Jim Acosta

Jim Acosta abused his privileges as a member of the press

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

Instead of engaging in endless combat with press-pass partisans, Trump has other options. He could bar cameras at the daily briefings and without a TV audience, the Acosta types would be unlikely to don their Superman capes. Trump could also reduce the frequency of the briefings or cancel them entirely. He could substitute more one-on-one interviews for press conferences. He could, in fact, shun the media altogether because none of these traditions of contact are fundamental or even tangential to freedom of the press. The First Amendment is a key to American liberty in glorious ways, but it is not an excuse for bad manners.

What's Really Behind the Jim Acosta 'Controversy'?

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

The superficial characteristic of the Jim Acosta "controversy" is that the recently banned -- actually just his "hard pass" was taken -- CNN White House correspondent is a boring narcissist who wants to make all press conferences about him. He never asks a real question. He just spouts his utterly predictable and tedious opinions as long as he can before asking the political equivalent of "When did you stop beating your wife?" Completely lost in this charade is the American public that learns absolutely nothing from these cage fights... er, press conferences.

Conservative Leaders React to CNN's Publicity Stunt Lawsuit Against the White House

NewsBusters Staff

After Media Research Center President Brent Bozell spoke out about CNN's "ridiculous" lawsuit against the White House, the Media Research Center reached out to conservative leaders around the nation. These leaders responded with frustration at CNN’s dramatic publicity stunt. Acosta crossed a line in civility and the White House is justified to revoke his press pass. The fact that CNN issued a lawsuit only reaffirms that their network is a “hit squad” for the Left. Conservative leaders issued statements of their own.

Trump Raises the Stakes With CNN

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

CNN says that if Trump succeeds in pulling Acosta’s press pass, it could have a “chilling” effect on other White House correspondents. But if it has a chilling effect on journalists who relish confronting the president and reaping the cheers, publicity and benefits that go with being a leader of the adversary press, why is that a problem? The White House should set down rules of conduct for reporters in the briefing room, and if reporters repeatedly violate them, that should cost them their chairs and, in cases like Acosta’s, their credentials.

6 Reasons the CNN-Acosta Lawsuit Is Lame

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

The president has a right to call on reporters and ignore reporters; he has the right to hold a press conference or not hold one. Former President George W. Bush never took questions from CNN's Dan Rather. President Obama never consented to questions from Fox News' Sean Hannity. Trump could give Acosta his pass back and then try to ignore his question. But everyone knows that whether Acosta's called on or not, he's going to yell and yell. Neither his bosses nor his colleagues ever think it's time for him to sit down and shut up.

Jim Acosta: the Don Quixote of fake news

Roger Kimball, The Spectator

The dreadful behavior of the American press — of which Jim Acosta is a poster child — is a bit like the behavior of children at a fun-fair who discover that, for the next half hour, they can hurl water balloons at their schoolmaster with impunity. The teacher, committed to help the local school raise money for a new roof, takes it in his stride. After the outing, he returns to his serious work, while the children snigger together in the corner. That’s what Jim Acosta is like. At least Don Quixote was a gentleman who endeavored to treat those he encountered with respect.

Jim Acosta Can't Handle the Facts

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

When (Trump aide Stephen) Miller was done, (CNN reporter Jim) Acosta complained, "You called me ignorant on national television." The Washington Post "fact-checker" squad must have agonized as it underlined Acosta as the ignorant half of this exchange. If it did, kudos to the Washington Post for breaking the mold.

Sean Spicer Gets His Groove On

Thanks to President Trump's Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, conservative outlets finally have a seat in the White House press briefing room and we will have reporters in the room to ask questions Americans in flyover country actually care about.