White House suspends CNN's Acosta after Trump confrontation

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  • wrz Springville, UT
    Nov. 13, 2018 7:39 p.m.

    "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.

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    Nov. 10, 2018 10:38 p.m.

    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 anyway.

  • Oh, please! Saint George, UT
    Nov. 9, 2018 10:51 a.m.

    @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 the laugh!

  • Oh, please! Saint George, UT
    Nov. 9, 2018 10:25 a.m.

    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 4:50 long

  • Zabilde Riverdale, UT
    Nov. 9, 2018 6:30 a.m.

    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.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    Nov. 9, 2018 4:50 a.m.

    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.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 10:27 p.m.

    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.

  • Mackenzie Iwamoto Bronx, NY
    Nov. 8, 2018 8:07 p.m.

    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.

  • Daedalus, Stephen ARVADA, CO
    Nov. 8, 2018 7:49 p.m.

    @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?

  • Samson01 S. Jordan, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 5:35 p.m.

    "...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.

  • Samson01 S. Jordan, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 5:23 p.m.

    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.

  • one old man MSC, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 4:27 p.m.

    "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.

  • one old man MSC, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 4:23 p.m.

    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?

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 2:03 p.m.

    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.

  • Lib on Planet Zion Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 1:44 p.m.

    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. 😉

  • Daedalus, Stephen ARVADA, CO
    Nov. 8, 2018 1:32 p.m.

    @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.

  • West Jordanians of Utah WEST JORDAN, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 1:05 p.m.

    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.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Nov. 8, 2018 12:44 p.m.

    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"?


  • Liberal On Planet Zion SLC, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 12:39 p.m.

    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 😉

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Nov. 8, 2018 12:22 p.m.

    James Acosta is just another example of a left wing political activist posing as a journalist: Hence fake news!

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Nov. 8, 2018 12:19 p.m.


    Perhaps now he will be known as Jim "accostya"?


  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Nov. 8, 2018 12:16 p.m.


    Please. 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.


  • worf McAllen, TX
    Nov. 8, 2018 12:14 p.m.

    Acosta took up too much time with accusations disguised as questions in order to mock the president. Total disrespect.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Nov. 8, 2018 12:11 p.m.

    @Thomas Jefferson

    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.


  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 12:07 p.m.

    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.


    RE: "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"...

    He criticized the press numerous times. Said his greatest regret was the media distorting his message to the people.

  • Thomas Jefferson Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 11:53 a.m.

    "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.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Nov. 8, 2018 11:50 a.m.

    Jim Acosta for President!

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 8, 2018 11:36 a.m.

    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.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 11:28 a.m.

    RE: "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.

  • jeclar2006 Oceanside, CA
    Nov. 8, 2018 11:21 a.m.

    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.

  • cowshed Provo, Utah
    Nov. 8, 2018 11:14 a.m.

    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 unbiased news.

  • Liberal On Planet Zion SLC, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 11:14 a.m.

    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 party comrades!

  • jeclar2006 Oceanside, CA
    Nov. 8, 2018 11:10 a.m.

    2 bits - Cottonwood Heights, UT
    @one vote
    RE: "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.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Nov. 8, 2018 10:54 a.m.

    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.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 10:42 a.m.

    @ 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.

  • Prometheus Platypus Orem, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 10:34 a.m.

    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.

  • GingerMarshall Brooklyn, OH
    Nov. 8, 2018 10:14 a.m.

    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.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Nov. 8, 2018 10:05 a.m.

    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.

  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 9:59 a.m.

    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.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 9:59 a.m.

    @one vote
    RE: "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

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 9:54 a.m.

    Acosta should have been bounced two years ago.

  • dordrecht Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 9:47 a.m.

    Finally, Trump received a piece of his own pie, right in the face. And deserved it

  • furymouse Draper, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 9:42 a.m.


    Trump 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.

  • ERB Eagle Mountain, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 9:26 a.m.

    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.

  • zipadeedoodah Lehi, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 9:20 a.m.

    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.

  • Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 9:15 a.m.

    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.

  • cowshed Provo, Utah
    Nov. 8, 2018 9:09 a.m.

    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.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 9:06 a.m.

    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.

  • fatherof7 Hurricane, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 9:01 a.m.

    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."

  • reriding Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 8:57 a.m.

    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.

  • Daedalus, Stephen ARVADA, CO
    Nov. 8, 2018 8:44 a.m.

    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.

  • Boberino Farmington, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 8:38 a.m.

    Acosta should not be allowed back until he acknowledges his behavior and question were out of line and he apologizes to the intern.

  • furymouse Draper, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 8:30 a.m.

    The White House released a doctored video of the press conference. Do you consider this to be spreading fake news?

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 8:30 a.m.

    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.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Nov. 8, 2018 8:27 a.m.

    Whether or not Trump appreciates the consequences, impetuously revoking the White House press pass adds immeasurably to the stature of both Jim Acosta and CNN.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Nov. 8, 2018 8:20 a.m.

    (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.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Nov. 8, 2018 8:13 a.m.

    (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."

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Nov. 8, 2018 8:13 a.m.

    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!

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 8:10 a.m.

    Absolutely justified.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 7:52 a.m.

    First amendment under continuing attack.

  • ConservativeUtahisBest Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 7:32 a.m.

    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.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 7:30 a.m.

    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!

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 7:22 a.m.

    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.

  • military mom Herriman, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 7:10 a.m.


    As 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."

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 7:08 a.m.

    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.

  • Prometheus Platypus Orem, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 6:58 a.m.

    From most of the comments I'd say the new conservatives are authoritarian ready, and will embrace the dear leaders new constitution.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    Nov. 8, 2018 6:35 a.m.

    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 poster boy.

  • The Great Helmsman Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 6:31 a.m.

    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.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Nov. 8, 2018 5:47 a.m.

    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."

  • blarsen BOUNTIFUL, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 12:10 a.m.

    "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 witch-hunt/fishing expedition.

  • Reader777 Mapleton, 84664
    Nov. 7, 2018 11:32 p.m.

    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.

  • kbee Syracuse, UT
    Nov. 7, 2018 11:03 p.m.

    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.

  • logical Meridian, ID
    Nov. 7, 2018 10:17 p.m.

    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 first."

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 7, 2018 9:50 p.m.

    Just a distraction from firing Sessions as phase one of trying to get rid of the Mueller investigation.

  • SorryNotSorry Draper, UT
    Nov. 7, 2018 9:38 p.m.

    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.

  • hobblecreek CA, 00
    Nov. 7, 2018 9:21 p.m.

    The irony meter is off the charts given Hannity and Fox News large involvement in Trumps last campaign.

  • SAS Sandy, UT
    Nov. 7, 2018 9:18 p.m.

    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!

  • TheRealDJT Sandy, UT
    Nov. 7, 2018 9:17 p.m.

    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.

  • eldonp Parowan, UT
    Nov. 7, 2018 9:13 p.m.

    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.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Nov. 7, 2018 8:19 p.m.

    @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.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Nov. 7, 2018 7:48 p.m.

    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!"

  • furymouse Draper, UT
    Nov. 7, 2018 7:01 p.m.

    Trump was absolutely unhinged in that press conference. The president attacking the press is wholly not American.

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    Nov. 7, 2018 6:55 p.m.

    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.

  • Boberino Farmington, UT
    Nov. 7, 2018 5:13 p.m.

    Trump triumphs again.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Nov. 7, 2018 4:58 p.m.

    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.