>The White House severely escalated its war on the free press Wednesday.https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/07/white-house-jim-acosta-credential-973702
The White House has revoked CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press access after a contentious moment in a news conference by President Donald Trump, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday night. The reasons Sanders gave for pulling Acosta’s press pass were clearly fabricated.
She claimed in a statement that Acosta placed “his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern,” which resulted in the decision to suspend Acosta’s access to the White House until further notice. Video replays of the interaction showed that this was clearly not the case.
“The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it is an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this Administration,” Sanders said in a statement to the White House press pool. “As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice.”
Later in the evening, Sanders tweeted a video that included an NFL-instant-replay-like zoomed-in version of the incident, saying that the White House stood by its earlier decision.
As president, Trump has launched an unprecedented war against journalists, frequently deriding “the fake news media“ and especially CNN. Acosta, who has gained notoriety for his sparring sessions with the president, has been perhaps his favorite target. The decision to pull his pass, however, marked a new escalation.
In Wednesday‘s news conference earlier in the day, Trump grew increasingly irritated with Acosta’s persistent questioning. At one point, the president called Acosta a “rude, terrible person” who “shouldn’t be working for CNN.”