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NEW YORK | The conflicting relationship between Donald Trump and CNN know, since Wednesday, a new episode of controversy, that has earned the star reporter of the string to the withdrawal of his accreditation, while strengthening each one in his role.
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“You are very rude and a bad person!”: the invective of the president of the u.s. destination of Jim Acosta has been around the world.
The way, in response to the refusal of the journalist to make the microphone during the press conference of Donald Trump on Wednesday, after being asked several questions, was followed by the withdrawal of its accreditation.
The White House has justified the suspension “until further order”, not by the questions, insistent, Jim Acosta, but by what it described as an inappropriate behavior towards the young intern in charge of recovering the said microphone.
Sarah Sanders, a spokesperson for the White House, ensures that the reporter has “placed his hands” on the young woman, and has posted a video edited in a way to dramatize the sequence.
The original images, however, show clearly that it is the trainee who tries to take the microphone and that Jim Acosta is only trying to remove her arms, while apologizing to be with her.
The accusations of”aggression” of the White House are “an insult to the real victims of harassment and assault,” wrote on the website of CNN, columnist british Jane Merrick.
The sequence has triggered a storm of protest, the press u.s. presidential deeming it “unacceptable” for the withdrawal of accreditation.
Since the press conference of the president-elect Donald Trump, on January 11, 2017, and a first exchange tense, Jim Acosta became the symbol of a CNN vilified the former real estate developer.
The reporter 47-year-old has several times reported by its style abrasive which is in contrast with manners more polished now of his colleagues, in the face of Donald Trump, but also, more regularly, in discussion with Sarah Sanders.
He accused the spokesman of “not to stick to the facts” or do not want to reject the expression “enemy of the people”, used by Donald Trump to criticize the press.
Sarah Sanders is the front, with hardness, and has often been accused of wanting above all to draw attention to him.
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The press has almost unanimously denounced the revocation of the accreditation of Jim Acosta, a sanction known before since the creation of the association of correspondents to the White House in 1914.
In contrast, the methods of the journalist are far from unanimous, even within his profession.
“When an employee of the White House rushed to the microphone that you have in your hand, go down and let the president’s insistence to cut off the journalists […] speak for itself”, wrote Thursday to the editorial writer of the Washington Post, Erik Wemple.
“I don’t think [the acts of Jim Acosta] to justify the suspension of its accreditation,” wrote Sara Gonzalez, a reporter with the news site conservative The Blaze, “but it is difficult to have sympathy for someone who was looking for”.
The incident illustrates the profound transformation of the media universe, dominated, on the form, by the channels of continuous information and information show, where Donald Trump has made its honey.
“Acosta is a journalist, but it is also an “actor” television,” noted Lorrie Goldstein, columnist for the Toronto Sun, on Twitter. “This is apparently what wants CNN to the White House.”
In 2014, CNN included, on average, 400 000 viewers per day. Last month, his average rose to 689 000.
Even widely outpaced by its competitors, Fox News (1.6 million), but also MSNBC (909 000), the chain enjoys, without a doubt, a “Trump” that extends well beyond the presidential campaign.
The exchange on Wednesday also raises the question, debated endlessly for the past three years, the media’s treatment of Donald Trump and its president who demonizes all of the press.
“The dispute between Jim Acosta and Trump was weird and painful,” wrote the american journalist Lucy Shanker for the british newspaper the Independent, “but that’s what looks like the work of an organ of control.”
“Let Jim Acosta do his work,” argued the editorial management of the New York Times.