White House suspends CNN's Jim Acosta

White House suspends CNN's Jim Acosta

White House suspends CNN's Jim Acosta

But it has also highlighted how video content - long seen as an unassailable verification tool for truth and confirmation - has become as vulnerable to political distortion as anything else. "We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video", Sanders tweeted to accompany the allegedly doctored video.

The shocking exchange came as Acosta was asking the president about the migrant caravan. At one point, the intern reached under Acosta's left arm to try to grab the microphone, and he appeared to gently block her with his arm.

Acosta called Sanders' statement "a lie".

In response to the incident, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement on Twitter saying Acosta placed his hands on the intern and his pass was being suspended "until further notice". She provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened.

"It was an internal decision", Gidley said. "Jim Acosta has our full support".

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An association representing the Washington press corps urged the White House to immediately reverse "this weak and misguided action".

Some say he was simply gesturing and landed on an unfortunately positioned arm.

Another added: "This is a new low even for you".

During the press conference, Acosta aggressively questioned Trump; when Trump tried to move on to other reporters, Acosta continued to ask questions, and both men interrupted each other repeatedly.

"They're actually not, because part of me will say this to everybody, I don't know how long I could be a nice person if I got my face yelled at constantly that I was fake and a liar and a bad person", Goldberg countered.

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When NBC reporter Peter Alexander took the mic for the next question, he defended Mr Acosta as a "diligent reporter" - earning Mr Trump's ire.

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'I think you should let me run the country and you run CNN, ' he snapped.

That's when Acosta interjected and attempted to ask another question, about indictments in the Russian Federation investigation.

During Wednesdays White House news conference, Acosta and Trump sparred over a question of whether Trump had "demonized immigrants" by calling a caravan of Central American migrants "an invasion".

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'CNN should be ashamed of itself having you work for them.

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