She touched him: Jim Acosta row engulfs social media

\She touched him\: Jim Acosta row engulfs social media

White House suspends credentials for CNNs Jim Acosta

Jim Acostas hard pass, which gives continuous access to the White House for press events, was revoked after he challenged Trumps description of a caravan of migrants moving towards the southern border of the USA, which had been a significant feature of the presidents mid-term election campaign speeches. Acosta has been CNNs chief White House correspondent since January of this year.

After Acosta was stripped of his accreditation, the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, accused him of touching a member of staff, saying: We will … never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.

For its part, CNN was unequivocal about what happened, stating: Press Secretary Sarah Sanders lied. She provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened.

“I love our country. I do. You have nationalists. You have globalists. I also love the world. And I dont mind helping the world, but we have to straighten out our country first,” Trump added. “We have a lot of problems. But to say that, what you say is so insulting to me. Its a very terrible thing that you said.”

Social media users have spent hours analysing footage of the encounter in excruciating detail in an attempt to establish the exact sequence of events.

Trump also sparred with CNN reporter Jim Acosta after he asked the president about immigration and other issues, referring to him as the “enemy of the people.” The president told Acosta that CNN should be ashamed to have him in its employ.

A widely shared, slowed-down version of the incident made by Sarah Burris, the digital editor of the left-leaning political blog Raw Story, is annotated with red circles to show the points of contact, which she said showed the female staff member touching Acosta four times in the process of trying to retrieve the microphone.

PBS correspondent Yamiche Alcindor asked if Trumps recent embrace of the term “nationalist” could be seen as encouraging to far-right groups. Trump responded, “Thats such a racist question … Let me tell you, its a racist question.”

Sarah Burris has annotated the clip to show points of contact in a widely-shared twitter video. Photograph: Twitter/Sarah Burris But for Trump supporters, something very different took place. The US conspiracy theorist website Infowars claimed Acosta clearly uses his left arm to physically resist/restrain the woman, while its contributor Paul Joseph Watson, recently adopted by Ukip, alleged that Acosta overpowered her.

At another point during Wednesdays press conference, Trump warned Democrats against opening new investigations into his administration now that they have control of the House of Representatives.

Video: White House Suspends CNN Journalists Pass After Clash With Trump

Sanders later tweeted from the @PressSec account a video edit of the incident, which zoomed in and magnified the movements of Acostas left arm.

Trump accused a black reporter of asking a “racist” question when she inquired as to whether he thought his rhetoric had emboldened white supremacists.

The source of the video used by Sanders appeared to be Infowars, and there were claims online that the clip had been manipulated in order to make his actions seem more dramatic.

From a forgiving perspective, the footage is a prime example of two political factions seeing what they want to see, perhaps twisting the evidence to better fit their viewpoint (“So the Acosta thing is turning into the ideological partisan version of the blue and black dress,” Commentary’s John Podhoretz joked). But the implications of the White House’s Orwellian ruling are much more alarming. Even before the midterms, the administration had a habit of stretching the truth to the breaking point, once attempting to convince a cadre of reporters that the sun was not, in fact, in the sky. After Tuesday’s electoral defeats, Trump’s sense that his back is against the wall only seems to have increased, with a source telling my colleague Gabriel Sherman that he is “very upset” and “very depressed.” What comes of this foul mood? For one, the immediate firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which has widely been read as an attack on Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. For another, a prolonged smear campaign against one of Trump’s least favorite reporters, whom he seemingly delights in sparring against. And as the spin machine dials up, it pushes the factions of the country further and further apart. “What is the point. Seriously,” asked columnist Dan Hodges. “What are we all doing here. If we can’t actually agree on the evidence of our own eyes, what is the point of even attempting to engage.”

We stand by our decision to revoke this individuals hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video. pic.twitter.com/T8X1Ng912y

From a forgiving perspective, the footage is a prime example of two political factions seeing what they want to see, perhaps twisting the evidence to better fit their viewpoint (“So the Acosta thing is turning into the ideological partisan version of the blue and black dress,” Commentary’s John Podhoretz joked). But the implications of the White House’s Orwellian ruling are much more alarming. Even before the midterms, the administration had a habit of stretching the truth to the breaking point, once attempting to convince a cadre of reporters that the sun was not, in fact, in the sky. After Tuesday’s electoral defeats, Trump’s sense that his back is against the wall only seems to have increased, with a source telling my colleague Gabriel Sherman that he is “very upset” and “very depressed.” What comes of this foul mood? For one, the immediate firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which has widely been read as an attack on Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. For another, a prolonged smear campaign against one of Trump’s least favorite reporters, whom he seemingly delights in sparring against. And as the spin machine dials up, it pushes the factions of the country further and further apart. “What is the point. Seriously,” asked columnist Dan Hodges. “What are we all doing here. If we can’t actually agree on the evidence of our own eyes, what is the point of even attempting to engage.”

Video: Diamond & Silk: CNNs Jim Acosta is the enemy of the people

Aymann Ismail, a Twitter user, published a side-by-side comparison of clips from different sources, which suggested varying the speed of the video had created the illusion that Acosta moved his arm more rapidly and aggressively against the intern than when played in real time.

Further analysis: video is absolutely doctored. You can see the edit when the clips are side by side and slowed down to quarter speed. See for yourself: pic.twitter.com/4ZZrzhislg

Earlier this week, completely out of nowhere and unrelated to the midterm elections at all, reports began to surface that Donald Trump—who on Monday was ready to slap tariffs on every single Chinese import—had suddenly reached some kind of breakthrough with Beijing. On Thursday, the president tweeted that hed had a long and very good conversation with President Xi Jinping, with a heavy emphasis on trade, and indicated things were moving along nicely. Later that night, articles appeared claiming Trump wants to reach an agreement on trade with Xi when they meet at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina, and that hed asked key U.S. officials to begin drafting potential terms, according to four people familiar with the matter, and on Friday, the South China Morning Post reported that Trump had changed his travel plans to accomodate a meeting plus dinner with Xi, a sign, according to one source, that he was keen to reach a deal. All of this would obviously be very good, nay, great news given that markets are increasingly worried about a full-blown trade war and that, so far, the outcome of Trumps tariffs-spree has involved layoffs for American workers, U.S. companies shifting production abroad, bailout-necessitating losses for farmers in Trump country, and the potential for thousands of new jobs in China.

A Trump press conference being analysed as heavily as the Zapruder footage seems to be a natural conclusion of the escalating attempts to win online battles in the fight that the US president has picked with the press.

Vice President Mike Pence issued a statement condemning the attacks and thanking the Secret Service, which Trump later quote-tweeted, adding, I agree wholeheartedly! Among his supporters on the right, however, suspicion quickly turned to whether the bombs were a false flag, or an attempt by the left to smear Republicans ahead of the midterms. Investigators need to look at the left, right, center, and non-political, Cardillo wrote on Twitter, after deleting his initial post. However, strategically speaking, there is no political upside for the right here. Jack Posobiec, a right-wing commentator who previously pushed the Pizzagate hoax, urged both sides to dial down the rhetoric—Its not funny, and you arent edgy. Take the pledge to always support peace—before wondering, an hour later, How did they get all the bombs to arrive at the same time? The answers bubbling up from the MAGA fever swamps, in this case, ranged from PSYOPS to #Alinskytactics to a mainstream-media hoax. They had it all with them all along. When their synchronized alarms beeped? It was time to call the authorities, suggested one of Posobiecs followers. (The Soros package and the CNN package were both delivered by hand, and were packaged to appear as if they were sent through the mail.)

White House Expels CNNs Jim Acosta After Accusing Him Of Assaulting Intern

Speculation also surrounded the identity of the young woman who attempted to take the microphone from Acosta. Described as an intern by Sarah Sanders, social media users have suggested that the woman was White House Deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters

Donald Trumps election has created a mass audience for this model, as Pod Save America has proved. Hundreds and even thousands of aggrieved liberals routinely pack theaters across the country for live recordings of the hit podcast series hosted by Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor, helping to generate millions in revenue for their company, Crooked Media. Whether similarly enthusiastic crowds will turn up for the Clintons remains to be seen. Bills legacy turned sour after #MeToo forced a re-examination of his history of inappropriate sexual relations, made worse by his own sputtering defenses. (This was litigated 20 years ago. . . . Two-thirds of the American people sided with me, he vented to an NBC reporter in June, while acknowledging that he had never personally apologized to Monica Lewinsky.) Hillarys has likewise suffered following reports that she covered for a campaign staffer accused of repeated sexual harassment. Her memoir, What Happened, was generally well-received but also highlighted many of her blind spots regarding the Trump phenomenon. Unlike her husband, Hillarys attempts to transition from politician back to human have proceeded with fits and starts. The muscle memory one builds from so many years in the media spotlight is hard to unclench.

Jim Acosta receives messages of support after Donald Trump bans CNN journalist from White House briefings

Meanwhile, Acostas own recording of him being refused access to the White House has been viewed more than 1m times.

Hours later, the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said in a statement: President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration. We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern. This conduct is absolutely unacceptable. It is also completely disrespectful to the reporters colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question … As a result of todays incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice.

The US Secret Service just asked for my credential to enter the WH. As I told the officer, I dont blame him. I know hes just doing his job. (Sorry this video is not rightside up) pic.twitter.com/juQeuj3B9R

JK Rowlings tweet about the Jim Acosta video has perfectly summed up everyones thoughts

A White House intern tried to take the microphone from the CNN journalist Jim Acosta during a press conference on Wednesday. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The White House is accused of using a video of CNNs Jim Acosta doctored by the conspiracy-theory outlet Infowars as justification for suspending the journalists press pass on Wednesday.

Appearing on CNN on Tuesday night, Acosta said he had first become aware of a problem when security stopped him from entering the White House grounds. It was a pretty surreal experience being barred from doing his job because he tried to ask a question of the president, he said.

Video: President Trump – Jim Acosta press conference

Acosta, the chief White House correspondent for CNN, was engaged in a tense exchange with President Donald Trump during a press conference at the White House when a White House intern walked up and tried to take the microphone away from him. Acosta held on to the microphone and kept trying to question Trump.

When Trump tried to brush him off, Acosta refused to surrender a microphone provided by the White House, while trying to ask Trump another question. A female staffer tried to take it from him and Acosta held on. Trump went on to call the reporter a rude, terrible person.

Read more: The moment a White House intern confronted CNN correspondent Jim Acosta during a tense exchange with Trump, in 3 photos

Trump @PressSec confirms that White House has suspended the hard pass of a reporter because it doesnt like the way he does his job. This is something Ive never seen since I started covering the White House in 1996. Other presidents did not fear tough questioning.

Acosta was holding the microphone in his right hand. At one point, the intern reached under Acostas left arm to try to grab the microphone, and he appeared to gently block her with his arm. Here is the moment as broadcast live on NBC:

Acostas defenders urged people to look at video of the interaction, saying it proves White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was incorrect to say he placed his hands on the female intern; the video shows the intern reaching for the mic and Acostas left hand pushing her left arm down as he grips it

BREAKING: President Trump, CNN Correspondent Jim Acosta and @NBCNews Correspondent @PeterAlexander engage in tense exchanges in post-election news conference. pic.twitter.com/WUlXemGn7y

In a Fox & Friends interview, Conway described it as a rough moment for the young aide and cast Acosta as a chauvinist villain for stopping the young woman from taking the microphone back once President Donald Trump said he was finished answering the reporters questions.

A video shared on Twitter by the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, makes Acostas movement appear more violent.

We stand by our decision to revoke this individuals hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video. pic.twitter.com/T8X1Ng912y

Kellyanne Conway said Thursday morning that the White House was right to cancel CNN correspondent Jim Acostas press credentials on Wednesday, casting his tense but momentary physical contact with a White House intern as a male-on-female threat.

What appears to be the same video was shared two hours earlier by Paul Joseph Watson, the editor-at-large of Infowars.com, a far-right conspiracy outlet whose content has been barred from almost every major tech content distributor, including Apple, Facebook, Spotify, and YouTube, generally for violating their policies on hate speech.

Acosta found himself without access to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue following a contentious press conference that included a heated shouting match with Trump and a near-tussle over the White Houses microphone as he pushed the interns arm away.

“He never once touched her.”That is a complete lie. He clearly did.Is whatever youre paid by CNN really worth making a total fool out of yourself for the world to see? pic.twitter.com/vgDynDQWJf

The reporter from NBC was already standing, getting ready to ask his question, and she was just doing her job, which was to reclaim the microphone that belongs to the federal government, Conway said.

The CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter asked Sanders for the source of the video. “Surely you dont trust InfoWars…?” he said on Twitter.

CNNs Brian Stelter took to Twitter questioning Sanders source for the video, pressing Whered you obtain the distorted @Acosta video you posted? InfoWars personality @PrisonPlanet (Paul Joseph Watsons account) posted the same video two hours before you did. Surely you dont trust InfoWars…? 

Question for @PressSec: Whered you obtain the distorted @Acosta video you posted? InfoWars personality @PrisonPlanet posted the same video two hours before you did. Surely you dont trust InfoWars…?

The apparently altered version of C-Spans broadcast that was shared by the White House Press Secretary originally appeared on Info Wars Paul Joseph Watsons Twitter account. InfoWars is an alt-right conspiracy theorist website and radio show.

Other Twitter users showed Sanders video side-by-side with the original broadcast to argue the one she posted had been doctored.

Further analysis: video is absolutely doctored. You can see the edit when the clips are side by side and slowed down to quarter speed. See for yourself: pic.twitter.com/4ZZrzhislg

“The question is: did the reporter make contact or not?” Sanders said in a statement distributed to reporters. “The video is clear, he did. We stand by our statement.”

Donald Trump BANS CNN reporter Jim Acosta from White House for grabbing intern after row with President at p

The White House suspended Acostas press credentials after the press conference, limiting his access to the White House grounds. Sanders said on Twitter that the White House would “never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern,” though no video evidence has so far supported that claim.

Acosta told CNNs Anderson Cooper on Wednesday that he did not “put my hands on her or touch her as theyre alleging.”

“Its unfortunate the White House is saying this,” he said. “I think I handled myself professionally.”

At the press conference, Acosta had been repeatedly challenging the presidents characterization of a Central American migrant caravan as an invasion.

Sit down. You are very rude. You are FAKE NEWS: Trump has shouting match with CNNs Jim Acosta

The White House Correspondents Association condemned the suspension of Acostas credentials, saying the White House should “immediately reverse this weak and misguided action.”

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