President Donald Trump instructed journalists on Friday (Nov 9) to show more respect in the "sacred" White House and moments later angrily refused to answer a reporter's question because it was "stupid".
When NBC reporter Peter Alexander took the mic for the next question, he defended Acosta as a "diligent reporter" - earning Mr Trump's ire. I watch her get up-I mean, you talk about somebody that's a loser.
Aly Colon, a professor in journalism ethics at Washington & Lee University, told the AP: "The irony of this White House video involving Jim Acosta is that if it is found to be doctored, it will show the administration to be doing what it accuses the news media of doing-engaging in fake information". Smith told Motherboard via email that he could detect duplicate frames in the White House video, which could indicate it was doctored. Acosta's pass was revoked by the administration after he refused to give up the microphone during a Wednesday press conference in which Trump called him "a rude, awful person".
"She's very nasty", the president said.
Another clue is when Trump says this: "You know what, I think you should let me run the country".
Press advocates anxious, though, that Trump might bar these reporters from the White House if they continued to hit him with tough questions.
"I don't know Whitaker", Trump said, adding that he heard Whitaker was "highly thought of" by United States ambassador to China and former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.
The site, InfoWars, has been a longtime supporter of Donald Trump's, and Trump has reciprocated the admiration with an interview when he was running for president. "Being in the pressure cooker of the White House has exposed him for what he is".
Trump has disparaged many people, so his responses to Phillip, Ryan and Alcindor might simply reflect equal-opportunity contempt.
Trump added that Acosta's treatment of Sanders "is a disgrace". "I think this also may be the first time I've ever seen Sarah Sanders take the woman's side on any subject, ever".
CNN has labeled Sanders' characterization of Acosta's exchange with the intern as a lie.
The National Association of Black Journalists, headed by a Black woman, also stepped in to defend the three journalists, released a statement Friday saying it was "appalled" at Trump's conduct and called on the president to rectify his behavior. Surely, the media offered former President Obama such deference, but it is quite disturbing they refuse to give this President the same level of regard. In her statement announcing Acosta's suspension, she said the White House won't tolerate "a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job".
On Wednesday, Trump accused Yamiche Alcindor, PBS NewsHour White House correspondent, of asking a "racist question" when she inquired about the public perception that he was "emboldening white nationalists" on the campaign trail.