Mike Huckabee Teams Up with Daughter for Incredible Interview, Utterly Destroy Jim Acosta
Sure, he may have gotten his press pass back, but Jim Acosta needs to acquire some big boy pants. That’s, at least, the message from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who lambasted the CNN journalist in an interview on Fox News.
On Friday, Sanders sat down with her father, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (I wonder how he ever landed that interview) and talked about the recent suspension and court-ordered reinstatement of the combative White House correspondent.
Acosta, readers will remember, had his press pass revoked after refusing to give up the microphone during a rant about migrant caravans coming to the United States through Mexico, and how they weren’t really an “invasion.”
President Donald Trump indicated Acosta’s time for questioning was up and a White House intern attempted to take the microphone from Acosta. What happened next has sparked endless debate, but suffice it to say an altercation ensued that shouldn’t have and his press pass was revoked.
Cue court case, cue ruling, cue Acosta back in the White House.
And there he’ll stay, Sanders said, provided he can act his age. If not, she advises his network to get someone else.
“There are some standard practices” to be a White House correspondent, Sanders said.
“The very basic minimum is that if certain reporters like Jim Acosta can’t be adults, then CNN needs to send somebody in there who can be.”
She added that “like President Trump said, we support a free press. But freedom of the press doesn’t mean freedom to be disruptive, or freedom to be rude, or freedom to interrupt and impede the ability of other reporters” to ask questions.
Part of the judge’s ruling also dealt with the lack of standards spelled out for White House correspondents, something that Sanders said the administration is working on.
“We’ve laid out in a letter to CNN and their team what we think were some of the missteps their reporter made at the press conference on Nov. 7,” Sanders said.
“We expect to see a response from that. Look, the judge, I think, was actually very clear that the White House has the ability to say you can’t come in, you don’t have — freedom of the press doesn’t mean freedom to the White House.”
Sanders noted the judge said “there has to be due process. And that’s what we’re doing. And we’ll see what happens from there.”
Sanders seemed to be echoing a less curt version of what the president said about Acosta’s reinstatement: If he misbehaves, he’s out of there.
“What they said though, is that we have to create rules and regulations for conduct, etc. etc.,” the president said in a Fox News interview with Chris Wallace scheduled to air Sunday.
“We’re doing that, were going to write them up right now. It’s not a big deal and if he misbehaves we’ll throw him out or we’ll stop the news conference.”
Of course, there were plenty of people who doubted Acosta’s ability to behave:
WH is ready… pic.twitter.com/jUEYEvULnA
— Pete Hegseth (@PeteHegseth) November 17, 2018
Oh, come on. I think we can all agree he’s at least up to a booster seat.
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