Did you see CNN’s Jim Acosta get smacked down after doing his usual shtick at a Trump press conference yesterday? He also tried to keep an aide from taking back the microphone to hand it to somebody else:
For starters, Jim Acosta isn’t a “reporter” because he editorializes constantly, spouting DNC talking points poorly disguised as questions. In any case, the White House yanked Resistance Cronkite’s press credentials:
I’ve just been denied entrance to the WH. Secret Service just informed me I cannot enter the WH grounds for my 8pm hit
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 8, 2018
— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) November 8, 2018
And with that, many “journalists” (the media have been so ridiculous these last two years the quote marks should be required by law) were defending Acosta on constitutional grounds, starting with the Godfather of Fake News, Dan Rather:
News the White House pulled Jim @Acosta’s credentials is not an attack on one journalist but all of the press. There should be complete solidarity. This is a moment for any Republican who says they believe in the Constitution to stand up.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) November 8, 2018
Sorry Dan, but the American press remains as free as it was the day you used your First Amendment right as a reporter to push bogus documents in an attempt to sway a presidential election just days before it took place. Sit down.
Others also weighed in:
And there goes Freedom of the Press. A legal protection in our US Constitution.
— Dana Freeman (@DanaHFreeman) November 8, 2018
Disturbing thread. @Acosta's behavior here, like it or not, does not disqualify him from the First Amendment-protected freedom to ask questions. Otherwise, how are we different from a place that has no freedom of the press at all? https://t.co/bXLJjMnaZ6
— Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) November 8, 2018
The issue isn't whether or not you support @Acosta . The issue is whether or not you support free speech. Jim exercised it. The government wants to end it. And Trump is sacrificing the First Amendment to keep you from watching POTUS gut the Mueller investigation. @realDonaldTrump
— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) November 8, 2018
Even Jeb Bush got in on the act:
The media is not the enemy of the people. The freedom of the press is protected by the Constitution. Presidents never enjoy pointed questions from the press, but President Trump should respect their right to ask them and respect Americans enough to answer them. https://t.co/JY3eAwX8RH
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) November 7, 2018
Like I said before, Acosta does not ask questions — he makes political statements on behalf of Democrats. And there is no First Amendment right to grandstand in the White House.