"Clear Attack on the First Amendment": Authoritarian Trump Denounced for Stripping Press Credentials From CNN's Jim Acosta

Just hours after President Donald Trump called CNN political reporter Jim Acosta a “rude, terrible person” during a post-midterm press conference, the White House suspended the journalist’s credentials on Wednesday night – a move that prompted outrage from the cable network and press freedom advocates called a “clear attack on the First Amendment.”

As CNN reports:

The White House Corespondents Association, which advocates on behalf of the press corps, issued the following statement in response:

In a statement by the network, CNN said: “This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better. Jim Acosta has our full support.”


When Sanders later tweeted a statement saying Trump “believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration” and that the suspension was due to the reporter’s “putting his hands on” an White House press intern, Acosta simply responded: “This is a lie.”

Meanwhile, critics of the move—including fellow journalists—unleashed on the White House online:

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