So, if Acosta doesn’t have a hard pass our Constitution is threatened? Freedom of the press is threatened? BS. There will be more questions by more members of the press and more answers by the president if Acosta isn’t there. – Mark R. Levin, Twitter, 11/13/18
FoxNews.com reports that
Bob Woodward, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Watergate journalist whose recent book, “Fear,” described chaotic infighting at the White House, on Tuesday criticized CNN for filing a lawsuit against the Trump administration and charged that too many media figures “have become emotionally unhinged.”
Speaking at the Global Financial Leadership Conference in Naples, Florida, Woodward said “the remedy [isn’t suing the administration]. … It’s more serious reporting about what he’s doing.”
CNN filed a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration on Tuesday demanding that the White House restore the press credential of star reporter Jim Acosta. The administration suspended Acosta’s “hard pass,” which provided expedited access to the White House grounds, after he repeatedly refused to surrender his microphone while asking Trump a barrage of questions during a press conference last week.
“In the news media there has been an emotional reaction to Trump,” Woodward said. “Too many people for Trump or against Trump have become emotionally unhinged about this.”
Woodward added that CNN was taking Trump’s “bait” by enlisting high-profile lawyer Ted Olson to pursue a federal case. “This is a negative,” Woodward said, in comments first flagged by NBC reporter Dylan Byers. “Trump is sitting around saying, ‘This is great.’”
That sentiment was echoed in a piece in Rolling Stone on Tuesday by Ryan Bort titled, “CNN Has Played Right Into Trump’s Hands.”
(Trump fiercely criticized Woodward after his book released earlier this year, saying “he’s had a lot of credibility problems.”)
CNN’s suit alleges that the White House violated Acosta’s First and Fifth Amendment rights by punishing him for the content of his speech without providing notice or any due process, although the White House maintains that Acosta was penalized solely because of his behavior.
…The litigation, which does not fully describe Acosta’s actions during the press conference, also asserts that the Secret Service violated the Administrative Procedures Act by taking a final agency action in penalizing Acosta without providing any notice or hearing.
The suit, in arguing that the White House was lying about its motivations for taking action against Acosta, additionally claims that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders shared a “doctored” clip of the episode on Twitter. In the low-resolution .gif clip shared by Sanders, Acosta’s arm moves slightly faster than it does in higher-quality footage of the press conference.
However, despite reporting from a wide variety of outlets that Sanders had shared a doctored clip, a Buzzfeed analysis suggested the changes in the video could have resulted inadvertently from the conversion of the footage to the lower-fidelity .GIF format, which is commonly used on Twitter. The format produces fewer frames per second than a higher-quality video source, making scenes appear to move faster.
White House officials, including Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, have acknowledged that the video was indeed “sped up” during the conversion process, while consistently denying that the clip was purposefully doctored.
The lawsuit states that Sanders used a bogus justification by claiming that Acosta had “placed his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as White House intern.”
In responding to CNN’s suit, Sanders on Tuesday said that Acosta’s behavior had “impeded the ability of the President, the White House staff, and members of the media to conduct business.”
“After Mr. Acosta asked the President two questions—each of which the President answered—he physically refused to surrender a White House microphone to an intern, so that other reporters might ask their questions,” Sanders said in statement.
“This was not the first time this reporter has inappropriately refused to yield to other reporters,” she continued. “The White House cannot run an orderly and fair press conference when a reporter acts this way, which is neither appropriate nor professional. The First Amendment is not served when a single reporter, of more than 150 present, attempts to monopolize the floor.”
Press Secretary Sanders once said after being badgered by a “news reporter” from ABC that the reporter and her colleagues have a “responsibility to provide accurate information” to the public.
“Responsibility”. Therein lies the rub.
The Democratic Party and their Propaganda Arm, the Main Stream Media, have been reduced to personal attacks against a sitting president.
They cannot attack Trump on his Economic Policies, which have been very successful and which have led to a record low unemployment rate for Black Americans.
They cannot attack him on his Foreign Policy, especially after the fantastic way he has handled the Iranians and the North Koreans.
So, they decided instead, to write fictional stories and attempt to give them believability and gravitas by claiming to have received the information for their stories from “anonymous sources”.
And, since those stories were being debunked almost as soon as they were posted, most Americans accurately surmised that the MSM’s “anonymous sources” were the voices inside their own over-sized heads.
The failure of the Dcmocrat-controlled MSM brought them to the point where all they have left is to attempt to upstage the president in his own press conference, as CNN’s Jim Acosta tried to.
It did not work out well for him, did it?
The Main Stream Media decided before the beginning of Trump’s Presidency that in order to assuage their own hurt feelings about his victory over Hillary Clinton that they would adopt the strategy of publishing unsubstantiated lie after unsubstantiated lie.
The depth of their grief and the blind rage of their ensuing temper tantrum wiped out any vestiges of journalistic integrity that remained after decades of being the Propaganda Arm of the Democratic Party.
The situation has become so obvious that even Bob Woodward, who wrote a “tell-all” book about the Trump White House (that bombed) now has to say something about it in order to distance himself in order to preserve his own “journalistic legacy”.
the fact is, President Trump will never be able to please the Main Stream Media.
Nor should he have to.
The Presidency of the United States of America is the most important leadership position on the Face of God’s Green Earth.
The Main Stream Media knows that.
Trump has made the Media look tremendously naïve and stupid on several occasions, in scenes reminiscent of Lucy Van Pelt promising to hold the football for Charlie Brown to kick, only to pull it away at the last minute leaving a helpless Charlie Brown to wipe out, tumbling head over heels.
The Main Stream Media have not been in control of the dissemination of the news since before Trump took office…and they know it.
Between Trump’s playing them like Charlie Daniels playing a fiddle and average Americans becoming their own reporters through the use of Social Media, “professional journalists” have watched their influence over the daily lives of Americans dwindle and diminish right before their very eyes.
Unfortunately, the lies will just keep on coming from both the Democratic Party and their Propaganda Arm, the Main Stream Media.
Like the attention-seeking spoiled brats that they are, the Main Stream Media believe that they can get away with anything.
That is why grandstanding idiots like Acosta feel ’empowered” to show the entire world their backside and to be everything but professional during the White House Press Briefings, attacking Press Secretary Sarah Sanders at every opportunity.
Acosta did not know when to quit…and that is why the President took away his “Hard Pass” (which is a privilege and not a “right”).
Acosta and grandstanding self-important unhinged Democratic Propagandists like him are why Americans do not trust the Main Stream Media.
Americans are being battered every morning and night by Fake News about Trump and his Administration from not just the Cable News Networks, but the Big 3 Broadcast Networks as well and all of their local affiliates.
Americans want their news to be just that: Information about the events going on around them, delivered by unbiased professional reporters.
If Americans wanted Fake News, they would pick up the National Enquirer while waiting in line at the grocery store, instead of watching the news every morning before they leave for work..
If they want to see two guys yell nonsensically at each other, as they do on these “Discussion Panels” on CNN and MSNBC, they will tune into the WWE’s “Monday Night Raw” or Tuesday Night’s “Smackdown Live”.
Americans are now living in a time when the Main Stream Media’s blatant propaganda is no longer believed at face value, as the evidence which refutes it is appearing in the live videos and photographs being shared on Facebook and other Social Media.
Average Americans are winning the war against the “New Fascism” of the Tyranny of the Minority by the sharing of information through Social Media.
Self-righteous Liberals, masquerading as Broadcast “Journalists”, like Acosta and the rest of the Main Stream Media, need to wake up and smell what they’re shoveling before their version of “Broadcast Journalism” goes the way of the dinosaurs…
…after the Americans who are still watching tune them out to watch cat videos on Facebook.
Until He Comes,