"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", said Aly Colon, a professor in journalism ethics at Washington & Lee University. A White House staffer attempted to grab the mic from the reporter, but he easily fended her off. He does this with everybody. "Whether it was me or Ronald Reagan or anybody else, he would have done the same thing".
Trump also criticized CNN contributor April Ryan.
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". You talk about somebody who's a loser.
"President Trump deftly used the Acosta incident to play the victim of unfair press treatment", they said. The tense exchange between President Trump and Acosta is hard and embarrassing to watch-not because the video has been "doctored" as some are now claiming but because both men demonstrate utter contempt and disrespect for their respective roles as they shamelessly peacock for ratings. During their verbal altercation on Wednesday, Trump called Acosta a "terrible person". "She's the White House press secretary. She shouldn't be", Trump said. It looks to me like he was trying to fend her off and got a little carried away trying to block her arm in the heat of an already heated moment.
Earlier this week Trump snapped at another African American woman, Yamiche Alcindor of PBS, and accused her of asking a "racist question".
He continued, "When you're in the White House, this is a very sacred place to me. What a stupid question, and I watch you a lot, and you ask a lot of stupid questions". When outside the infamous presidential building, Trump stopped to take reporters' questions about the removal of Jeff Sessions and the appointment of Matthew Whitaker to the position of attorney general.
"It's ironic, Jim", she said, "that not only you and the media attack the president for his rhetoric, when they frequently lower the level of conversation in this country".
Trump went on to refer to another reporter, April Ryan, who works for American Urban Radio Networks and CNN, as "a loser" and "very nasty". Phillip asked of the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation. In fact, she asked the most pertinent question of the day.
But even as the entire left seized on this claim (see what I did there), there were other experts who came to different conclusions.