And So It Begins …

Acosta

Jim Acosta

Jim Acosta, one of CNN’s most astute reporters, has had his press pass, his access to the White House, revoked “until further notice”.  Why?  Because he was doing his job, he was asking questions.  The same as Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs was doing when then-candidate for the U.S. Congress, Greg Gianforte, took umbrage and knocked Mr. Jacobs to the ground and proceeded to beat him.  A year later, Donald Trump praised Gianforte for his actions, and now Trump has barred Mr. Acosta.

Jim Acosta was doing his job … he was asking Trump questions like why he lied about the migrant caravan, calling it an ‘invasion’, asking why he was demonizing immigrants.  He was, in other words, doing precisely what we want our free press to do … holding the president accountable for his words and actions.  See for yourself …

As you can see, an intern attempted to take the microphone from Acosta and he did nothing but hold onto the microphone and turn slightly to keep her from taking it from him, for he had not gotten an answer to his question about the highly controversial, racist ad that Trump ran at the end of the mid-term campaign.  Trump put an end to Acosta’s questions, calling him a “rude, terrible person”, and the microphone was removed from Acosta’s hand by a White House staffer.

Later in the day, Acosta attempted to return to the White House for a scheduled program with Anderson Cooper, but was stopped outside the White House by Secret Service agents, one of whom blocked his way, and another of whom asked Mr. Acosta to hand over his press credentials, which he did without argument.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders lied … blatantly lied about the interaction between the intern and Mr. Acosta, saying …

“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 House intern. This conduct is absolutely unacceptable.”**

CNN Producer Allie Malloy responded to Sanders via Twitter: “This is a complete lie. The woman grabbed Jim’s arm repeatedly. He never once touched her. In fact at one point @Acosta tells her politely ‘pardon me, mam’ as she’s yanking on his arm.”  As you saw in the video, Acosta did not “place his hands” on the intern.

Ryan

April Ryan

The news conference lasted one hour and 26 minutes, and Acosta was not the only reporter denigrated by Trump.  April Ryan, also with CNN, attempted to ask a question about voter suppression concerns, when Trump said to her …

“Sit down please. Sit down. I didn’t call you, I didn’t call you, I didn’t call you.”

Alcindor

Yamiche Alcindor

Toward the end of the event, Yamiche Alcindor, a correspondent for PBS “NewsHour,” asked Trump about the widely shared view that his rhetoric has emboldened white nationalists.  Trump’s response was to tell her that it was a ‘racist question’ and then proceeded to tell her (falsely) that he had the highest poll numbers ever among African-Americans.  Watch …

The White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) issued the following statement in response to Acosta’s press credentials being suspended:

“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. Such interactions, however uncomfortable they may appear to be, help define the strength of our national institutions. We urge the White House to immediately reverse this weak and misguided action.”

Friends, this is the most egregious abuse of power, the most blatant attempt to shut down the free press, that we have seen from Donald Trump to-date.  This cannot go unnoticed, cannot be allowed to pass without comment.  Please ask yourself this question:  What next?  The answer should scare you … it scares the hell out of me.

**Here is the full White House statement:

“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 House intern. 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. Only they would attack the President for not being supportive of a free press in the midst of him taking 68 questions from 35 different reporters over the course of an hour and a half — including several from the reporter in question. The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it is an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this Administration. As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice.” — Sarah Sanders

38 thoughts on “And So It Begins …

  1. I cannot wait until we see King Trump’s reactions to House of Rep. scrutinies on his family and finances in upcoming months. He clearly felt the “heat” in this press conference and his physical and mental health will continue to decline. Bravo Jim Acosta for “staying the course”.

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    • He has already threatened … the very day after the election … that if the democrats even considered subpoenaing his tax returns or investigating his finances, he would retaliate. I’m not sure what sort of retaliation he could get, but let’s face it, he’s proven to be a very dirty fighter. Truth and integrity are not in his vocabulary.

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  3. There is absolutely NOTHING good about what happened.

    First, tRumpsky was his usual rude, crude, and belligerent self in criticizing Acosta because he didn’t like the questions. Second, regarding “the touch,” the female reached across Acosta’s body to get a hold of the mike (which was in his right hand) and he pushed her arm away (at the elbow). He made no other movements towards her.

    Third, there’s another reason tRumpsky insulted Acosta. This … according to a clinical psychotherapist … “When suppressed concerns and feelings, such as lack of self-esteem; self-defeating thoughts and behaviours; guilt; and anger, for example, are not treated or dealt with, the person uses insults to unleash anger, to escape dealing with the pain or trauma experienced or as a way to exert control [over another person] and feel powerful.”

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    • You are so right … it seems that Trump’s disdain for the press has escalated, and it wasn’t only Acosta to whom he was rude. Seemed to me, although I did not watch the entire thing (couldn’t stomach that!), that he was tolerant of only a handful of journalists.

      Your psychiatric assessment sounds spot on.

      And I’m sure you saw yesterday that the White House released a doctored video that was altered to make it look as if Acosta had grabbed the intern’s arm? It was quickly proven to be doctored by the experts, leaving Trump and ol’ Sarah Huckabee Sanders looking like fools, although they are such big fools they didn’t even realize there was egg on their faces. Sigh. Wake me when it’s over!

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  4. “Freedom of conscience, of education, of speech, of assembly are among the very fundamentals of democracy and all of them would be nullified should freedom of the press ever be successfully challenged.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt. These words take on new meaning in our present circumstances. Silence is not an option…”If we don’t fight hard enough for the things we stand for, at some point we have to recognize that we don’t really stand for them.” – Paul Wellstone. Two great men from two different times, both reminding and admonishing us to protect our precious freedoms…that can easily be lost by indifference and quiet acceptance of the tyranny seated in the White House. Thank-you!

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    • As always, my friend, you have just the right quote for the occasion! I think one of the greatest dangers at this point is that we might become so inured to all of it that we begin to just shrug our shoulders and say, “yeah, yeah, more of the same”. That would be a fatal mistake. ‘Tis why I keep on keeping on here. Are you okay? I haven’t seen much of you … hope all is well. Missing you and Benjamin!

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  5. Jill, the Senate leadership should should place the US President in time-out. I fully recognize that his fan base will applaud how tough and commanding the US President, but I saw a man-child who has always gotten his way impetuously chastising someone for asking questions he did not like.

    It reminds me of Richard Nixon being recorded as wanting to deny press passes to The Washington Post. The similarities between the two are eerie. Keith

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    • I had the same thought … he should not be allowed to do anything until after January 3rd! I fear he is going to do much worse, even, than this. Yes, he reminds me of Nixon, but with even less of a conscience!

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  6. Hi sweet friend …. GM!! I came straight to your blog to see what you were up to. I’m following but not getting notifications of your posting … never fear, I’ll come by!
    On another note, the White House Squatter will get worse … arrgghh!! I’m so sick of him!!

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    • Ahhh … that’s an easy fix! Go to reader, and to the right of ‘followed sites’ there is a button marked ‘manage’. Click on that. Then where it says ‘Search followed sites …’, enter Filosofa, and it should pull up my post. Don’t open the blog, but on the far right, click the button marked ‘settings’, and it will give you notification options to either receive notifications by email, or in WordPress. I’m still puzzled as to why WordPress took it upon itself to ‘unfollow’ me on your behalf, but I mentioned it to David and he says it has happened to him, also. I wonder if there are others who have unfollowed me without realizing it? Sigh. Always something.

      Yes, I am sick of him and am almost certain that over the next two months it will get even worse. We must not give in to the temptation to become inured or complacent to the point that we accept his b.s. as normal.

      Hugs!!!!

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  7. Once we are frightened to answer direct questions it’s a sign we are not listening to our opponents We do not want to hear anything that opposes our view and worst of all we are confident we are right beyond doubt.
    Recently some UK citizens burnt a replica of the Grenfell Tower on a guy fawkes fire , there were cut out figures at the Windows of this cardboard model. Some cried racism and the perpetrators were arrested but others cried freedom of speech and the feud still rages.
    Where is Jim Acosta’s freedom of speech even if he received no answer?

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    • I had not heard about the incident about the Grenfell Towers replica … how terrible! We have the same here … hooded KKK members claiming it is their right to freedom of speech that allows them to march in parades with hoods and carrying torches. And neo-Nazis who say the stiff-armed salute is their right under freedom of speech. I’m a supporter of freedom of speech … but with that right comes responsibility. I seem to be in the minority when I say that responsibility must include respect for others. Sigh. Fortunately, Trump and Sarah Sanders seem to be the only two who aren’t supporting Acosta in this, and they made even bigger fools of themselves today by releasing a video that had been obviously doctored to try to support their claim that Acosta grabbed the intern. It was de-bunked rapidly by experts and they were left with egg on their faces, although I don’t think they realized how foolish they looked.

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      • Strangely Peter Tatchel the human rights campaigner believes they had the right to do this and he sees it as freedom of speech. I have great respect for Mr Tatchel and have to side with him on this one.

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  8. Maybe Yamiche Alcindor could ask this vast number of African Americans what they found so enlightening about Trump that they voted for him. Maybe they’d care to write in so she can count he number of supporting messages she gets. Perhaps April Ryan should ask that question on the programme so hat everybody knows what she tried o ask and what he was afraid of answering. Maybe Mr Acosta should sue the White House and Sarah Sanders for besmirching his reputation when the video shows quite clearly he did not touch the girl.. Maybe he’ll have another question o put to Trump along with the others about why did he deliberately lie when the proof says otherwise. I’m sure the CNN audience will be glad of an answer to both questions.
    Cwtch

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    • I like all of your suggestions … I hope at least a couple are acted upon. I suppose you heard that today (yesterday, now) the White House released a video … the same one I embedded here … only theirs was doctored to make it appear that Acosta had grabbed the intern. It was quickly proven to be a doctored video, but … what integrity, eh? And Trump has the unmitigated gall to call the legitimate press “fake”??? Reporters from most all of the mainstream news agencies are supporting Acosta, which is good, but I still feel this is the most egregious assault on the freedom of the press to date. I’m ready to howl at the moon!
      Cwtch

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  9. Not a good sign at all …. 😦 But at least in our days the press can still show their side of the argument (although I guess some people won’t see/read it or would not believe them). They cannot be quietly put aside without anyone noticing. That is a small consolation. But it still is a depressing sight: the leader of a “free country” resorting to lies on a daily basis. And we are getting used to it. I catch myself not to feel enraged anymore, just shrug and think “Trump again, what were you expecting?”. A lot of danger lies in getting used to things … shifting baselines. – But can one stay in a constant state of enragement??? Sigh.

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    • Definitely not a good sigh, and then today, to add insult to injury, the White House released a ‘doctored’ video that attempted to make it look like Acosta had actually grabbed the intern. Luckily, the members of the press who were there are defending Acosta, making Trump and Sanders look like the dishonest fools they are.

      You hit the nail on the head, though … complacency. We are becoming inured to all the lies, the falsehoods, the lack of any integrity, and it’s becoming easy just to sigh, roll our eyes, and say, “yeah yeah … same ol’, same ol'”. And that is the real danger, which is partly why I keep on ranting and saying “NO … this is NOT NORMAL!” Sigh. We are a rudderless ship.

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