The controversial relationship between Donald Trump and CNN has resulted in a new controversial episode since Wednesday, as a result of which the star reporter of the chain has withdrawn its accreditation and has strengthened each in its role.
"You are very rude and a terrible person!": The American President's call against Jim Acosta has been around the world.
The statement, in response to the journalist's refusal to return the microphone during the Donald Trump press conference on Wednesday, after asking a number of questions, was followed by the withdrawal of his accreditation.
The White House justified the suspension "until further notice", not by Jim Acosta's ongoing questions, but by what it presented as inappropriate behavior towards the young trainee responsible for retrieving the microphone.
Sarah Sanders, White House spokeswoman, said the reporter "put her hands on the young woman" and posted a video that had been edited to dramatize the series.
However, the original images clearly show that it is the trainee who tries to grab the microphone and that Jim Acosta simply tries to spread his arm while apologizing.
The & aggression & # 39; complaints of the White House are & # 39; an insult to the real victims of intimidation and aggression ;, British editor Jane Merrick wrote on the CNN website.
The series sparked a stir, with the US presidential press saying that revoking accreditation was "unacceptable".
Since the press conference of President-elect Donald Trump on January 11, 2017, and a first tense exchange, Jim Acosta has become the symbol of a despised CNN of the previous real estate developer.
The 47-year-old reporter has several times reported his abrasive style that contrasts with the more polite ways of his colleagues, against Donald Trump but also, more regularly, in his exchanges with Sarah Sanders.
In particular, he accused the spokesman of "not sticking to the facts" or the expression "enemy of the people", used by Donald Trump to criticize the press, not to want to reject it.
Sarah Sanders is a hard front and has often accused him of wanting to draw attention to him in the first place.
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The press has almost unanimously indicted the revocation of Jim Acosta's accreditation, an unprecedented sanction that had been known since the establishment of the association of correspondents with the White House in 1914.
On the other hand, the journalist's methods are far from unanimous, even within his profession.
"When a White House employee rushes to the microphone you hold, give it up and let the president insist on cutting off the journalists (…) speak for themselves", wrote the columnist Thursday. Washington Post, Erik Wemple.
"I do not think (the actions of Jim Acosta) justify the suspension of his accreditation," wrote Sara Gonzalez, a journalist for the conservative news website The Blaze, "but it's hard to have sympathy for someone who was looking for him ".
The incident illustrates the profound transformation of the media world, dominated by the form, by the continuous news channels and the information show that Donald Trump made his honey.
"Acosta is a journalist, but it is also a + TV + actor," said Lorrie Goldstein, a Toronto Sun editor, on Twitter. "It is apparently what CNN wants in the White House."
In 2014, CNN had an average of 400,000 viewers per day. Last month, the average rose to 689,000.
Even far behind its competitors Fox News (1.6 million) but also MSNBC (909,000), the channel undoubtedly benefits from a Trump effect & # 39; that stretches far beyond the presidential campaign.
Wednesday's exchange also raises the question of indefinite debates for three years, the media treatment of Donald Trump and his presidency, which are constantly demonizing the press.
"The dispute between Jim Acosta and Trump was bizarre and painful," wrote the American journalist Lucy Shanker for the British newspaper Independent, "but that's what the work of a controlling agency looks like."
"Let Jim Acosta do his job," the New York Times editorial begged.