Take-away that narcissist’s dripline, CNN!

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Continuing with the nutty press conference yesterday

“Acosta’s “hard pass” issued by the Secret Service, which speeds up entry to the White House grounds, was revoked by the Trump administration on Wednesday night. The White House said his pass was suspended “until further notice.” Why? Because of Wednesday’s combative press conference.”

Stelter continues:

Here’s what happened in seven steps:

1. Acosta asked multiple Q’s

Trump hewed to tradition by holding a post-midterms presser. Acosta was one of the first reporters he called on. Trump leaned into the mic and said, “Here we go” — seemingly relishing the confrontation.

Acosta brought up the migrants traveling from Central America toward the U.S. southern border, and the racist “caravan” ad that the Trump campaign released last week. “As you know, Mr. President, the caravan is not an invasion,” Acosta said. Trump said he thinks it IS an invasion, and back and forth they went. Acosta pointed out the migrants are hundreds of miles away; Trump insulted CNN; and called on NBC’s Peter Alexander to ask the next question. Acosta tried to follow up, pointing out that other reporters had also asked multiple Q’s. “That’s enough,” Trump said.

A White House intern tried to take the mic from Acosta and hand it to Alexander, but Acosta held on to it. “Pardon me, ma’am,” he said. “Peter, let’s go,” Trump said. But Acosta got in his Q: “If I can ask, on the Russia investigation, are you concerned that you may have indictments coming down…”

“I am not concerned about anything with the Russian investigation because it is a hoax,” Trump said, “That is enough, put down the mic.”

Acosta asked the question again and then let go of the mic.

2. Trump ripped into Acosta

While Alexander started to ask his question, Trump turned to Acosta and said, “I tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself, having you working for them.” He pointed at Acosta: “You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN.” A moment later, he spit out his “enemy of the people” line.

May I remind you, this was televised live on all the major networks and cable news channels.

Alexander deserves a lot of credit for speaking up in Acosta’s defense: “I’ve traveled with him and watched him, he is a diligent reporter who busts his butt like the rest of us,” Alexander said.

“Well I’m not a big fan of yours either, to be honest,” Trump said, prompting laughs in the room. Alexander didn’t miss a beat and asked his Q…

3. CNN called Trump’s attacks on the press “disturbingly un-American”

I’ll come back to the presser later, but I want to highlight the statement that CNN put out right after the testy exchange.

“This President’s ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far,” CNN PR said. “They are not only dangerous, they are disturbingly un-American. While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn obligation to protect it. A free press is vital to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere.”

4. Trump’s allies claimed “assault”

This is when it got ridiculous. Some Trump boosters alleged that Acosta had mistreated the W.H. intern. They used words like “pushed” and “slammed.” They screamed “assault” and “abuse.”

All of this was contradicted by the video, which you can watch here, but it became a huge story in the conservative media universe. Mediaite’s Ken Meyer said right-wing media had a “meltdown.” Twitter trolls and even some high-profile conservative commentators said Acosta’s credentials should be revoked.

5. Something happened at the W.H.

This part is still a mystery. Who decided to take action against Acosta? When and why?

6. Acosta tried to re-enter the grounds

In the 7 p.m. hour, Acosta tried to re-enter the W.H. grounds for a live shot on “Anderson Cooper 360.” He was stopped at the Pennsylvania Avenue gate where reporters usually enter — and told to turn in his hard pass.

Acosta recorded the incident on his phone. “I was just told to do it,” a Secret Service officer said on the recording.

Around the same time, Sanders issued a statement announcing the press pass suspension and calling Acosta’s conduct “absolutely unacceptable.” She said the W.H. will “never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.”

Many reporters have come to Acosta’s defense. Chuck Ross of The Daily Caller, one of CNN’s biggest critics, tweeted that Acosta “did not ‘place his hands’ on the intern. It’s ridiculous for anyone to suggest he did. And after Trump joked about Gianforte bodyslamming Ben Jacobs, the White House can’t bust out the fainting couch now…”

7. WHCA: This is “unacceptable”

NYT chief W.H. correspondent Peter Baker tweeted, “This is something I’ve never seen since I started covering the White House in 1996. Other presidents did not fear tough questioning.” And the NYT’s DC bureau chief Elisabeth Bumiller said, “The president should not pick and choose who covers him, and he should certainly not force out a representative of one of the country’s leading news organizations.”

Leaders of the White House Correspondents’ Association immediately went to work drafting a statement. They called the W.H. action “out of line” and “unacceptable.”

Key line: “We urge the White House to immediately reverse this weak and misguided action.”

Other advocacy groups have also weighed in. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press said Sanders’ “false description of the events leading up to it is insulting not only to the nation’s journalists, but to its people.”

You want a Constitutional Crisis? We’ve already had it.

Look, I hate CNN’s shouty panel shows and pontificating poltroons as much as anyone and probably more than most. That said, their actual hard news is pretty good. Acosta is not any kind of enemy of the people, he’s a real reporter. This White House is trying its damnedest to make Fox News the official State Media, and everyone else is going to sooner or later get put in Acosta’s place.

This shouldn’t happen in the United States.

If the Villagers do not yet understand that they are the first victims in the fascist take-over of the United States by the Fourth Reich, it is probably too late. All of them should cut off the breathless, fawning, incessant 24×7 media coverage of every brain fart that Hair Füror has.

Cut to cat dancing videos when he has a press conference, CNN.

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24 Responses to Take-away that narcissist’s dripline, CNN!

  1. As I understand it, the WH could have cut his mic without sending in a petite staffer to swipe for it. There’s something about this, from the immediate social media hollerin’ about whether Acosta accosted, the doctored video Slanders aired, and the Fox folx’ game of “Who you gonna believe, us or your lyin’ eyes?” that just seems fishier than caviar Kool Aid, if you ask me.

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  2. ming says:

    I saw this in real time and thought WTF? – He’s not even trying to pretend. Cheetolini thinks he has his firewall in his loyalist appointments and the Senate so he is just going to go for it. If the press poodles had any grit, they would all refuse to cover these shitshow pressers and not give this idiot access to their platform.

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  3. roket says:

    Still waiting on Comrade Presnint Stupid to act presidential. After this fiasco of a press conference, he will be hard pressed to find anyone on the left who respects his authority. Stupid ass WATB.

    Liked by 2 people

    • So what? Honestly, so fucking what? Mitch “openly treasonous” McConnell will provide cover for him, the courts have been packed with judges who honestly believe that the Prezident is above the law, and 40% of this country’s voters think that the Cheetolini is God.

      He could have pulled out a gun and blown Acosta’s head off on live teevee and I honestly believe NOTHING WOULD HAPPEN. Sara ‘Mouth of Sauron’ Huckabeast would get up and say that “Acosta shot first”

      THIS IS ” ACTING PRESIDENTIAL” TO HIM. His models aren’t US presidents, but the kinds of tyrants he wishes he was.

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  4. Ellis Weiner says:

    Cat dancing vids, sure, but also, as Jay Rosen (NYU) has said, pull the real reporters from the White House and send in the interns. I’d pay good–well, some–money to watch that: Sarah Horrible Sanders trying to lie to twentysomethings who don’t have prestige careers to jeopardize.

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  5. Sirius Lunacy says:

    You are a rude, terrible person says the rude, terrible person.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. osirisopto says:

    Red meat.
    The D’s took the House and as of January 20 ain’t jack shit getting done whether they do or don’t open investigations. The MHSG is setting the stage to incite the mouth-foamers and knuckle-walkers to violence.

    I hope anyone with the name Acosta doesn’t open packages left on their doorstep.

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  7. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    They should broadcast interviews with Hillary Clinton every time he has a press conference or rally.

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  9. MDavis says:

    “I was just told to do itfollowing orders,” a Secret Service officer said on the recording.

    and here is the Secret Service oath:
    “I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
    Yeah, nothing there about ‘support the president no matter how badly he flouts the law.’

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  10. The press folks can simply stop, en masse, attending the White House Press Conferences. Publicity and confrontation are Trump’s breathing supply, and a shutdown would choke him off tut suite! Watching Trump flailing around on the floor like a dying fish would be funny for me.

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