President Trump in a combative exchange with CNN correspondent Jim Acosta as a White House intern tries to retrieve the microphone from the reporter. Photo courtesy of the Washington Post.
The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) has joined the National Association
of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) in condemning the White House for suspending CNN
correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credentials and is demanding that it be restored
At an afternoon press briefing on November 7, Acosta, a good-standing member of
the NAHJ, questioned President Trump if he had “demonized immigrants” by calling
a caravan of Central American migrants “an invasion”. After a contentious exchange,
including the president calling Acosta a “rude, terrible person”, a female White
House intern tried to retrieve the microphone from the reporter. The White House
suspended Acosta’s press pass a day after, arguing in a statement that Acosta placed
“his hands on a young woman” and that “this conduct is absolutely unacceptable”.
Footage of the briefing shows otherwise. Meanwhile, Acosta has replied on Twitter
that the White House statement is “a lie”.
CNN correspondent Jim Acosta refuses to sit down several times after a testy exchange with the president at a press briefing Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images.
“We are living in extraordinary times when a president of the United States continuously
refers to the free press as ‘fake news’ and ‘the enemy of the people’. This relentless
assault on the media has no doubt incited physical violence and violent threats
against journalists in the U.S., but has also caused the strength and integrity
of our democracy to hang in the balance”, said Alex Nogales, president and CEO of
the National Hispanic Media Coalition.
“Jim Acosta is being punished for doing his duty as a journalist – checking the
powers of government, standing up to lies and manipulation, and fighting for free
expression granted under the Constitution”, continued Nogales. “Clearly, the White
House and the president are not only at war with the press, but they’re at war with
the truth. We stand behind NAHJ’s appeal for Acosta to gain access to the White
House immediately and to continue doing his job as it has historically been done”.
The NHMC recommends its partner organizations, friend and allies to follow suit in condemning the White House for the unfair action against Acosta, and to either publish on their websites or on social media platforms their discontent at the reprehensible actions of the Trump Administration.
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