CNN’s Jim Acosta: White House Bans, Media Erupts, Decency Ignored
The White House revoked the press pass of CNN reporter Jim Acosta last night, after he had pushed away a young female White House intern seeking to take the microphone away during the President’s presser.
I say “the” microphone, because Acosta was acting like it was his microphone, his press conference, his moral obligation to “challenge” and berate and blather the President of the United States to the exclusion of every reporter in the room.
Let’s watch the tape of the incident:
White House aide grabs and tries to physically remove a microphone from CNN Correspondent Jim Acosta during a contentious exchange with President Trump at a news conference. https://t.co/ogHhRsO0AI pic.twitter.com/WZbbP5Jwq5
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 8, 2018
Yes, the intern made a mistake. You no more try to take a microphone from that attention hog than you would grab a cub from a hungry mamma grizzly. It’s flat out dangerous. As in “Hillary throwing lamps at Bill” dangerous. “British burning the place down in 1814” dangerous.
The young lady was just trying to do her job, but Acosta was not going to let some little peon steal his extended moment in the national spotlight.
However, Acosta being a horse’s hindside is neither news, nor the real issue. The problem is the left-wing media defending the guy. Still.
But should we be surprised?
Doctored Tape More Important Than Decency
Right now, rather than deal with this guy being a boorish buffoon who makes Ron Burgundy look like Edward R. Murrow, who if the press pool was a real pool he’d be swimming in the shallow end, whose antics are a stain on journalism and a soil on the White House carpets, what is the media doing? Acting as if banning him is an assault on the First Amendment. That “Freedom of the Press” is somehow in jeopardy if Jim Acosta has to watch pressers on TV and report from outside on Pennsylvania Avenue.
The Obama Administration could break into Sharyl Attkisson’s computer to find out what she’s collecting on their nefarious deeds, and the Washington press corp was stone cold silent. Trump wants to punish a guy for mistreating one of his people, and the weeping and gnashing of teeth echoes all the way to Baltimore.
What’s more, the media is in a tizzy, ranting that the White House is sending out a “doctored” version of the video. You know, the video of an incident that was showing live on national television, played over and over again, and retweeted countless times?
The crime, the horrible crime? The clip zooms in a bit on the two figures making contact, which happens to makes Acosta’s hand action look more like a karate chop than a sweeping away of the arm.
Media, be honest. I know it’s really, really hard, but please try. You think in that moment a sweeping away is any less humiliating to a young person than if he’d physically hurt her? Whether he’s knocking away a bother or brushing away a pesky flea, isn’t his heart disrespectful just the same? Are you really happy casting aside the young woman’s experience — as long as you can cast aspersions on her boss?
Talk About Civility?
CNN, of course, is fully defending Acosta. Too lost in their own hubris to see the hypocrisy of spending 24 hours a day accusing Trump of divisive, abusive, boorish behavior, only to give kudos to Acosta.
As long as the media deems civility and respect unwarranted for anyone and anything connected to President Trump, any hope of national unity is a long shot.
As long as outlets like CNN use a microphone as a weapon of war not a tool for understanding, this commander-in-chief can be counted on to act appropriately.
And as long as you are a liberal, it’s okay to put your hands on a White House intern.