(National Sentinel) Fake News: President Donald J. Trump ejected problematic CNN reporter Jim Acosta from the White House on Tuesday after he persisted in asking about comments related to immigration discussions last week.
Trump was meeting with Kazakstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev in the Oval Office when Jim Acosta kept hounding him, “Did did you say that you wanted more people from Norway?”
At that, Trump said, “I want them to come in from everywhere, everywhere. Thank you very much.” … “OUT.”
Acosta took to Twitter to complain about the president’s actions and other alleged actions by White House staff to obstruct him from attempting to embarrass the president further in front of a foreign leader.
“What occurred reminded me of something I would see in a different country. Certainly not at the WH. Certainly not in the U.S.,” he tweeted.
“When I tried to follow up on this in the Oval Office, Trump told me to get ‘out.’ We then went to the Roosevelt Room where WH aides obstructed us from asking questions,” Acosta complained.
Though Acosta claimed that he’d never seen a president behave that way towards reporters, Trump supporters pointed out that President Obama used the Justice Department to investigate scores of reporters over alleged leaks.
The outsized effort drew a stern rebuke from journalist groups.
“In the 30 years since the [Justice] Department issued guidelines governing its subpoena practice as it relates to phone records from journalists, none of us can remember an instance where such an overreaching dragnet for news gathering materials was deployed by the department, particularly without notice to the affected reporters or an opportunity to seek judicial review,” the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, which represents more than 40 major news organizations, wrote in a letter to then-Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.
Bruce Brown, the committee’s executive director, and Gregg Leslie, its legal defense director, said the Obama administration was redefining the country’s long-standing constitutional commitment to freedom of the press.
The Freedom of the Press Foundation noted further that Obama used the Espionage Act to put a “record number” of reporters’ sources in jail.
“Between 1917 and 2009, only one person was convicted under the Espionage Act for leaking to a news organization,” the organization said in a three-part report.
“Since I’ve been in office, my attitude has been zero tolerance for these kinds of leaks and speculation,” Obama said in June 2012. “Now we have mechanisms in place where, if we can root out folks who have leaked, they will suffer consequences.
“In some cases, it’s criminal. These are criminal acts when they release information like this. And we will conduct thorough investigations, as we have in the past,” he added.
Noted The National Sentinel‘s editor-in-chief J. D. Heyes, “I guess Acosta has conveniently forgotten how Obama treated journalists.”
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