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White House suspends pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta

Last Updated Nov 7, 2018 at 8:52 pm PDT

Summary

CNN reporter Jim Acosta reports he was denied entrance to the White House

Vancouver journalism instructor says journalists in the White House need to support each other

NEW YORK (NEWS 1130) – The White House says it has suspended the press pass of CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta.

The suspension comes after a heated confrontation Wednesday between Acosta and President Donald Trump during a news conference.

They began sparring after Acosta asked Trump about the caravan of migrants heading from Latin America to the southern U.S. border. When Acosta tried to follow up with another question, Trump said, “That’s enough!” and a White House aide unsuccessfully tried to grab the microphone from Acosta.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement accusing Acosta of “placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern,” calling it “absolutely unacceptable.”

Acosta tweeted a video of what he says is a U.S. Secret Service agent taking away his credentials to enter the White House.

Journalists should stand up for their colleagues: instructor

Meanwhile in Vancouver, local journalism instructor Frances Bula says the incident at the White House today is shocking.

“For a mainstream reporter from a large television network who has been covering issues for years and is simply asking the kinds of questions that would be expected of politicians of all kinds is really startling,” she says.

According to Bula, it unsettles the relationship that exists between the White House and the media.

“People who are remaining covering the White House have to wonder, what question might I ask that might get my pass revoked,” she says.

Bula suggests other outlets take some kind of action in protest to support their colleague and demonstrate this kind of action is not tolerated: “It could be very well them tomorrow.”