President Trump and Sarah Sanders revoked Acosta’s press pass earlier in the week which set off a frenzy in DC.
“President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his administration,” Sanders said in the statement. “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.”
Sanders continued: “This conduct is absolutely unacceptable. It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter’s colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question. President Trump has given the press more access than any president in history. Contrary to CNN’s assertions, there is no greater demonstration of the president’s support for a free press than the event he held today.”
The media complex reacted to the news with (some fake and totally phony) outrage but no one walked out and boycotted. When Obama overstepped and banned Fox News, other media outlets boycotted until the ban was lifted.
That they did not join together to fight for Acosta tells you something about what they think of Acosta and whether this was a fair punishment.
Mike Huckabee for one thinks that it is more than fair, he hit back at Jim for his rude treatment of his daughter and his media apologists.
“To members of the media or Dem Party (but I repeat myself) still lamely defending “Showboat Jim” read Michael Goodwin’s column for a more mature perspective.”
To members of the media or Dem Party (but I repeat myself) still lamely defending "Showboat Jim" read Michael Goodwin's column for a more mature perspective. https://t.co/gvYTcD0czU
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) November 8, 2018
From Goodwin’s column:
The conduct of a handful of so-called reporters during President Trump’s news conference was disgraceful beyond measure. This is not journalism, this is narcissism.
Naturally, the boorish Jim Acosta of CNN was the instigator. As is his habit, Acosta doesn’t ask questions — he makes accusations and argues. Almost daily, he does it with the press secretary; Wednesday, he did it with the president.
“I want to challenge you,” Acosta began after Trump called on him. Trump realized he’d made a mistake, murmuring, “Here we go,” and Acosta didn’t disappoint.
He insisted that despite the president’s use of the word “invasion,” the caravan of Central American migrants “is not an invasion.”
There was a time not long ago when young journalists were taught not to become the story. Apparently, many news organizations have flipped that lesson on its head.
But we are witnessing something more insidious here than media trash talk. Plain and simple, we are watching expressions of personal hatred.
Yes, it’s true that most journalists lean far left and their bias sticks out like so many sore thumbs. That’s been true for a long time, but political bias is an insufficient explanation for the Jim Acostas of our time.
They hate Trump. They really, really hate him. There’s nothing professional about it.
They are not alone. Take a poll of almost any major newsroom in America and the vast majority of those working there, if they are being honest, will confess that they too can’t stand the existence or the sound of Trump.
Just as Acosta can’t go into a movie theater and yell “Fire” when there is no fire, he should not have the right to hijack a presidential press conference to suit his own ego.
It is also long past time for his colleagues, including those from other outlets, to remind him that his shameful conduct is making all of them look bad. More important, scenes like Wednesday’s further erode the public’s already declining trust of the media and fuel resistance to the First Amendment.