Transcript for Major networks back CNN and Jim Acosta
You know, the media is rallying around CNN’s lawsuit against the white house for pulling Jim Acosta’s press pass including you know whose network, fox News. That has to be shocking to him. Do you think he’ll start calling them fake news too or does he need someplace to go. I’m not surprised at all. I worked at fox for years. There’s two opinions, the opinions and the news division. They’ve proved that they are not a mouthpiece for the white house. I’m talking about the new side. Bret Baier, Martha Maccallum, shep Smith. They are the best in the business and I think the message they were sending is we care about the first amendment. We care about democracy and we want to make that loud and clear and frankly if it’s a Democrat in office the next time around you want to make sure you keep that consistent because that could happen to somebody else. Let’s hope not. I think probably what would also — not force them but, you know, move them to do it is because he also — trump said after pulling Jim’s pass, he said as far as I’m concerned I haven’t made that decision, meaning pulling others. It could be others also. And I think people started thinking, oh my goodness, what if our Cecilia Vega gets pulled because ABC news is supporting Jim and CNN. He turned on her one day. And what if it happens to Peter Alexander and shep. What I found interesting in reading the briefs and reading about the arguments, remember the white house and Sarah Sanders in particular said Jim Acosta struck that young girl. Yeah. He assaulted her. Not true. Disseminating that doctored video. That argument was not made at all in court. They completely abandoned that argument and I thought that that said a lot. That said a lot. We’ve never seen press conferences like these, the ones that he has. Some people say when he attacks one of the reporters or when Sarah Sanders lies which she does for the president, that they should all walk out. I don’t think that would work because they’ll say, good, we don’t have to be accountable to the press. But what I would suggest to them and it’s probably not original but if one of them asks a question and they don’t get the answer, the next one should ask, the next one, the next one. They’re certainly more united together and I do wonder what this judge is going to do because the question really is, can the white house just summarily do something like this and really that’s not the standard. No. Here’s the problem because he’s pissed, according to what he was arguing, because he’s rude. He said Acosta’s rude and is it freedom of the press when somebody starts screaming questions and won’t sit down? Uh, look — the bottom line is the press’s job is to press you. Yeah. It’s their job. That’s what they’re supposed to do. They’re not always nice, and neither are you, okay? So let’s put it in perspective. I never connected the word press before until you said that. But that’s what they’re supposed to. That’s their job. Jim Acosta pressed everybody. That’s his job. Yeah, that’s what people forget about Jim. I mean, he was — you know, he covered the war in Iraq from Baghdad. He also — his father is a Cuban refugee and he actually went to Cuba on Cuban soil and pressed Raul Castro about the human rights violation. This is what he does and this is what every great reporter does. You speak truth to power and you ask those questions. And this president just doesn’t like it. What he does not like is he does not like to be asked questions he doesn’t want to answer, and quite honestly, we don’t care as the American public whether you like answering. No president wants to be pressed. No. Obama has said he didn’t like the white house — You want it to be a smooth ride but that’s not the real world. That’s their job, and if you can’t handle it, get out of the kitchen, man. He cannot handle it. He cannot handle any of the stress that he’s going through right now. It’s crazy. I think that trump needs to resign soon because I’m worried about his health. Get out. One thing I love about this country is the balance of power and thank goodness we have a balance of power but the role of the press and the role of the white house because you need both to survive and we need a healthy system that works. But I was going to mention Reagan because looking back there were a number of exchange between Ronald Reagan and the press and you know what he did? He had fun with it. He would make jokes and take it a different place. You’ve got to be savvy with them — Bush did the same thing. You’ve got to learn how to work with them. You have to have a sense of humor to recognize that. Be self-deprecating. We’ll be right back.
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