Lets Talk Jim Acosta Press Pass and Why

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A federal judge ordered the Trump administration on Friday to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, though a lawsuit over the credentials’ revocation is continuing.

To begin, I question writing this article, and it’s not because of the ridiculous conversations people have had online and the divide that politics inevitably causes within this political climate, but because a part of me, whether you want to call it skepticism or conspiracist, that just feels that this is an orchestrated move from President Trump that distracts the public’s attention toward Jim Acosta rather than the Republican Party losing the House, Jeff Sessions being out and being replaced by Whitaker who of course has been critical of the Russia investigation. And that’s just among the many things that need to be discussed, but at the same time, it’s an incredibly important story because it deals with yellow journalism, or as Trump calls it, “Fake News” and the intimidation and suppression of the media.

If you hadn’t seen the interaction between Acosta and President Trump, during a recent press conference, it was just one of several notable moments. While there was a lot that happened you can see in the video, I recommend that you watch the full source down below. I’ll be focusing primarily on the main issue; You had a consulate from CNN asking about the President’s characterization of the caravan of immigrants as an invasion, you see Acosta ask the question and the two go back and forth, Acosta then tries to ask a follow-up question, but Trump says that’s enough and he then approaches Acosta trying to grab the microphone, and then what follows is Donald Trump saying, “CNN should be ashamed of itself for having you work for them.” Acosta says, “I don’t think that’s fair.” Trump says, “You’re a very rude person. The way you treat Huckabee is horrible.”

You then see a back and forth between Trump and a new reporter that has the microphone for questioning. We then hear off mic Acosta bringing up the pipe bombs that were brought to CNN, and Trump responds, “Well when you report fake news… No, when you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people.” And what followed this exchange was Sarah Huckabee Sanders announcing that they were suspending Acosta’s hard pass, writing on Twitter, “President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration. We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White Intern…” and continues in another tweet, “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.”

But then also going on in a later tweet saying, “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. Only they would attack the President for not supporting a free press in the midst of him taking 68 questions from 35 different reporters…” So based off of what we’ve already seen you might be wondering what is she talking about? What hands on an intern? Well to understand this alleged incident we have to look at the scene from a different angle which luckily there is a video of.

If you and I watched the same video then we can agree that there was nothing that lined up with what the press secretary alleged happened. What she is actually referring to is the brushing of Acosta’s arm over the arm of another female reporter trying to grab the mic from him, but clearly unintentionally and no malice in his movements. He even apologizes seconds after noticing the slight contact between the two. You had others coming to Acosta’s defense like Jeff Mason from Reuter’s news outlet tweeting, “I was seated next to @Acosta at today’s press conference and did not witness him ‘placing his hands’ on the young intern, as the White House alleges. He held on to the microphone as she reached for it. The @Reuters pictures below depict what happened accurately.”

You even had Ben Shapiro, who makes a living off criticizing the Left, tweeting in response to Sarah Huckabee Sanders, “This is not what happened. You could have banned him simply for refusing to abide by any of the normal rules of the press room. No need to state something happened that didn’t.” To go even further you even had Chuck Ross from the Daily Caller tweeting, “Plenty to criticize Acosta about, but he did not ‘place his hands’ on the intern. It’s ridiculous for anyone to suggest he did. And after Trump jokes about Gianforte body slamming Ben Jacobs the White House can’t bust out the fainting couch now.” We also saw the White House Correspondents Association tweeting issuing a statement saying, “.@WHCA Statement On Revoked White House Access via President…

The White House Correspondents Association strongly objects to the Trump Administration’s decision to use the US Secret Service security credentials as a tool to punish a reporter with whom it has a difficult relationship. Revoking access to the White House complex is a reaction out of line to the purported offense and is unacceptable. Journalists may use a range of approaches to carry out their jobs and the WHCA does not police the tone or frequency of the questions its members ask of powerful senior government officials, including the President.” And encouraged the White House to reverse its decision, but this seems incredibly unlikely because after the backlash Sarah Sanders tweeted, “We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video.”

And one of the big thing’s here is that the video linked to her tweet about standing by their decision contains an edited video of the raw video sourced below, depicting Acosta’s movements more aggressively than they actually were. This was the same video shared by Paul Joseph Watson of Infowars tweeting, “Sarah Sanders claims Jim Acosta ‘places his hands on a woman’. Jim Acosta says this is a “lie”. Here’s the video. You be the judge.” He went on to defend the video by saying, “The only editing done to this clip is that it is zoomed in. The speed has not been altered from the original clip posted by the Daily Wire.” Adding, “The clip is not “doctored” or “sped up”. As you can see from the original editing track in Sony Vegas Pro, none of the individual tracks are “sped up”. A track that is sped up would show wavy lines in the original track field, which it doesn’t.”

But then you had people showing side by side comparisons slowed down and at full speed, and side by side at quarter speeds them do appear to be differences. Also, this has stirred up a debate that part of this could have been unintentional.

Update

A federal judge ordered the Trump administration on Friday to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, though a lawsuit over the credentials’ revocation is continuing.

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly, an appointee of President Donald Trump, announced his decision at a hearing Friday morning. The judge said Acosta’s credentials must be reactivated to allow him access to the White House complex for press briefings and other events.

Acosta, CNN’s chief White House correspondent, was back in the afternoon. The White House said it would be developing new rules for orderly press conferences.