President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House today that CNN reporter Jim Acosta is "a very unprofessional man" after tangling with him at a news conference on Wednesday. "I don't think he's a smart person, but he's got a loud voice", Trump said.
Thursday night was a hectic night for late show hosts between the situation with Ruth Bader Ginsburg's hospitalization and the White House revoking press credentials for CNN's Jim Acosta. "As visual journalists, we know that manipulating images is manipulating truth", said Whitney Shefte, president of the the White House News Photographers Association.
So, it was understandable when the media and people around the world demanded an explanation for why Acosta was being barred from the White House and the obvious repercussions it could have for freedom of the press, government transparency and our democracy itself.
"President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration".
Trump didn't say what he means by "respect" - but by the end of the press availability, it was pretty clear that it was for reasons other than security.
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Looking back at Mr Acosta, who again rose up in his own defense, Mr Trump added: "When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people".
It happens just like in the White House's version, but Acosta's hand doesn't seem to linger as long on the woman's arm and the movement appears significantly faster.
Ryan also shared her own statement via Twitter, writing, "I love this country and have the most respect for the Office of the President". "What a stupid question and I watch you a lot and you ask a lot of stupid questions".
"What a stupid question that is", Trump replied. She knows it. These are dark times and not only because of the pack of lying liars in charge.
Trump also called out Acosta for his well-documented and theatrical spats with Sanders during the normal course of press briefings.
That statement was contradicted by witnesses and video that showed an intern trying to grab a mic from his hand as he pulled it away from her, saying, "Pardon me, ma'am". "Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately because you can see for yourself what it is, perception is reality with this president".