news media. Trump is a Girl Scout.

    “In 1798, against the background of a possible war, President John Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Acts to criminalize his critics’ speech, notably that of newspaper and pamphlet proprietors who opposed him. President Thomas Jefferson, whose love-hate relationship with the press must have stressed his analyst, wrote in 1807, “Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.” President Ulysses S. Grant had the press in mind when he concluded his second inaugural address this way: “Throughout the war, and from my candidacy for my present office in 1868 to the close of the last presidential campaign, I have been the subject of abuse and slander scarcely ever equaled in political history.”

    “President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who carried on a longitudinal war with Chicago Tribune publisher Robert R. McCormick, once admonished a reporter by giving him a dunce hat and instructing him to sit in the corner. At the close of a 1942 press conference, FDR handed a Nazi Iron Cross to a reporter and asked him to award it to a New York Daily News columnist who was in attendance and whose work he disliked.”

    https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/02/trump-hates-the-press-take-a-number-214795

    Bob and Jim

    1. Oh no..!! We’ve got to apologize for FDR even though he’s been dead for 73 years?!

      And these episodes from FDR justify Trump’s totally unhinged behavior? ..Who knew..??

      According to Bob and Jim there’s always some obscure moment in history that somehow justifies Trump’s insanity. Like this really ‘is’ a normal president and our previous sense of normal was totally mistaken.

      1. Yes, that was my intention. To get an apology for FDR ‘s prank on a reporter.😒
        HHNN wasn’t around back then to correct this assault on the free press, but you can retroactively set that affront right.
        As for “normal”, we rely on those standards being set and upheld by Anerica’s heartland, Hollywood.😏😂

        1. Tom, I’ve been following politics since middle school. I remember Nixon very well. Nixon, with his five o’clock shadow and sweaty brow often looked like a villain. And Nixon sometimes betrayed an inner bitterness. Yet Nixon was capable of maintaining a facade of sanity in public.

          I didn’t like George W’s politics. What’s more, W was, at times, comically inarticulate. Yet we never saw W go off on reporters or act unhinged in public. Whether we agreed with him, or not, W mostly acted like respectful cowboy.

          But Trump’s performance yesterday was absolutely shocking. There was no veneer of civility to speak of. And Trump ‘wonders why he gets bad press’..?? How can journalists possibly put a good spin on Trump? Every day this president tweets or says something totally unbecoming of a president!

          I seriously fear this president is leading America to a constitutional crisis; exactly as Putin wished.

          1. Tom, I’ve been following politics since middle school.

            Considering your usual portfolio of concerns, the question which comes to mind is ‘does that make this better or worse?’

          2. Peter Hill – we are going to have a Constitutional crisis because a reporter assaulted an intern and the President called him on it? Really?

            1. Paul, we’re going to have constitutional crisis when Trump refuses to comply with the investigations we surely know are coming. Trump gave us a good preview yesterday on what to expect.

              1. Peter, you have been ridiculous and continue to be ridiculous. If you continue to pee in your diapers you will get diaper rash.

                  1. Seems you are familiar with the brand Depends. Do you buy them in bulk? What are you doing for your diaper rash?

                    What an apt name for Peter Shill since his decision on right and wrong Depends on the party one is affiliated with.

              2. Peter Hill – if Trump forces Congress to take the subpoenas to court that is not a Constitutional crisis, that is his Constitutional Right.

          3. oh Putin may have wished it and he may have fully engineered it with his phony pee pee dossier given to one side and then the non-delivered “dirt” given to the Trump side, which is now a supposed factor in various investigations. This probably worked out better than Putin had hoped since the Democrats have been at the lawfully elected POTUS’ throat ever since, keeping him busy

            I don’t blame Putin for messing in our elections; he acts according to national interests and America is an expansionary power, to say the least. And, karma happens– America has messed in far too many elections itself and payback can be a beech

            but, don’t expect the Democrats to get a sense of perspective any time soon and help the POTUS to unite the country. Division goes both ways– Trump never had a minute of support from day one

            Nixon and Kissinger were a dynamic duo in foreign policy the likes of which Americans were blessed to have at a dangerous time. Trump still has a chance to effectuate a pullout in Afghanistan but does he have a Kissinger to help him get it done? Somehow Pompey doesnt seem equal to the job and who would expect a CIA hack to pull out of any kind of war anywhere

          4. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a reporter try that hard to turn a White House press conference into a debate forum with a president.
            The reporters can ask questions, ask follow-up questions, but I don’t think any president would put up with the Jim Acosta Show when he kept hogging the mic. and decided to continue a debate/ argument with Trump.
            In a different category of reporter v. politician, Bush 43 was caught on a hot mic commenting on the NY Times correspondent, Adam Clymer; he spotted Clymer in the crowd, then mentioned to Cheney while on stage campaigning “there’s Adam Clymer from the New York Times…Major League A******”.
            Bush was pissed at Clymer for what he believed was unfair coverage of his campaign.
            At a subsequent Washington Press Corp dinner after he was elected, he noted Clymer in the crowd and said to the crowd that Clymer was a “Major League Ass..et.😄
            I think he and Clymer actually got along pretty well during Bush’s presidency.

        2. I’d say that those living in real cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Antonio, San Diego, Phoenix, Atlanta, Denver, etc., etc., have a much firmer grasp of “normal” than ma and pa squatting out in toad swaller B.F.E., any day of the week. But it looks good on you.

          this is to “ya know, only having one blinking stoplight sure shortens the commute to the combo feed store/ tractor repair shop” tommie

          1. The NPC Marky Mark Mark runs the only people from the big cities know how deal with the gang bangers script. Sadly, it is a binary script. Big city good, not big city bad. Typical NPC script.

            1. I like it. keep all the mark ms corralled in the urban enclaves. makes things easier if it all jumps off one day

            1. chumps like that knw to stay out of the wrong neighborhoods, they just flip their lip the way that makes them sound chic drinking expensive coffee in starbucks. they make jazz hands instead of clapping and wear scarfs a lot too. and those funny pants that are too tight. maybe has a neckbeard too

              1. Well, for a dose of reality outside of his view of normalcy, Markypoo should take his show on the road.
                He could easily find a bar in the area, probably get fake I.D. to get in, then shoot off his mouth like he’s done hundreds of times here.
                He could then get a report on how that went down from Markypoo, or his next of kin.

      2. Peter, what history provides is a method of noting changes in society. You don’t like history because it demonstrates how foolish your views of the world are. Every step of the way you make up new rules based on your likes and dislikes. That is something that should have diappeared from you psyche after elementary school.

    2. Bob and Jim’s best post ever

      and don’t insult the Girls Scouts a fine organization kicking the organization f/k/a the Boy Scouts firmly in the groin in court these days and rightly so

    3. The Constitution provides for freedom of the press.

      The Constitution restricts the power of Congress to tax for “…general Welfare…” while omitting and, thereby, excluding the power of

      Congress to tax for individual welfare.

      Freedom of the press is constitutional.

      Taxation for redistribution of wealth is unconstitutional.

      You are absolutely correct.

      America must implement and support the “manifest tenor” of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

      1. well the SCOTUS definitely disagrees with you George since the 1930s or so they have absolutely allowed taxation for darn near anything and plenty of redistribution too. Go read Wickard versus Fillburn they can even tax the corn you grow in your own backyard

        1. And “Crazy Abe” Lincoln could suspend habeas corpus, confiscate private property, deny legal/constitutional secession and initiate war with a sovereign foreign nation in the absence of a constitutionally required declaration by Congress.

          Or not.

          You are absolutely correct. The Constitution has been shredded.

          Do you have any concept of fundamental law?

          Ben Franklin, we gave you “…a republic, if you can keep it.”

          Did you ever have any desire to “…keep it?”

          At some point, the corrupt officials and their legions of anti-American parasites must pay the penalties for their crimes and the “manifest tenor” of the Constitution must be re-implemented.

        2. “…courts…must…declare all acts contrary to the manifest tenor of the Constitution void.”
          ______________________________________________________________________

          “[A] limited Constitution … can be preserved in practice no other way than through the medium of courts of justice, whose duty it must be to declare all acts contrary to the manifest tenor of the Constitution void. Without this, all the reservations of particular rights or privileges would amount to nothing … To deny this would be to affirm … that men acting by virtue of powers may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid.”

          – Alexander Hamilton
          _________________

          The Supreme Court and judicial branch have been politicized and completely corrupted.

  2. Instructive how CNN ratings lag behind Fox News and CNBNC. Despite this important metric, CNN shareholders continue with their failed business urinal tactic.🍆🐳🤥

    They deserve to be flushed down the toilet along with their substandard industry collegaues who sheet on Americans.💩💩💩

    Fake news is not protected under the Constitution.🤮🤢 They deserve no place on the mantle by true journalists 🧜🏽‍♂️💃🏽🕺🏽

    Bob and Jim

    ps. New emojis from Apple latest iOS update!

    1. actually the US legal rules for defamation allow a really wide range for fake news under NYT v Sullivan. too wide a range IMO

  3. I was never able to find out if the reporter from The New York Daily News accepted the Iron Cross “award” from FDR.😊😂

  4. Media outlets like The Washington Post obviously want to refute what anyone with unbiased eyes can see from the original video; that is, that Acosta inappropriately struck the intern’s left arm with his right hand.
    So the WP runs a headline that says “White House shares doctored video to support punishment of journalist Jim Acosta.” The opinion piece posing as reporting cites an internet commentator Paul Watson. But the WP presents no compelling evidence that any “doctored” video was presented. In fact, Paul Watson has responded in the video below and by all reasonable indications, there was no “doctoring” whatsoever and the image was merely enlarged to make clear and obvious what such people as Professor Turley are unable (or refuse) to see.

    1. jamescfeldman – as I watch the video I think he blocked her and brushed her off. Not sure if you call that assault. However, you might say refusing to give up the mic to the poor intern is assault.

      Acosta has a list of offenses so this is just one of many. This was a perfect punishment for him. It shows the President has Sander’s back and Acosta is rude, which was clear from the full video. You get to ask two question, not twenty.

      1. Paul C Schulte, you’re correct that what Acosta did with his right hand didn’t likely rise to an assault (that is, to potentially inflict bodily harm), but what he did was much more than incidental contact. And I think Acosta did inappropriately apply deliberate force with his right hand and arm to block the intern from retrieving the microphone.

      2. Paul – I agree that he physically brushed her off, as well as turned his body to keep the mic. It wasn’t assault. However, this type of behavior would easily get a man fired in today’s society.

        It is also fair that someone who will not abide by the rules of the press corps loses access.

    2. Haha. He said “paul watson” as if anyone connected to inforwars is anything other than a wackjob kook.

      this is to “paul has an interesting take on the hidden Roswell alien, to boot” jamie

      1. npc plays its script. alex jones conspiracy very bad, fox news bad, cnn good. boring!

        ps did you know that Hillary’s campaign manager is a UFO guy? yep look it up

  5. I disagree with you, JT. Acosta makes a living in provoking and disrespecting the President. Surely you know that appeasement in cases like this never works. Maybe this will set an example and prevent other so called “journalists” from being so rude and disrespectful. If Obama was on the podium, and a conservative member of the media pulled the same stunt, the outcry against him/her would be swift and merciless!

  6. Misconduct, rudeness and disrespectfulness must always pay a price. Adolescent A’Costa–and April Ryan as well–must understand that their puerile, defiant and disrespectful actions will not be condoned by the American people or by their President. I wonder if the press and everyone else will get back to some foundational common sense and common decency. Doubtful.

  7. Try “gently” resisting a postal worker or a cop. Bottom line is he has no right to touch her. Just like when Corey Lewendoski put his hands on Michelle Fields.
    If anyone thinks that any complaint to CNN would do anything but embolden Acosta to act out even more, they are delusional.
    Even if he didn’t touch her, which he did, he clearly intimidated her. That is not acceptable I don’t care who occupies the White House.
    Sorry Professor Turley, cannot agree with you on this one.

  8. Acosta physically resisted intern’s attempt to retrieve the microphone. Inappropriate – full stop. I could not help but imagine my teenage daughter going to DC as intern and then get treated that way. Bully Acosta suspended from White House, not CNN – very important clarification.

    1. Hopefully, your daughter hasn’t been indoctrinated with your victomhood syndrome and would just shrug it off like most adults.

  9. When Acosta refused to give up the microphone, the intern very properly reached to take it from him. Acosta won that brief confrontation, because he was stronger than his adversary. If the intern had been an athletic male, Acosta would probably have lost; in fact, he probably wouldn’t have even tried.

    The whole point of social norms is to even the playing field between the strong and the weak. I don’t want to be accusatory, but if you were a small woman faced with a large man, would you still say that the man using his superior strength to keep you from doing your job doesn’t count as “serious physical contact”?

  10. From my perspective, Acosta’s behavior was situationally and interactionally inappropriate. To be clear, his actions re the intern were not malicious and hardly constitute an attack or anything of the sort–this should not be blown up into something it’s not.

    That being said, for Acosta to actively resist an intern just trying to do her job by withholding the mic violates decorum and is disrespectful to all concerned. Imagine if every reporter in the room behaved as Acosta did–it would be absolute mayhem. I don’t believe this incident, in and of itself, warrants taking his press credentials but it’s fair to note that this is hardly Acosta’s debut at this sort of thing.

    Regarding the enemy of the people banter (I’m no fan), it’s only fair to point out that his statement was conditional: “…when you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people.” This is very different than saying that the press are the enemy of the people.

    The following points are worth making with respect to the press:

    1) A thirsty press is vital to any democracy. A bloodthirsty one is not.

    2) A democracy is diminished when the press ceases to be fair and balanced in its reporting.

    1. Acosta was just trying to do his job on behalf of the American people by asking about misuse of military resources for political purposes. His job is protected by the Constitution. She was trying to silence a member of the media who refused to be bullied. In the process, she assaulted him.

      Please, please: list for me the fake news CNN has reported.

      1. I respectfully disagree. Acosta asked a question and received an answer. In no way, shape or form was he impeded in that process. The fireworks started when Acosta refused to turn over the mic. I think you’ll agree that nowhere does it stipulate in the Constitution that CNN and/or Acosta are entitled to ask questions at their pleasure to the exclusion of all others.

        As far as assault, I’m not sure that we’re watching the same incident. There’s zero evidence of assault or bullying by Acosta, the intern or anybody else.

        Re fake news, I think you’re missing my point.

  11. Frankly, I’m surprised Mr. Acosta wasn’t sacked long ago given his disruptive behavior over the months. Whether the touching of the intern was out of line or not I’m not going to debate this. But what it did provide was something concrete for the president/press office to ground a suspension.

    I sense this was inevitable.

    1. Once venerable standards of decency and conduct are eroding before our eyes. And it’s shamelessly condoned, top to bottom. Degenerative. So goes the country. Glad prepubescent A’Costa was nailed. Well overdue. An annoying me-first brat of the first order.

  12. All this dissension over “free stuff” is moot.

    Congress cannot tax for indivdual welfare or “free stuff.”

    Congress shall have only the power to tax for “…general Welfare…” omitting and, thereby, excluding the power to tax for individual welfare.

    The entire American redistributionist welfare state is unconstitutional.

    Can anyone on the vaunted Supreme Court read English?

    Article 1, Section 8

    “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;…”

  13. “More B.S. by Allan.”

    Anonymous, when you make a statement like that you should be able to offer a bit of proof. Without proof you shouldn’t get so personal.

    1. that girl is pretty cute

      she gets a star for the day

      acosta looks like he’s pulling some wing chun there, right hand parry, left hand simultaneous attack with centerline eye gouge. lol

  14. CNN is not in the “news” business. It is in the business of selling viewer eyeballs to advertisers. Zucker’s performance is measured in large part on CNN’s ratings.

    On average, it sells about 1 million pair of eyeballs per show to advertisers. I suspect most of the eyeballs CNN sells belong to people who have been conditioned to hate Trump.

    Acosta is a performance artist. His job is to give the viewers what they want so they keep tuning in. The more attention he can create for himself being hostile to the president, the more the people who own the eyeballs CNN sells to advertisers like it. More viewers equal higher ad rates it can charge for your eyeballs.

    And that means Zucker and Acosta will likely have a larger performance bonus at year end.

  15. You conclude with “The suspension should be lifted immediately,” and on that we agree. Then, immediately after the suspension is lifted, the WH should permanently revoke Acosta’s credentials. Keep in mind, you readily acknowledge Acosta was out of line–a line he frequently crosses–and his employer seems willing to accept his inappropriate behavior. Regardless of CNN’s failure to act, the WH has the ability to stop him, and they have. Just consider how you’d respond if Acosta regularly disrupted speeches and panels where you were a participant. He’d be ejected by round three and permanently barred from future access. The fact that the venue is part of our government changes nothing. Acosta, not the press, or even CNN, would be barred, so any freedom of the press argument would fail on its face. All that said, I think there’s a better way to fix the problem–and disrespectful media representatives are definitely a problem. Effective immediately, the WH should suspend all press conferences and replace them with press releases. The media would then be able to submit their questions in writing, and the WH could respond in kind. After a reasonable period, the WH could restart press conferences and continue them as long as the media representatives exhibited proper decorum. Note that decorum has nothing to do with the content of questions. If any of them got “out of line,” the conference would immediately stop and press releases start–with a minimum doubling of time spent in that state. It wouldn’t be long before the media accepted their responsibility to control themselves. It’s a simple model of behavior modification.

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