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White House Revokes CNN’s Jim Acosta’s Press Credentials — Do You Support the Move?

by Axios | Updated on 11.8.18

Sources with direct knowledge say that since the earliest days of his presidency, Trump has mused about revoking press credentials for reporters who infuriate him. But press staff have often successfully counseled him against doing so, telling him it would only elevate the reporter involved and would result in damaging stories about him cracking down on press freedom.

Driving the news: Yesterday, Trump went ahead and did it anyway, with Sarah Sanders announcing that the White House had removed the "hard pass" of CNN’s Jim Acosta, who had tangled with Trump at his midday press conference.

Be smart: Despite the White House accusing Acosta of "placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern" when she was taking a microphone from him at the presser, the video clearly shows Acosta didn’t do anything physically threatening to the intern.

  • The video tweeted by the White House apparently is edited to shift speeds of footage where Acosta and the staffer make contact, possibly making his gesture look more aggressive.

As Trump made clear in his interview with "Axios on HBO," he has no interest in de-escalating his fights with the press, because he thinks it works for him politically and his crowds demand it.

  • But until now it had all been rhetoric. This is the first time the Trump White House has revoked the credentials of a mainstream reporter.

The reaction from White House reporters made it clear that a new line had been crossed:

  • The N.Y. Times' Peter Baker called the White House explanation a "[f]alse predicate to punish a reporter. This is what the president wants. If he really thought @acosta was unfair, then why did he call on him? Because he wants the confrontation."
  • Olivier Knox, president of the White House Correspondents' Association, said the group "strongly objects to the Trump Administration’s decision to use US Secret Service security credentials as a tool to punish a reporter with whom it has a difficult relationship."

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  • Chickie
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    Yesterday, #45 held a combative press conference where he praised himself for the election outcome. Keeping to his predictable script of not accepting responsibility. #45 openly threatened Congressional Democrats if they were to call for investigations against him. “If that happens, then we’re going to do the same thing, and government comes to a halt and I would blame them”. #45 ignored valid questions from a number of press outlets, calling several reporters “rude”, when asked valid questions. #45 shamed and made racist remarks, telling a Japanese reporter “Say hello to Shinzo”, referring to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He then dismissively told the Japanese reporter, “I can’t understand you”. #45’s removal of CNN Jim Acosta’s WH Press Pass is clearly a defiance of the 1st Amendment, Freedom of the Press. What yesterday’s press conference proved is that #45’s reaction to a Democrat led House where a checks and balance system would require executive transparency, has frantically unhinged his ugly side.

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  • Jason
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    No president likes to be put on the spot about their failings. But is also what separates the children from the adults. Poor little rich kid, draft dodger, traitor trump got his feelings hurt because some adult asked him a big boy question that he couldn’t (wouldn’t) answer. And just like a child, he threw a mini tantrum. Yes folks, this is the guy with his finger on the nuclear button.

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  • SneakyPete
    last Thursday
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    By all means YES. HE doesn’t act or perform ever like a responsible reporter and is only looking 👀 out for his image. SneakyPete ..... 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸. 11*8*18 .....

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  • ConservativeGuy
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    CNN should fire this loser. That press conference was a collection of petty, butthurt liberals expressing their anger. Not a single productive question was proffered.

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  • Ardent
    last Thursday
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    Jim Acosta is a proven and diligent member of the press. I may not agree with everything he says or reports on but I fought for this country to protect our constitution and its first amendment. Revoking Acosta’s White House press credentials is unwarranted. A strong President should be able endure criticism and ire. This move against Acosta is weak and sends the message that the conservatives needs safe-spaces just like they decry that the liberals are wont to do.

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  • JTJ
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    He should have been kicked out a long time ago.

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  • Riley
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    He is a obnoxious rude jerk I wish CNN would fire him completely. You saw how he shoved that woman away. So disrespectful

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  • Janet
    last Thursday
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    Yes I do His actions and attitude reflect his dislike(putting it mildly) for President Trump. Show some respect, if not for the President, for the office he holds.

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  • Richard
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    Just because you’re a reporter doesn’t mean you get to act like a Jacka$$! You ask questions, you don’t make speeches about how you feel! When you are called on ask your question, then shut up and sit down. When did it become alright to be rude and disrespectful.

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  • Mark
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    This is the crossing of a red line. Mr. Trump was asked appropriately tough questions, he refused to answer them and he attacked Mr. Acosta verbally. The White House then revoked Mr.Acosta’s credentials and literally released a doctored video accusing the reporter of touching an intern. This cannot be tolerated. The first amendment must be aggressively protected by our congress.

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  • We-r-watching
    last Thursday
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    Long ovetdue. Acosta is,a glory hound. I think a permanet ban is warranted for Acosta and any others that can't follow proper decorum for addressing our President. I would have pulled his press pass at the press conference and had Secret Service escort him off the grounds. That serves as an example to all media.

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  • Mark
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    This guy is a disrespectful 🤡 should have let secrete service take his ass out back.

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  • Mark
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    Regarding a Jim Acosta of CNN. First I would’ve had him physically removed and in handcuffs via the Secret Service. Second I would back that up with assault charges on behalf of the woman he was bullying while screaming at the President. Clearly justified based on video evidence. Third, I would revoke his press credentials as icing on the proverbial cake. Fourth, CNN would be banned from the press pool indefinitely for having such a dirt bag in their employment.

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  • Rhonda
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    This is outrageous and a step toward controlling the press which is an abuse of power! STOP this man now! He is not a dictator he is the president of the United States and like it or not criticism and tuff questions are part of the job - if Trump is too thinner skinned to stand up and take like a man then he needs to be out!

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  • Caren
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    Absolutely yes! I can only imagine if this happened with the last president. But, of course it wouldn’t because the media and politicians worshiped him and we all know why.

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  • Kirk
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    It is a privilege to be in that room as a representative of the American people and to behave in an appropriate manner. I find it hard to believe that if anyone acted the way he did in a meeting at their place of work that they wouldn’t be terminated. Yes, I wish this President was more “presidential” but there is no need for a race to the bottom of of the human behavioral spectrum.

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  • Nephtwim
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    I am a independent voter. There are things I support about this President and there are things I do not. I watched the video that the WH tweeted and I saw the video segment of Acosta’s questioning during the press conference on CNN’s website. The video on CNN.com clearly shows Acosta not conceding his time or the microphone after the President called on another reporter. Acosta did in fact push away the intern’s arm and refused to give up the microphone. I have to side with the WH on this one. Acosta was doing fine up until that point. He’s to blame.

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  • Marilyn
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    Darn right I support it. Acosta shouldn’t even be employed!!

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  • Joel
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    There is never any excuse for being rude and disrespectful, and in Jim Acosta’s case, consistently rude.

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  • David
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    This conduct by the press needs to be managed as it is in an area that can become a threat to our President. These interviews should in my opinion be managed like a court room is managed. That security should be available as in a bailiff conducting control of the rowdy court hearing. The same should be for controlling the conduct of a rowdy press corps's during interviews of the official press briefings from our nation.

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