Trump just banned a CNN reporter from a press conference. Jim Acosta’s response is perfect

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CNN’s Jim Acosta, perhaps President Trump’s favorite media whipping boy, tore into the President this afternoon when deputy White House Communications Director Bill Shine told CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins that she was banned from the press conference following the meeting between Trump and the President of the EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.

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Acosta declared the incident to be a “new low” for the President and demanded that he, his fellow journalists, and the American people be treated better by our increasingly volatile President, whose inability to deal with criticism and “tough questions” seems to grow worse with each passing day.

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Acosta and the President have clashed on multiple occasions in the past, to the point that the president now regularly calls him out on Twitter by name as part of his obsessive feud with CNN, which he despises for sending reporters to ask him “tough” questions and for blanketing the airwaves with coverage of his mistakes, his ethics violations, his extramarital affair scandals, his constant lies to the American people and his appalling policy decisions.

Acosta is absolutely right in his assessment of the stunt that the White House decided to pull today. To ban a reporter from a press conference because she asked questions the President didn’t like is a clear attack on our nation’s free press and cannot be allowed to go unchallenged.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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