@furymouse:"The president attacking the press is wholly not
American."The press attacking the President of the United States
is what's wholly not American. Especially when he invited them into the
President's house (The White House).Jim Acosta complains that
his 1st Amendment Constitutional rights of freedom of assembly have been
violated. If Acosta wants to freely assemble in the White House at a
presidential briefing, he's welcome if he can peaceably assemble and treat
the US President with respect. Otherwise, he can assemble in the street. In
the first place, everyone needs permission to be in the White House. If you
don't have permission, you'll likely be tossed out. And, the 1st
Amendment only covers peaceable assembly. It the assembly isn't peaceable,
it's not covered.
When Romney ran for president he also had a run in with an activist type
reporter who interrupted him on live TV to correct something he said. Romney
confronted the man later and told him not to do it again. He didnt say the
words, but Romney was basically telling the reporter to act professionally
otherwise he would not be allowed to travel with the Romney campaign. I wish
Romney would have been more forceful at the time.Trump did exactly
what needs to be done. He should tell all journalists upfront that if they dont
act Professionally during the news conferences that they wont be allowed to
attend. Trump responded to Acosta's stupid charges calmly and
even allowed him a second question. At that point his privilege of asking
questions was over. Acosta is not a journalist but as someone else stated he is
more of a political activists and Democratic "heckler" than a
journalist. He is only interested in trying to debate Trump administration
officials. Acosta should not be allowed back in the white house.
Let him work at C N N as an opinion spokesman which is what he has been doing
@Mackenzie from the Bronx: He's stacked his Supreme Court in case any
problems get there. He has the Senate ready to do battle for him. He's put
his own guy in as Attorney General to stop any problems there. And he's
ready for war with the American people. As he said before, he's a fighter.
He will fight to preserve himself regardless of his presumed guilt because if he
can get away with it, he's not guilty.If it wasn't 2018,
most (not all) of these points could be attributed to Billy Clinton. Thanks for
Listen on Youtube to the ENTIRE conversation/interview with Chris Wallace,
respected veteran and award-winning news journalist with FOX and formerly with
NBC. It is a balanced approach and provides some insights and a perspective
that we're not hearing through other sources. It's dated 11/8/18
Funny how nothing Trump does can be right to those opposed to him. On the right
many of us criticized his recent talk about undoing birhtright citizenship with
a mere EO. But nothing he does is right. A few points to counter
what has been posted here. Trump answered questions for well over an hour yet
only had problems with two reporters, the usual gadfly Acosta and the reporter
that immediately followed him who tried to defend Acosta. Acosta ignored the
rules of the press conference. He was given his question and it was answered.
Then he ignored the rules and tried to ask more questions, Trump cut him off.
He persisted and refused to give up the mic.Yet another in his
record of boorish behavior. Removing him was the right thing to do. CNN can
assign a professional journalist to replace him.No it wasn't an
attempt to silence the press or violate the freedom of the press. The room was
full of press who followed the rules they will continue to report on the
whitehouse.What would constitute violating the freedom of the press?
Banning all the press, only answering pre-approved questions or having a
reporter arrested. The latter two were actions of President Obama.
So who is Trump going to use as his foil now? Isn't that why Acosta gets
called on all the time, so Trump and Sanders can abuse CNN and further the
"fake news/enemy of the people" narrative?But I'm glad
Acosta got his credentials revoked. The guy has allowed himself to become the
story far too often. He comes across as an advocate rather than a journalist
and that helps no one. So maybe some time on another beat would be
constructive.As for the press secretary using a doctored video:
History is not going to be kind to Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Liberals, enough of the "Dear Leader" and "this is how liberty
dies" hyperbole...you sound like a bad Star Wars movie. Trump is a
narcissist and doesn't like being pushed. He's absolutely petulant but
he's not excluding the entire press, or heaven forbid, an entire network
like your "Dear Leader" did.I also have to laugh at how
Obama-ists truly believe that Bush was the reason his economy was so bad, and he
is the reason Trump's is so good. I think objective analysis would suggest
it's a little of both but who needs objectivity or truth right? Oh...I see,
truth and objectivity only matter when Trump isn't using them, not when the
increasingly ultraliberal Democratic party is ignoring them.
It's important to remember that Donald Trump doesn't like criticism.
He particularly doesn't like being criticized for his shenanigans and lies.
Even when he knows that he is misrepresenting the truth, as he did with the
"migrant caravan" fear-mongering, he doesn't like having it pointed
out that he vilified these people solely for political purposes and now that the
election is over, the bogus nature of attacks were just that. A lie.There's no more talk about the migrants from Central America.
They've served their purpose in frightening voters in Red states and
maintaining dominance of Republicans in the Senate. That's all Trump
wanted. You can always depend on Trump to bring a gun to a fistfight. He knows
what he's doing, and when it's over, he shrugs his shoulders and says,
"We won, didn't we?"He's stacked his Supreme Court
in case any problems get there. He has the Senate ready to do battle for him.
He's put his own guy in as Attorney General to stop any problems there. And
he's ready for war with the American people. As he said before, he's a
fighter. He will fight to preserve himself regardless of his presumed guilt
because if he can get away with it, he's not guilty.
@Samson01: "...the amazing progress we have seen over the last two years. I
remember the depressive Carter years and what it felt like when Reagan took
office. It was then I climbed out of my socialist stupor and discovered the
beauty of the free market and how all boats are lifted when the tide
rises."In your analogy, Trump and 2017-2018 plays the part of
Geo. H.W. Bush and 1989-1990, two spare years of expansion as the legendary
Reagan boom played itself out.The Reagan expansion -- with the
rising tide lifting all boats -- started in 1982 and ran for the rest of his
2-term Presidency, similar to how Obama's expansion began in 2010 and was
still humming in January 2017 when he handed the economy to Trump.I
think it is great that Trump hasn't screwed up the expansion he was handed
and no one is going to complain about job creation and growth.But it
is not complaining to expect a President to achieve economic growth and
prosperity without breaking the law, self-enrichment, and collusion with our
enemies. Stated another way, Reagan and Obama (and nearly all
Presidents except for Nixon) governed without moonlighting as a criminal. Trump
should be able to as well, right?
"...who is literally destroying our nation..."huh...Seems
like we haven't had it so good for quite a while now. You
really have to overlook a tremendous amount of good positive indicators and
amplify shadows of collusion and offense to make such a statement.Many others have enumerated the amazing progress we have seen over the last
two years. I remember the depressive Carter years and what it felt like when
Reagan took office. It was then I climbed out of my socialist stupor and
discovered the beauty of the free market and how all boats are lifted when the
tide rises. Yes...the wealthy are wealthier but so are the poor. Never in the
history of mankind have so many been lifted out of poverty. Never has literacy
rates been so high. Never have the basics of human need been so available. Well...the tide is rising now if we have the eyes to see it and while
Trump is no Reagan, you have to be willfully blind not to see it.
I get really tired of the "hundreds of miles" argument from the left
concerning the caravan. Tomorrow night I am driving down to St. George. It
will take me 5 hours. It is over 300 miles. Granted that the migrant caravan
is not outfitted as I am with transportation, it is not unreasonable to
postulate that they could be assisted in such a way to arrive in days rather
than weeks. The president's response at the border is, in my opinion,
warranted.Also...Just watched a frame by frame comparison of the
"doctored video versus the raw footage. Not sure why three frames would be
altered as it did not really amplify or detract from the confrontation of the
reporter and the intern. If doctored for effect, it failed in it's
objective. The reporter breached all protocol and should be banned. Yes...The President did act like a child.It is often asked how
supporters of the president can do so in light of his behavior. For me, it is
the outcomes that matter. The means, while rough and unpolished and despite the
unhinged hyperbole expressed, has not violated any rights or laws. Some of you will express your hopeful Russian theories. If he is guilty, I
will stand with you.
"So glad Jim Acosta has been "excused". I grew tired of his rudeness
and overbearing manner long ago. Don't think I am alone."No, I'm afraid the person who wrote that is not alone.It's frightening to realize that there are actually people out there who
think like that.
I saw the interview.I saw professional, polite journalists doing
exactly what journalists are supposed to do.Ask questions. Pointed
questions if necessary. Persist until they get a rational answer.I
saw a man who lies repeatedly, who insults people relentlessly, who is literally
destroying our nation and who needs to exposed for what and who he is by the
only people capable of doing it -- journalists.trump's behavior
throughout the entire day yesterday was unhinged and demonstrated clearly what a
threat he is to democracy and all of us.I was sickened by what I saw
and heard. But I guess we all should be consoled by trump's insistence that
"What you are seeing and hearing isn't really happening."Or should we all be terribly alarmed by that?
It would seem to me that if Donald isn't prepared to answer questions by
the press, he should stick to his safe place rally's where he will never be
questioned or expected to defend his rhetoric and lies, we've never had
such a thin skinned bully as president.
Comrade Gravy -“Here we go again. Some have taken the liberty of
talking "nationalism"on this thread. Claims by the opposition re
President Trump's "nationalism" are distorted and overblown. Can we
just do away with the "fake news"? 🤮Yes. Here we go
again due to the fact the Supreme Leader’s words matter! You may desire
playing semantics regarding the verbiage but the facts are present for everyone
to investigate. Charlottesville was not a time for vagaries. Wasn’t the
time for innuendo or to allow room to be read between the lines. It was a time
to lay blame on white supremacists, on white nationalism and on hatred.
Furthermore. Peaceful protestors DO NOT march holding tourches chanting Nazi
slogans such as ‘Blood and Soil’! You may continue on screaming
“fake news” at on the ongoing nauseating attempts at defending the
indefensible and all matters pertaining to your Supreme Leader. However
“fake news” isn’t so because you disagree comrade. Truly
“fake news”questions the birth origin of President Obama. Spreads
blatant lies re: HRC, Benghazi and the Russian investigation. Sources you
regularly cite as legitimate news. Epic failure! Country before party.
You’re welcome. 😉
@Herbert Gravy: "Please. The President was NOT "attacking" the
press.".True. Trump was simply 'triggered' ... a
phrase so-called 'conservatives' use when a sensitive person hears
something that hurts his feelings, and has an emotional outburst that
thicker-skinned people would not.In this case, Acosta asked about
Trump using video clips of people climbing over a fence in commercials
describing the human caravan as an "invasion" implying it was imminent
when it was still hundreds of miles of foot travel away. Trump
deflected and dodged as long as he could before losing his composure. Poor guy.
It was the right thing to do with Acosta’s suspension. Why would he start
his question off with the Russia investigation when we just finished the midterm
elections? And then Acosta continues to ask questions showing no respect to the
others in the press who waited patiently. Only Pres. Trump has been treated this
bad by the press and he seems to be the only president that takes questions.
Obama would read a statement then walk off, or he chose selected reporters where
he knew their questions beforehand.
Here we go again. Some have taken the liberty of talking about
"nationalist/nationalism"on this thread.When I am on a
commercial flight I am told that adults should put on their oxygen masks first
and then help the children put their's on. If I pass out from lack of
oxygen, I can't help anyone else.Same goes for the United
States. If we are not strong, we cannot help others.Claims by the
opposition re President Trump's "nationalism" are distorted and
overblown. Can we just do away with the "fake news"?🤔
Gravy - Salinas, CA“What? Who stomped his feet? I missed that
part of the news conference. So glad Jim Acosta has been "excused". I
grew tired of his rudeness and overbearing manner long ago. Don't think I
am alone”. 🤮Gravy. Allow me to now include the above
quote regarding the Supreme Leader’s low information sycophants. You
conveniently left out your Supreme Leader verbally attacking Acosta from the
onset. Your frivolous attempts at defending the indefensible are both deplorable
and beyond nauseating. The search for legitimate sources of news should begin
immediately. Country before party comrade! You’re welcome 😉
James Acosta is just another example of a left wing political activist posing as
a journalist: Hence fake news!
@eldPerhaps now he will be known as Jim "accostya"?🤔🤗
@furymousePlease. The President was NOT "attacking" the
press.He was trying to restore order to a press conference that a
couple of out-of-control "journalists" were rudely disrupting.Where was Sarah Sanders when we needed her? Wish she was one
"wresting" the mike from Acosta.🤗
Acosta took up too much time with accusations disguised as questions in order
to mock the president. Total disrespect.
@Thomas JeffersonWhat? Who stomped his feet? I missed that part of
the news conference.So glad Jim Acosta has been "excused".
I grew tired of his rudeness and overbearing manner long ago. Don't think I
@jeclar---RE: "So, are you saying that Trump is the same as
Obama"...---No. You can read what I said. You don't have
to re-word what I actually said to better fit your stereotypes.==RE: "But what we see is Trump defending only parts of the
Constitution, while calling for significant changes, or even claiming he can
override other parts"...---1. What parts of the Constitution has
he made significant changes to?2. What parts of the Constitution did he
override?Please list real things he changed in the Constitution, not
partisan hyperbole.==@LOURE: "Remember when
Obama wanted to ban FOX News? Conservatives went hysterical! Screaming their
out rage"...---In reality all media outlets criticized it (not
just Conservatives). It's the most unified I've seen the press in my
life. They all said this was the wrong thing to do. Even CNN.==RE: "Obama apologized and walked back his comment"...---True. Because even his allies denounced it, and he did walk it
back.==RE: "That was his only one incident of
attacking the free press"...---Nope.He criticized
the press numerous times. Said his greatest regret was the media distorting his
message to the people.
"Stop asking hard questions" followed by the stomping of feet and
pouting. We elected a 'man' unfit for any office./The royal 'we', not me. I have known this man was an ego driven
phony since the late 80's and not a day goes by where I dont wonder how
that isnt obvious to everyone.
Jim Acosta for President!
2 bits,Could we ever have a discussion about whether what President
Trump did was right or wrong without bring President Obama in to the
discussion. If we do need to always reference President Obama to justify Trump
could we at least tell the whole truth. Did President Obama question whether
FOX News was a legitimate news source? Yes. Does Fox News question whether
they themselves are a legitmate news source? Yes The talk about the
"entertainment arm" of Fox News all the time. Did the Obama Treasury
Department threaten to keep FOX News out of a briefing? Yes. Did the rest of
the news media say they crossed a line and they allowed the FOX people in? Yes.
Does that in any way shape or form compare to Trump's
continuous attack on CNN and other's? No. I am pretty sure that most
Republicans know that this President is in a category of his own in terms of
being rude, crude, arrogant and ignorant. I know that is a hard thing to own,
but if you like what he has done say so. If you think that the way he treats
people is ok, then say so.
@furymouseRE: "Trump literally called the press an enemy of the
people. How is that not an attack on the first amendment?"...--It's not an attack on the first amendment because it's just his
opinion. He has the right we all have... to say our opinion. It's his
opinion that the press is crooked. If he thinks that, he can say it. It
doesn't mean we don't have the first amendment, or he's nullified
the Constitution. Get a grip.President Obama called out the press
when he was President too you know. And not just FOX news, the media in
general. Does that mean he nullified the Constitution?No.. he just
criticized them for not helping him get his message out clearly to the American
people. It's not the end of the first amendment! It's just a
President stating his opinion. Whether it's Trump... or it's
Obama.It's only "an attack on the first amendment" to
you because somebody said to call it that... and you picked it up and ran with
it. It's not.==RE Doctored video...--All I know is what I saw on the news this morning (NBC). If NBC is in on
this conspiracy with Trump... then NBC broadcasted fake-news this morning (the
doctored video). Shame on them.
Vermonter - Plymouth, MI---But, no one I know except hard core
leftists think CNN is much better than the tabloids.---Most
'hard core leftists' find all of the current major media outlets to be
'tabloid', or given to printing stories when it no longer matters. The
New York Times, for all the claims of its 'left' leaning, did not
print any major series of article on Trump's New York 'business',
and how many were failures, how he used his army of lawyers to delay court
proceedings till those will shallower pocket gave up. Or the number of
businesses which went bankrupt, leaving minor investors with nothing.And the contribution of the Russians benefiting Trump was almost never
mentioned. What was mentioned was about Hillary and various scandals that have
been whipped up by the Right. And if there wasn't anything to say on those
items, there was always Bill and his scandals.Trump should have had
far more press on his life, business, and personal associations, such as with
Roy Cohn, Joseph McCarthy's counsel during the Red Scare of the 1950s,
from the NYT than any other paper in the world.But there was vast
silence. CNN et al. are just making up for their failure in 2016.
I haven’t heard our President call the press an enemy of the people, but I
have heard him call fake news an enemy of the people. There’s a big
difference. Fake news can come in many forms, including
mischaracterizing what someone says, only reporting one side of a story, failing
to report the good things someone has done, calling innocent statements racist,
and many others. The media often fails to recognize that the
President also has freedom of speech under the first amendment. Having said that, I believe all right thinking people, including President
Trump, strongly support a free press. Conversely, all right thinking people
condemn fake news in any form. Especially when it tries to masquerade as
Carnival Barker, Boberino, Vermonter, NoNames, eldonp, TheRealDJT, 2 bits, ERB,
Kbee. The usual enablers/defenders of the Supreme Leader once again
basking in low information. The President's reaction to tough questions
from Acosta about the Republican campaign and his immigration "invasion"
rhetoric was classic bullying behavior: calling Acosta “rude, terrible
person" shows how rattled Trump is about the results! Trump's decision
to revoke Acosta's pass to the W.H. grounds is an outrageous ramping up of
his campaign against a questioning, robust, free media nothing more! Not only
has Acosta's pass been withdrawn, but he now faces the false claim by S.
Sanders that he "placed his hands" on the female intern. What is
disgraceful is that Sanders insinuated that Acosta has committed some sort of
assault -- when footage of the incident clearly shows the intern placing her
hands on his arm, and not the other way around. Sanders even circulated a
doctored film of the interaction with Acosta's arm movement sped up, to
make it look as though he has karate-chopped her forearm. This is your
President? At least until the impeachment proceedings begin. Country before
2 bits - Cottonwood Heights, UT---@one voteRE: "First
amendment under continuing attack"...---So when you say
"Continuing" attack... are you including when the Obama Admin tried to
ban a whole network from white house press briefings in 2009?---So, are you saying that Trump is the same as Obama, and Trump's claim to
'change things' was just so much hokum.If Trump is a
defender of the Constitution, all of it, each and every Amendment, then in the
same Amendment that is used to justify Freedom of Religion, the Free Press
should be just as defended, even if that Free Press asks tough questions.But what we see is Trump defending only parts of the Constitution that
he and his base 'like', while calling for significant changes, or even
claiming he can override other parts, or in some cases as in the present case,
ignore the Constitution, and bully his way to his goal.
Remember when Obama wanted to ban FOX News because of their twisting of facts,
bold-faced lies, and creating fake news that created divisions?Conservatives went hysterical! Screaming their out rage, wanting to start a
civil war.Obama apologized and walked back his comment.That was his only one incident of attacking the free press.Trump
has made hundreds of attack on our free press and conservatives cheer him on.
Trump would love nothing more than to have full control over the press to censor
and propagandize as he pleases. This is the model of a dictatorship.
@ furry, the president said Acosta and CNN fake news was the enemy of the
people. He did not say as is wrongly alleged in these comments that he has said
the press as a whole is the enemy of the people.One should realize
that a biased propaganda news organization really is the enemy of the people.
Yep, the GOP/Cons is authoritarian ready, just give the word Donald.They are actually defending doctored propaganda video by the Whitehouse as
"real."This is how liberty dies.What's
frightening is when Mueller presents an air tight case, they will ignore reality
for a cult of personality.
The White House altered the video. They cut it, and changed the speed, making a
defensive gesture look like an attack. They said Acosta pushed the
intern. Tried to claim it was an assault. The raw video clearly
shows a defensive gesture, not a shove. The Fake News is coming from
the White House Press Office. Trump followers are ignoring the raw
video in favor if doctored video.
Jim Acosta’s ‘offense’ was persistence. It rankled Trump who
disdains tough questions and reporters who don’t back down. Acosta was
diligently following up on his questions and refused to let go of the microphone
when an intern attempted to forcibly wrest it from his hand. Every member of the
public can judge this incident for themselves.
I wonder if the Desert News is still a member of the free press? Can't say
anything on these blogs to defend CNN. Why is that? They are as free of a
press as this paper is supposed to be.No one should ever allow a
deceitful White House to continue in it's lies. No one.Just
now it was reported that the White House is using a doctored video to show the
CNN reporter pushing the assistant. That did not happen! A really free press
would never allow that to slide.
@one voteRE: "First amendment under continuing attack"...---So when you say "Continuing" attack... are you including when
the Obama Admin tried to ban a whole network from white house press briefings in
2009?Seems like banning a whole network would be worse than one
overly aggressive reporter.Google "When Obama Went to War on Fox
News - Newsweek"...If you forgot this episode of a President trying to
ban a whole network from press briefings.There were also complaints
in 2013 about the exclusion of ALL news organization photographers and
videographers from events the Obama White House called “private”
events (but the Admin released their own photos and videos). A broad press
coalition protested.The "Continuing" attacks on the free
press didn't start in 2016 (as some people pretend).Has it
gotten worse? I don't know. That's subjective. But I think it has,
and I think many in the press are much more hostile towards Trump and his
administration than they were of the previous administration.But we
still have a free press. We still have a Constitution Platypus. Don't go
overboard with the anti-Trump malarkey
Acosta should have been bounced two years ago.
Finally, Trump received a piece of his own pie, right in the face. And deserved
@2bitsTrump literally called the press an enemy of the people. How
is that not an attack on the first amendment? If he said religion is an enemy of
the people, would you consider that to be an attack on the first amendment?Also you should probably actually watch the video of the press
conference where Acosta did no such thing as push the white house intern.
Remember to watch the actual video and not the white house doctored one.
Not all reporters at press conferences get to ask a question, at any press
conference. Almost always, they get to ask one question, unless they begin
saying they have a question and a follow up. Acosta thought this was his press
conference. Question after question. Obama was never "Acosted" like
this. I was amazed Trump held his cool as much as he did. That's why half
this country appreciates his candor. Obama lied about being able to keep our
doctor, and saving $2500 a year on health care with Obamacare, knowing rates
were about to go through the roof. Yet, Obama got a pass from the MSM. No wonder
their ratings are down at all MSM outlets. No one trusts them to be neutral. At
least Fox is honest about being conservative.
I fully applaud taking away Acosta's pass. Acosta can mudsling
all he wants outside of the conference. But this was not his press conference;
it was the President's. Reporters are there at the invitation of the
President and need to remember to conduct themselves well.
I agree with all the Trump supporters on here.We *must* protect our
Dear Leader from any difficult questioning. He's too precious to put under
pressure from the people. We must support our political class when
they're in power, just like the Founders intended.Take Fox News, for
instance, which is always lending undying support to our poor, embattled Leader.
They are most certainly not fake news. They are double-plus truthful.
I don’t know about Acosta’s work outside the whitehouse press corps,
but I have watched many of the White House press conferences. To me Acosta comes
across as an arrogant grandstanding left wing activist who cares nothing about
asking questions, but only wants to make political statements along the lines of
radical Democratic talking points. He also tries to monopolize the time that his
colleagues should share equally. CNN should have reassigned him long ago and
saved themselves the embarrassment of the debacle he caused.
RE: "The president attacking the press is wholly not American",,,---This was not an instance of Trump attacking the Press. This is an
instance of one reporter attacking the President.Get a grip
furymouse. Trump hasn't ended the free press. He just suspended one
reporter who got out of hand in a white house press conference (Presidential
press conferences deserves a modicum of decorum, not the in-your-face
shenanigans Costa was trying), Costa was got way out of line by placing his
hands an that aid doing her job IMO.In these press conferences you
get one question. Not as many as you want. He's no different than anybody
else in those press conferences, they all know the rules.I think
there should be consequences for Costa's actions. Not because he refused
to give up the mic after his question (which is decorum in these press
conferences). But because he pushed the young woman trying to do her job and
help the President in the chest.Is it just Trump? No.Google "De Blasio lets security haul away Post reporter for asking
question (journalism dot org)"...There should be consequences
when a reporter disregards decorum and shoves a Present's aid.
Hard to tell who the adult is in the room but then I recall to mind the quote
from a movie where a reporter was having a dialogue with a man who was the
President. I'm paraphrasing but the president said..."I remember the
time when before you were a reporter you were human."
I just read the most recent Harvard CAPS Harris Poll available on their web
site, October 1, 2018, and found no mention of fake news. I then read the
results of all the polls from this year and found no mention of fake news. You
must have access not enjoyed by mere mortals.
Two years ago, Americans were stunned enough by the irony of this sort of
behavior that there'd be commentary pointing out the obvious disconnect
between the Leader of the Free World insisting that he was feeling quite
accomplished and confident, while simultaneously engaging in the most insecure,
petty behavior, of the sort we typically see from someone who is scared and
powerless.Think about it. Jim Acosta? That guy? If ever asked a
question we did not like, most of the commenters here at DN could effectively
redirect Acosta and put him in his place with a few calm, choice words, likely
enough to make the room laugh and him blush. But Trump is several
rungs below the average DN commenter in some obvious ways, and two years down
the road now it is beating a dead horse to point out his are not the actions of
a capable, competent, mature leader. Oh well. Are there loyal followers who
insist otherwise? Sure. But not enough of a critical mass to pose a threat to
the country, and their white-knuckle insistence that Trump is a consequential
POTUS have been repeated without substance so often to become less and less
persuasive. Especially after events like yesterday.
Acosta should not be allowed back until he acknowledges his behavior and
question were out of line and he apologizes to the intern.
@ThidThe White House released a doctored video of the press conference. Do
you consider this to be spreading fake news?
I watched the news conference. President Trump was very conciliatory and
expressed a desire for bipartisan effort in governance. Acosta's grossly
overbearing posture was a stark contrast and exhibited no regard for anybody
else. Acosta showed that he was no friend to conciliation nor civility in this
country. A black eye for the media. The president indicated he would not
terminate the Mueller investigation, even though that would be within his legal
right, noting also the Mueller investigation had not come up with anything
concerning charges of collusion with Russia and/or obstruction. Incidentally,
the news reported some time ago that Mueller was going to release a report after
the midterm elections. I hope he meant soon after.
Whether or not Trump appreciates the consequences, impetuously revoking the
White House press pass adds immeasurably to the stature of both Jim Acosta and
(2 of 2)By giving CNN "all" the attention they want in a
world-wide press conference, CNN and Acosta in particular, would certainly begin
to feel quite uncomfortable as they receive exactly what they want: attention.
It's like a whining, spoiled child who demands you cater to them and ONLY
them and when, in the presence of their peers, they start to feel ashamed of
themselves as everyone else in the room starts to look at the drama queen in the
middle of the room who sucks up all the attention and energy. We've all
been in this same situation at one time or another. How long was it before you
started looking at the 'princess' in the middle of the room and
thought to yourself, "What a (insert negative word here!)".Acosta may want answers but he doesn't want to look like a heel in the
presence of all his peers when he gets them.
(1 of 2) Acosta was out of line. He asked his question, got an
answer but then refused to be quiet. Should there be a free press? Of course.
Should the free press act with civility? Yes, however, with Trump they
aren't doing it.If I were Trump here's what I would
now:I would hold another press conference and I would put CNN/Acosta
in the middle of the front row. I would open it up for questions. I would then
choose Acosta to ask a question. I'd answer it. Then I'd ask for
more questions. Then I would choose Acosta again. I'd do this over and
over and over again. Each time saying "Yes, Jim Acosta from CNN, what is
your question?" I would answer CNN's questions and ONLY CNN's
questions. I would be polite, civil and clear in my answers. I would go out of
my way to ignore every single reporter in the room except CNN / Acosts and I
would literally tell every other person in the room, "You see, you guys
don't matter. Only CNN matters, at least that's what they want
everyone to believe."
According to data from the latest Harvard-Harris poll, 65 percent of voters
believe there is a lot of fake news in the mainstream media. Those who saw
Acosta's actions at the press conference understand why its called
"fake news". He should have been kicked out, not so much by President
Trump, but by his colleagues (honest journalists)! They need to police
themselves for their own integrity! In other words, Acosta is costing (no pun
intended) the integrity of the entire profession and the polls prove it!
First amendment under continuing attack.
From what I saw of the exchange and read about it, it would seem that the
punishment is warranted. The guy was trying to wrestle with a female White
House official. The guy seems like he just wants attention in order to get his
name plastered all over. Well it has worked everyone knows Acosta as a heckler,
not even a real reporter.
I watched this exchange. The President is entirely within his right to ban this
man from further news conferences! These events are intended to inform us, the
American people, not to have someone in the press grandstand, bully his way, and
try to take over the discourse from the President of the United States, no
matter who he is! It's called decency and common respect! As invited press
corp, they can be "dis-invited" as well.God bless America
and our great President!
I hadn't seen CNN for several years until last week when I watched them to
get their take on the upcoming elections.I was extremely shocked at
the editorial license they took with Trump's own words. Several times I
guessed that they had misquoted him, since they didn't ever run the actual
footage of him talking.I switched to Fox, and saw what he ACTUALLY
said regarding the subject, and it wasn't anywhere close to what CNN had
said.CNN's hatred of all things Trump (and most things
Republican)have made them a useless source of actual news!The
democratic national committee REALLY should be paying their expenses.
@ThidAs a Trump surrogate, please justify Trump's inexplicable
response to Yamiche Alcindor who asked a completely legitimate question and
received a caustic, finger-pointing response. With apologies to Shakespeare,
"Me thinks the president doth protest too much."
When the White House releases a video doctored by InfoWars to manipulate the
minds of Americans, you know the country is going down the loo.
From most of the comments I'd say the new conservatives are authoritarian
ready, and will embrace the dear leaders new constitution.
Anyone rational watching the news conference should now understand the contempt
held for the media by the public. Disgraceful behavior toward the elected
leader of the country is not what should be happening in a press conference.
The job of the media is to elicit information for the benefit of the public -
not to be confrontational, rude, and disrespectful, like CNN's people. My
opinion is the WH should pull more press passes until civility on the part of
the media returns. Biased journalism IS the enemy of the people. Acosta is the
How will Dear Leader react when a REAL crisis hits? A 9/11? A Murrah federal
building? A Korean War? A Pearl Harbor? You know, things a REAL
President has to deal with? Instead of being tickled at a journalist.We’ve been so lucky The Nationalist hasn’t really been tested yet.
Based on his performance, so far, and the fact he has fired all the adults in
the White House, it gives me the cold sweats.
logical - Meridian, ID; "Trump missed an opportunity there."He could have told the TRUTH!"Yes I am nationalist, I am
pro-Russian. I put America's wealthy first and all my family's wealth
regardless of all the talk. Our unemployment is the lowest it has been in 50
years and the lowest for all communities in America because of Obama's
policies not mine. Yes I put Russia first because I lost trade for our farmers
that Russian farmers greatly appreciate."
"Frozen Fractals Just a distraction from firing Sessions as phase one of
trying to get rid of the Mueller investigation"And it can't
happen fast enough, in order to put a stop to this idiotic, partisan
I think Acosta and many other news media reporter need to start asking better
questions. The questions are not to inform, but meant to inflame. You can
watch as other reporters ask intelligent questions. Acosta could take some
lessons in reporting. He really sets a bad example for reporters.
I felt like I was watching socially awkward rocky balboa (Trump) trying to keep
his cool and dodge questions ( punches) while a bully and rude popular boy (
Acosta) tried to throw punches. No respect at all. The professional unbiased
journalist was not to be seen ..only a bully with a completely liberal agenda
driven by frustration. I actually felt sorry for our president because I feel
his awkwardness and his desire to help Americans but he does not fit in the
popular boy’s crowd. (Liberalism and Hollywood) Trump is socially rough
... unpolished. But he is business savy and smart. The media claims he is the
bully. I say he’s fighting back against liberal policies for all
Americans who feel bullied. But he truly is unpolished and even awkward.
He’s not a polished career politician like Mitt Romney.
Trump missed an opportunity there. "Yes I am nationalist, I am
pro-American. I put American's first, all Americans regardless of all this
racist talk. That is why our unemployment is the lowest it has been in 50 years
and the lowest for all communities in America. Yes I put American's
Just a distraction from firing Sessions as phase one of trying to get rid of the
I’m no trump apologist, but today was excellent political theater. I
laughed out loud at the exchange.Folks, it’s all theater. And
trump just so happens to be a new style we haven’t seen before.On a serious note....As soon as Americans realize that EVERY
president, regardless of political party is a threat to the American Republic,
the sooner we can go along and actually fix things instead of fight for power
and control over other people.
The irony meter is off the charts given Hannity and Fox News large involvement
in Trumps last campaign.
Donald Trump is showing us, once again, that he'll keep America safe from
the menace of journalism. We no longer need to fear the possibility that
someone will ask a hard question, or point out the lack of a convincing answer!
So great to have a President willing to stand up to the socialist propaganda
machine! Acosta got exactly what he has deserved for a long time. He is
not a journalist; he is just a propaganda mouthpiece.
To accost: to approach and address (someone) boldly or aggressively. Jim
can't help it, he was born an "accostuh."One time when
words are used precisely.
@LOU Montana: "Thid, FOX News attacked Obama every day."Is
this a concession that CNN is attacking Trump rather than honestly reporting
news?Is it attempting to justify bad behavior from CNN because Fox
News does likewise?Since your side frequently attacks Fox as
"Faux News" does your response tacitly admit that CNN is, actually
"Fake News" as Trump often accuses?"Whataboutism" is
every bit as invalid when you point to Trump as you claim it is when the right
points to Hillary.Put another way, incivility will not end so long
as we justify bad conduct on our side because of bad conduct on the other
side.I'm the first to admit that Trump is the least
"presidential" acting president in my lifetime. And at the same time,
several members of the White House Press Corp act a lot more like Tabloid gotcha
authors than they do members of the presidential press corp.It is
time for the media to start behaving as impartial, honest reporters and a lot
less like partisan activists. Trump may always be a poorly spoken boor. That
doesn't justify the media dragging the 4th estate down to his level.Let the media set the example of the high civility they so often demand
of one party.
Thid, FOX News attacked Obama every day. Enough of the Trump
pitying. Trump lied about Democrat's positions on immigration,
law enforcement, and military. He did this to purely create divisions and the
reporters have a right to confront him on the behalf of the American people.In Trump's own words, "Sit down!"
Trump was absolutely unhinged in that press conference. The president attacking
the press is wholly not American.
It seems like CNN has told Acosta and Ryan to get I Trump’s face. I
imagine they are hoping it will get them ratings. It does work to a
degree for Acosta. A lot of Americans know who he is. But, he is more of a
heckler, than a reporter. Hecklers are used by tabloids to create news, rather
than report it. CNN stills postures as a serious news outlet. But, no one I know
except hard core leftists think CNN is much better than the tabloids.
Trump triumphs again.
I saw the news conference and most reporters were polite and asked good
questions. However, CNN's extremely rude, very unprofessional, obnoxious
and contentious James Acosta should have been thrown out of the room! It
explains why CNN's ratings plunged 30 percent recently.