Acosta sparred with Trump about the caravan of migrants heading from Latin America to the southern USA border.
He called CNN's Jim Acosta a "rude, bad person", "fake news", and an "enemy of the people", accused Yamiche Alcindor of the PBS Newshour of asking him a "racist question", told Peter Alexander of NBC News that he wasn't a fan of his, and derided the general media as "hostile" and the driving force causing political division in the nation. Acosta tweeted on Wednesday night that he was later denied entry to the White House.
The president had been talking to other reporters and really railing against them. Sarah Silverman wondered. "He lies about them on the daily and is never held accountable".
"The White House should immediately reinstate Jim Acosta's press pass, and refrain from punishing reporters by revoking their access-that's not how a free press works". He said that "I can do something fantastic, and they make it look not good".
Sanders "provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened", the United States cable network said. "Having said that, I am troubled by pulling the hard pass because-you can argue he was a jerk and he deserves it, but obviously at a certain point you begin to wonder ..."
Sanders tweeted a video of the incident to back up her claim.
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But many high-profile media members, including The New York Times' Maggie Haberman and CNN executive Matt Dornic, have accused Sanders of using a doctored video speeding up Acosta's arm motion, as evidence. Infowars, whose conspiracy theories include the baseless claim that the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax, was banned this year by Facebook, Google and Twitter for sharing offensive or threatening content.
"I worked with Jim @Acosta at CNN".
Invoking the words of a fellow writer, Rowling cited George Orwell's 1984 to denounce the White House's actions.
However, this wound Trump up even more and he ended up saying he wasn't a huge fan of Alexander either. Trump sought to call on another reporter, but Acosta persisted. But a frame-by-frame comparison with an Associated Press video of the same incident shows that the one tweeted by Sanders appears to have been altered to speed up Acosta's arm movement as he touches the intern's arm, according to Abba Shapiro, an independent video producer who examined the footage at AP's request.
At the conference Trump, when asked if he had "demonized immigrants" during the midterms campaign, replied: "No, I want them to come into the country".
"President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration", Sanders said in her statement.
The White House, meanwhile, said it stands by its decision. "I will not let you down".