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The Media’s Blatant Hypocrisy in Defending Jim Acosta

Remember during the campaign when Trump’s campaign manager was accused of assaulting a female reporter as he pushed through media lines to get Trump out of the room? Many in the media howled for his immediate arrest.

Funny how things change. After CNN reporter Jim Acosta forcefully blocked a White House intern doing her job of taking away his microphone after a nasty spat with the president, the media have mostly defended him. Never mind that he laid hands on a young woman without her permission — similar to what Trump’s campaign manager did to the Breitbart reporter.

Despite obvious footage showing Acosta bringing his hand down on the intern’s arm to block her from taking his microphone, CNN is standing by their man and doubling down on their attacks of the president.

This President’s ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far. They are not only dangerous, they are disturbingly un-American. While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has sworn obligation to protect it. A free press is vital to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere.

The difference is, his fellow journalists everywhere didn't do a karate chop on a White House intern’s arm as she tried to do her job. It might seem like a minor thing, just an instinctive reaction, but it’s still unacceptable if not illegal.

Additionally, Trump never attacked freedom of the press. He has criticized fake news, lies in the media, and partisan press outlets that spread propaganda instead of reporting news. He has never implemented any program or policy to shut down the press, has never taken any action against their liberties — even those who lie for a living.

The press is free — it’s free even to lie — but no individual reporter is free to be disruptive to the point of hostility. Getting a White House press pass is a privilege given to an individual, not a right. It can be revoked for bad behavior — and that’s exactly what has happened here.

After the altercation, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced that Acosta’s press pass would be suspended, calling his conduct “absolutely unacceptable.” Sanders tweeted:

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.

Acosta took to social media, complaining that the U.S. Secret Service had asked for his credentials to enter the White House. He shamelessly recorded the interaction, projecting himself into the news as a victim.