CNN Host Pretty Much Told to Get the H**l out of the Oval Office (Again)

It seems CNN’s Jim Acosta just loves being trashed by the Trump White House. It does get him to complain on live television, as if he’s some martyr, a beleaguered journalist under the crushing regime of some authoritarian country. He’s not, but here was another instance where White House staffers had to more or less tell Acosta to get the hell out of the Oval Office. It was a press spray event. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte visited President Trump yesterday.

“This audio is a pretty good example of how the WH aides also known as press wranglers are almost screaming as reporters try to ask questions of Trump in our ‘pool sprays,’” he tweeted after the incident.

The press has been complaining about how Trump treats them. It’s a new world for them; we have a man who actually punches back—and his supporters love it. Even here they’ve overreached, claiming his attacks against the media is somehow dangerous to the country. Spoiler: it’s not. And a friendly reminder: it was Hillary Clinton who first coined the phrase “fake news,” not Trump. The New York Times’ publisher, A. G. Sulzberger, recently relayed his concerns to the president:

President Trump and the publisher of The New York Times, A. G. Sulzberger, engaged in a fierce public clash on Sunday over Mr. Trump’s threats against journalism, after Mr. Sulzberger said the president misrepresented a private meeting and Mr. Trump accused The Times and other papers of putting lives at risk with irresponsible reporting.

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“I told the president directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous,” said Mr. Sulzberger, who became publisher of The Times on Jan. 1.

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