Written By: - Date published: 6:55 pm, November 8th, 2018 - 38 comments
Categories: child discipline, Donald Trump, International, Media, politicans, Social issues, us politics, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: cnn, trump
I might be in a minority who don’t put much store by alleged “attacks” on the media by Trump. Being dismissive of the media is not an attack on press freedoms. Spouting about “fake news” and what not is not an attack on press freedoms either. And I really wish media outlets would stop claiming otherwise.
That said, Trump’s run in with Jim Acosta of CNN beggars belief. As does the follow up from Sarah Sanders who, in a statement on behalf of the White House responded
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 reporter’s colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question … As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice
And CNN responding that Jim Acosta having his “hard pass” accreditation removed was “a threat to our democracy” is also kinda nuts.
All that’s missing is an exasperated parental voice snapping – “Both of you! Go to your rooms.” – and CNN and the White House shuffling off in the huff.
Anybody want to remind me why we give some people extraordinary levels of power to exercise over others?