CNN host Jim Acosta had his White House press pass revoked after he refused to give up the microphone during a conference in the White House. Not only did Acosta hold onto the microphone after he used up his questions and started giving a speech, Acosta also physically stopped a female intern from taking away the microphone from his hand.
It’s only logical that the White House took away his “hard pass” after such a misconduct but, it seems that the mainstream media thinks his actions are justifiable, mostly due to the fact that Jim Acosta works for CNN and the president is Donald Trump.
Case in point: The New York Times defended Acosta, indicating that the president is unable to deal with “criticism or tough questions,” so he decided to “angrily and crudely counterattack.”
“Mr. Acosta has regularly provoked the president to fury, and he did so again on Wednesday with questions about the Central American migrant ‘caravan’ and the Russia investigation,” The Times’ editorial board said Thursday.
Then they went on to claim that the president is against freedom of speech.
“Anger is one thing, but in suspending Mr. Acosta’s press credential, Mr. Trump signaled that in his view, asking hard questions — the most basic function of a reporter — disqualifies journalists from attending White House briefings.”
While that is, in fact, their own opinion and they have the right to express it, the next point they made indicated something else.
“That Mr. Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, would then use the demonstrably false claim that Mr. Acosta had laid ‘his hands on a young woman’ as a pretext to throw him out compounds the cynicism.”
The truth is there is no denying that Acosta”laid his hands” on the female intern because there is a video that shows exactly that.
The Poynter Institute, a nonpartisan journalist organization, is one of the few that condemned the CNN host’s inappropriate behavior.
The Poynter Institute- a nonprofit school in Florida, is known for frequently commenting on issues such as the freedom of the press. What’s even more surprising is that this organization criticizes Trump more often that the president’s critics. Nevertheless, they weren’t thrilled with what took place at the White House on Wednesday.
In an article titled “CNN’s Jim Acosta’s actions to Trump don’t represent the best of journalism,” Kelly McBride and Al Tompkins wrote that “Acosta should have handed over the microphone,” while pointing out that they have no intention of offering a “defense of Trump’s suspension of Acosta’s White House press credentials.”
“If you look closely at the video, when Acosta was asking questions, his exchange with the president was on track and normal. Acosta asked, ‘Do you think that you demonize immigrants?’ To which the president answered, ‘No,’” they wrote.
“A better question might have been, ‘How do you respond to the criticism that you are demonizing certain types of immigrants, namely poor immigrants?’
“But then Acosta’s questions ended and his statements began. ‘Your campaign had an ad showing migrants climbing over walls,’ he said. And then, ‘They are hundreds of miles away, that’s not an invasion.’
“Press conferences can be high stakes because they are frequently an attempt to control the message. Reporters who prepare with neutral questions avoid revealing bias or creating unnecessary conflict.
“Things got uncomfortable when Acosta refused to turn over the microphone to an intern who reached out to remove it from him, and then stood up to continue his banter without the microphone.
“This was a White House event and he was talking to the president of the United States. A briefing is not the same as a cable news wrestling match, where sides shout at each other. Acosta should have handed over the microphone.”
Additionally, the article said that the “accusation that Acosta manhandled the intern trying to retrieve the microphone is nonsense,” and it seems that most mainstream media outlets agree.
While Tompkins and McBride have attempted to write a nonpartisan commentary, it is clear that they see Acosta’s actions during the press conference unacceptable. After all, Acosta did refuse to give the microphone to other reporters simply because he wanted to use it for a soliloquy. It’s apparent that he had no intention of letting it go and that’s the issue that has been addressed.