CNN’s Jim Acosta Chides White House for ‘Suppression of Information’

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CNN’s Jim Acosta chided the White House and Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Monday after Acosta said reporters were prohibited from recording video or audio of a press gaggle on Monday.

“There is a suppression of information going on at this WH that would not be tolerated at a city council mtg or press con with a state gov,” Acosta wrote on Twitter.

On air, Acosta told anchor Brooke Baldwin that the White House was “stonewalling” the news media.

“The White House press secretary is getting to a point, Brooke, where he is just getting kind of useless,” Acosta said. “If he can’t come out and answer the questions and they are just not going to do on camera or audio, why are we having these briefings in the first place?”

At the briefing, Spicer was again asked whether President Trump believes in climate change, but he said that he did not yet have an answer. He also said that there may be an answer “by the end of this week” as to whether Trump has recordings of his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey.

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Acosta called the situation “bizarre,” and said, “I don’t know why everyone is going along with this. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. And it just feels like we are slowly but surely being dragged into a new normal in this country where the President of the United States is allowed to insulate himself from answering hard questions.”

Before Trump took office, there had been concerns among the White House press corps that his team would scale back the number of daily press briefings, or move them to another location, outside of the West Wing.

Spicer and Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders have continued to hold briefings, but they have on occasion prohibited cameras. So some networks, like CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN, have instead carried the audio of the briefings live. More recently, reporters have noted, audio has been restricted as well.

“I don’t understand why we covered that gaggle today, quite honestly, Brooke,” Acosta said. “If they can’t give us the answers to the questions on camera or where we can record the audio, they are basically pointless at this point.”

Spicer was asked about the prohibition on cameras and audio during the briefing, suggesting that the reason was to ensure that Trump was given the spotlight.

“I’ve said it since the beginning — the President spoke today, he was on camera,” Spicer said. “He’ll make another comment today at the technology summit. And there are days that I’ll decide that the President’s voice should be the one that speaks, and iterate his priorities.”

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  1. Jack says:

    Jim Acosta is a real piece of work. I know these types well living in the DC area. All talk and happy to make a mess out of things, yet, not answering the actual questions that are presented to them in the first place – that is, why the hell are they all feeding the public opinion and hype rather than factual analysis-based reporting. No one on the liberal side wants to hear this, because they are a bunch of babies protecting their own, but it’s true, it’s obvious it’s true, and anyone that says otherwise is not the patriot they keep blaming everyone else for not being. Keep up with this nonsense and you’ll have someone give you the spanking you deserve.

    • wendy says:

      Mr. Acosta is a pot stirrer…… he got a lot of attention by screaming at President Trump about yet another CNN fake news story. Now is wining again to get that attention because the cameras are not on him. He lost my respect and credibility when he treated to President Trump so rudely. I honestly feel his agenda is not the First Amendment, he is disrespectful of the office and should be booted out of the press briefings. Why is he the story about him and not the white house news, good or bad, because that is what he wants. He is tarnishing his news network battle worn network. Mr. Acosta I am sure you realize by now there is never a cuddly puppy around when you need one…….

  2. bobalula says:

    “Suppression of information is what Hitler did. With no info given to spin freely, CNN is forced to make up its own stories.”

    • Smith Cassidy says:

      You mean like Obama wiretapping, big inauguration crowds, divesting from his organization, millions of illegal voters, birtherism, etc. Those kinds of lies and made up stories?

  3. Steve Barr says:

    Trump is not the threat to our country . The threat comes from his base of know nothing brown shirts that no matter what he says or does they support him. This bloated traitorous clown feels emboldened by millions of human cockroaches who are at his disposal to use as he chooses .

  4. BRUCE BACON says:

    Fascists don’t like being questioned. This regime has everything in common with the Axis countries we defeated in 1945. Seriously.

  5. Dennis LaDow says:

    Who the hell is Jim Acosta? Who ever he is, Hannity’s jock strap would swallow him whole. Just another CNN hateful mongroid wanta be.

  6. Kirk Morris says:

    CNN should be chided into finally being truthful with the news!

  7. Cynthia J La Croix says:

    Hello Big Brother Uh Hello…..You work for us….

  8. SNANCE says:

    Stop whining CNN. In reality your so called “Press Credentials” to even “cover the white house should be revoked …

  9. Victor L Lesher says:

    The White House will get along just fine without the corrupt CNN being there. CNN can read about it in the press releases later in the day or the next day.

  10. “Acosta called the situation “bizarre,” and said, “I don’t know why everyone is going along with this. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. ”

    But HE is also going along with this!

    Why doesn’t he know why he does it?

  11. Sylvia Horn says:

    Trump is not A President. He represents corporate interests, has no interest in the environment, or health and welfare of the people of the USA. He is a liar and has sleazy business partners. Trump needs to resign. This man is a embarrassment to himself and our country.

  12. Here’s a thought – quit going to these useless ‘briefings’ so there is no stage for this clown to perform on…

  13. Judy Roy says:

    It’s very clear why they are doing it this way. They want to be able to say the press is lying, distorting the truth, making things up, without having video and audio evidence to verify what they’ve actually said. .It’s a lot more difficult for them to get away with calling everything “Fake News” when you can prove they’ve said something by showing video of them saying it.. Every last member of the press should sit in the briefing room and refuse to cover anything anyone says unless it is said on camera.. It’s the only way to prove that you are not making this up.

  14. So how many POWs did this network’s founder wife have killed and beat?

  15. The main stream media has lost all credibility and is undeserving of the normal
    respect and rights granted to legitimate journalism. The President and his administration
    has every right and reason from keeping was has become an amoral propaganda machine
    from spewing lies and inflaming it’s audience. Seat Jm Acosta and his entire corrupt news
    organization in the janitor closet and let them clean up their mess.

    • Smith Cassidy says:

      Well said, comrade. The 1st Amendment is garbage anyway. Who needs an informed, educated public? You’re clearly perfectly fine with your ignorance. Good for you.

  16. kitt richards says:

    Ummm…1st amendment, anyone?? if the WH is allowed to ban the press, it means they are shutting down the window into the presidency that our country needs and deserves, according to the Constitution No president is above accountability. What, are we just gonna sit by for 4 years (if he lasts that long) while he occupies the WH, spending all his time sitting on his fat ass, watching TV, eating room service every 20 minutes (because he CAN), and spinning dirty deals to enrich himself and his family, just so he can feed his insatiable ego the fact that he “got to be president”??? You don’t “get to be president” and then just SIT there, basking in glory, and using all the power it affords you to enrich yourself! It is WORK, and the press is a vital part of the checks and balances spelled out in the Constitution to protect the PEOPLE, and guarantee that the government is serving the needs of the PEOPLE, and not THEMSELVES!!! This man has no intention of serving this country, he only wanted the honor and glory of being the most popular person in America. What a sicko. We cannot ever let them shut out the press!

    • Len Peele says:

      get over it..libs sat back for 8 yrs and watched his predecessor do whatever he wanted and all but destroy the fabric of this country and praised him for it…

      • Smith Cassidy says:

        Air must be getting thin in that bubble you’re living in.

        Obama wasn’t perfect, far from it, but you’re lying to yourself if you believe he did even a fraction of the outrageous things in his 8 years that Trump has done inside 6 months.

        Also, where are Trump’s tax returns?

  17. Joy Moody says:

    We have never seen this level of suppression of information in recent administrations. It does not make the masses comfortable. It’s something which has shown to be troublesome and dangerous in history. Everyone in Washington is working for the American people. We have a right to straight and complete answers. Blaming the media for twisting words is insufficient reason for the lack of transparency.

    • J.r. Marquez says:

      short and sweet, you guys are stuck on stupid. Damned if he does and damned if he don’t. if they reported fairly and not come with all the negativity they can muster then maybe the outcome would bare fruit. he doesn’t fit your narrative so nit pic on every issue you can find. Journalism is dead, can’t be trusted and is no longer unbiased, so what good are they providing the people? pure BS, he is our President so lick your wounds and get over it

      • Smith Cassidy says:

        If journalism is dead, where are you getting your information regarding Trump, fisrthand interaction?

    • james says:

      except during the Obama admin. Are you blanking crazy they were the least transparent White House in modern media history. Wake up to your partisanship

    • Kittredge White says:

      This presidency is more an occupation of the White House than a presidency. It really needs to be put to a stop. The trumpsters don’t understand the danger this puts us in. Suppressing the press = no accountability whatsoever for the POTUS or his administration, and he can use the office with impunity to spin whatever dirty deals he wants over the next four years – with impunity. He has no interest in serving the people of the nation; he is only there to serve himself.

      Oh – and “twitter” does not equal a “free and open press”. Yes, it is the POTUS’ unfiltered thoughts, so the idiots in his cabinet can say no one is twisting his words, but it is a ONE-WAY form of communication; again: no questions, no challenges….and no accountability.

  18. Joyce Shannon says:

    Probably because you would never get it right anyway. You CNN news guys kinda twist words to make trouble and stir up violence. That is about all CNN is good for.

    • Darryn Frost says:

      Then they should be MORE interested in having themselves filmed so everyone sees their words and actions directly, not less.

      But we all know that is not the truth. The truth is that they all contradict themselves and are caught in too many lies from their own mouths.

    • Darryn Frost says:

      Then they should be MORE interested in having themselves filmed so everyone sees their words and actions directly, not less.

    • Cynthia Shumsky says:

      Oh Joyce you forgot the 1st Amendment to the Constitution and CNN is one of the best better then Fox News ( the official news station of the President ) besides do you think if he bans the press what is next

  19. m y says:

    aww poor old jim he should really grow up instead of whining like a baby he acts like a smart elec everytime he opens his mouth instead of being a good and polite newsperson he is so rude like all the cnn personel he should be given seats in back row or grow up as I said and abide by the rules so shut up

  20. Alex says:

    Trump is driving the MSM bat shit crazy…OH THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY!!

    • Marc Bernstein says:

      It makes you happy that you may have no idea that Mr. Trump is damaging your and my interest? You just implicitly trust my Trump and are delighted that he cannot be questioned? Wow–may I interest you in a low mileage bridge?

    • Cynthia Shumsky says:

      m y so you asking hard questions is being rude well then thats alright your President is not far behind

  21. MadMatthew says:

    Another step on the road to fascism. Seig heil, y’all.

  22. Michael Houston says:

    Donald John Trump: A true enemy of the people and an informed, free and vital society.

  23. pickles says:

    CNN suppressed information for 8 years under the Obama administration.

  24. ACOSTA doesn’t ‘chide’…he is an IGNORANT Obama Operative, that fits easily into the Democrat CNN narrative. who NEEDLES.

  25. Kaboom! says:

    Acosta is the prime voice of hate at CNN. Advertisers should run from him!

    • Paul Hemmer says:

      Acosta is just another CNN news hack looking for attention and making something out of nothing.

    • MadMatthew says:

      I’m sure you’ll enjoy the heil Trump rallies when that time comes, and it won’t belong.

      • Kaboom! says:

        Time for you to take a close look at the Democrat politicians, that is where you will find the most anti-Semitism and the biggest push for Sharia law. Wake up, the left is where all the hate resides.

      • Karen Kidwell says:

        Acosta is a whiner – just boycott the press briefings you baby.

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