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November 18, 2018

Folks in the media have their shorts in a wad because the White House suspended the press pass for Showboat Jim Acosta of CNN, who seems to think he’s the only reporter in the room. He hogs the camera, and recently held onto the White House microphone like Alec Baldwin holds onto a parking place, even to the point of pushing away a young female White House intern who was simply trying to give the microphone to another reporter since Acosta had not only asked more questions than he was allowed, but kept talking and interrupting the President.  Watch:  (play SOT)

CNN, which is now the Cry-baby News Network, went full drama and screamed that the 1st amendment was being threatened…in fact, democracy itself was at risk because one incredibly rude and selfish reporter at CNN was finally being held accountable for irresponsible and disrespectful behavior. 

 

Let’s get something straight.  The 1st amendment is not threatened because one reporter loses press credentials for being a total jerk and violating every norm of journalistic integrity. His job is to report the story instead of trying to become the story as Showboat Jim does.  Most of us learned in kindergarten that you raise your hand and speak when called on, but when the teacher is finished answering the question, you sit down. 


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The 1st amendment protects the press from the government telling them what they can or can’t say.  No one has threatened Acosta or his ever declining and discredited network from saying what they say.  If so, they wouldn’t be allowed to say so much of their crazy stuff.  The government hasn’t censored CNN.  The public pretty much is by tuning them out in record numbers, but they can still say what they want, no matter how nutty or biased it is. 

 

The President isn’t required by law to have ANY press events.  Even his critics  concede that he’s been more accessible than any other President.  In the news conference last week, he took 68 questions from 35 different reporters for over an hour and half.  How can the press say with a straight face they don’t have access?   But while the press is free to ask any question they want, they are NOT free to demand the answer they want.  They are talking to the elected President of the United States.  If he gives an answer, it may not be what they hoped he would say, but he isn’t required to satisfy their hopes for a mis-statement or to agree with them.  In fact, CNN’s Acosta didn’t even ask a question—he said, “Mr. President, I challenge you…”  Sorry Jumping Jim, but if you want to actually challenge the President, then put you name on the ballot, run for President, and if you make it to the debate stage, then “challenge” him all you want.  But stop pretending to be a journalist who’s defending the freedom of the press and our democracy.  Guys like Jim Acosta and his network aren’t journalists—they are political hitmen; advocates for a very pointed political side.  There are dozens of people in that room.  They all want to ask questions.  Most don’t get called on.  If they do, they respectfully ask one question and maybe a relevant follow-up, but don’t grab the microphone away from the staff.  When he touched the young lady just trying to do her job by getting the microphone away from him before he swallowed it, he crossed several lines and the WH did the right thing by putting him in time out--just like one has to do with those who are or who act like 5 year olds.  CNN can still send reporters to the White House and they do.  For them to pretend their network is being barred is as Fake News as some of the other stories they run.  Here’s an inconvenient truth:  Freedom of the press isn’t threatened because President Trump calls their hand when they want to debate him rather than report.  It IS threatened when the press stops gathering hard facts and reporting them and takes a side and tries to persuade the audience to take their view.  And that’s why so many Americans don’t trust the media anymore.  And for Jim Acosta, I think he needs to stay in time out for a while.

 

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  • Donald Marillier

    11/22/2018 05:12 AM

    Very well put indeed. I would go so far as to say that CNN should be banned because of it's obvious propaganda agenda, it is an extremely dangerous organization.

  • Dick Loew

    11/19/2018 11:47 PM

    Huckabee! I follow your articles and many times react and "proclaim" to self that I'm going to get involved, never do but then Alas! here comes Acosta! All thru the years in watching the group that gathers wanting & waiting news from the President there comes an Acosta---and with that type of individual, ---special rules! He is successful in breaking rules and decorum! Most are always within their limits, but an individual like this gives license, so some interpret and with time will follow suit. Get rid of "the" -o- and don't let him come back! He is a disrupter!

  • Eric Letts

    11/19/2018 02:24 PM

    I stand with President Trump. C.N.N.'s bullies along with some of the other news outlets are a bunch of liars ! President Trump, answered that mans question, and it was time for someone else, but no he wants to show boat, and keep the attention to himself ! President Trump did the right thing here.

  • Lynn Hopkins

    11/19/2018 10:14 AM

    President Trump is such an amazing man. He took the (questionable, hearing cloaked in secrecy,) decision of the judge very well. Made lemonade. Now all press will have clear guidelines of behavior. But i like your idea even better, to open the press room to news outlets from across the country. I hope that can happen.

    PS also pleased that the president has been so gracious to the nutty Californians in their time of trial.

  • Susan Shores

    11/19/2018 08:51 AM

    You are correct. The press has gotten out of hand. I am disappointed that Fox went along with them. Thank you for your words and deeds and standing up for what is right and Gods way. Also thank you and your wife for teaching your daughter Sarah the right/Gods way.

  • Kristin Beaumont

    11/19/2018 08:45 AM

    Hi Mike, I am a Canadian, in retired status and thoroughly enjoy your commentary. I am going to post a lot on my facebook page which is turning pretty political. I became aware of you some time ago through television of course, and am happy to continue following you. You have hit it right on about showboat Jim. Many rejoiced when the President stopped him, and I thought the President did it very smartly and with class. I know he wanted to take a nice swing at him but walking away from the mic for a few steps was the right thing to do. I am pleased to see him defending your daughter. She is a keeper. I like how you go straight to the point. It is the way I am but I do not get away with it like you do. God Bless America. We North Americans need to support each other but unfortunately we have a boychild prime minister intent on destroying Canada and turning it into the hands of the other globalist countries. Rock On Mike. God Bless You.

  • Anthony Lucca

    11/19/2018 05:59 AM

    Since a liberal judge doesn't know what the 1st amendment means and has allowed cry baby Jim back in the White House, I have the perfect solution to this problem. President Trump should never call on him ever again. Problem solved.

  • ARTHUR J. JACOBS SR.

    11/19/2018 05:06 AM

    AND MAYBE THIS ACOSTA IS ,
    JUST ANOTHER , ANTICHRIST !
    MANY OUT THERE WHO TAKE A ROLE ! I AM REALIZING HOW POSSIBLE THERE ARE SO MANY WHOM CAN BE A TOOL OF SATAN !

  • ARTHUR J. JACOBS SR.

    11/19/2018 04:56 AM

    AGREE TOTALLY!
    MADE COMMENTS, SOMEWHERE ABOUT THIS ANARCHIST , WHO WORKS FOR A PROPAGANDA PAPER AND MEDIA ! OUT OF CONTROL AND CERTAINLY BELIEVE HE ACCOSTED ( ACOSTA ) THIS STAFFER/INTERN ! JUST FINISHED WATCHING U TUBE WITH PRESIDENT AND WALLACE AND MONICA CROWLEY ( SUCH A GREAT SUPPORTIVE LADY JOURNALIST ) !
    OUR SWAMPS ARE STILL THERE AND THEY EXIST BY COLLUDING WITH DEMOCRATS ( R's & D's ) LOCALLY AS I HAVE WITTNESSED FOR A LONG TIME ! PHILADELPHIA ( A DEMOCRAT STRONGHOLD )AND DELAWARE COUNTY ( REPUBLICAN STRONGHOLD ) HAS AND STILL WORKED HAND IN HAND BOTH CORRUPTED BEYOND IMAGINATION HAVE STALLED DELAYED , AND SABOTAGED , TOGETHER PLANS FOR ECONOMIC EXPANSION AND INCREASED JOBS !
    THEIR LOCAL REPUBLICAN DOMINATED MUNICIPALITY HAS ENJOINED WITH TO ENABLE COMPLETE CONTROL OVER VOTES BUT NO SUPPORT FOR TRUMP ! AND THEY HAVE POURED MILLIONS INTO THIS SMALLTOWN , WASTING THIS MONEY ON UNECESSARY PROJECTS ! WHERE DID THEY GET THIS MONEY ? AND THEY WERE SUPPORTERS OF CLINTON WHEN HE ACTUALLY VISITED THIS INSIGNIFICANT , BUT NOT INSIGNIFICANT SMALLTOWN , A KEY TO UNRAVELING MASSIVE CORRUPTION BY BOTH PARTIES ( PHL AND DEL CTY ) !
    THE SWAMPS HAVE EXISTED HERE LONG BEFORE ( DECADES & DECADES ) REAGAN ! IF THERE SHOULD BE ANY INVESTIGATIONS IT SHOULD START WITH THESE STRONGHOLDS OF POWER , SO CORRUPT AND COLLUDING WITH
    BOTH PARTIES INVOLVED AND POWERFUL ! RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION A WASTE OF MONEY , TIME & A PROPAGANDA TOOL FOR DEMOCRATS AIMED AT THE NEXT ELECTION !
    NOW WE ARE FACED WITH LOSING AN ALLY ( SAUDI ) THROUGH SOME UNBELIEVABLE AND INCONCEIVABLE ACTION BY THEIR KING , BUT NEWS HAS NOT FOCUSED ON THE INTRIGUE GOING ON IN THE MID EAST ! SABOTAGE OF STRONG ALLIES STRENGTH & TIES !
    IRAN , YEMEN , HEZBOLLAH, HAMAS , SYRIA , JOURNALISTS , MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD , TURKEY , ALL AIMING TO OVERTHROW THE SAUDI KING QUICKLY ! AND SURROUNDING , ENCIRCLING ISRAEL FOR THE KILL , THE COUP DE TA ! WE ARE IN DANGEROUS TIMES ! AND MANY THINGS ARE A DISTRACTION AWAY FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS OF OUR CRITICAL TIMES ! MURDER IS ONE THING , BUT IN TIMES OF WAR ,WHICH WE ARE IN NOW AND MUST NOT FORGET , WE ARE IN EVEN MORE GRAVE DANGER INCREASINGLY ! WE MUST REMEMBER THE TIMES OF WW II , WHERE INTRIGUE , SPYS , SABOTAGE , ASSASSINATIONS , AND RESISTANCE GROUPS OF OPPOSITION EXIST PRESENTLY I BELIEVE ! WE ARE IN A STATE OF WAR AND DEMOCRATS ARE AND HAVE BEEN USING EVERY INCIDENT GLOBALLY AND INTERNALLY TO OVERTHROW EVEN OUR OWN ELECTED PRESIDENT , BY ANY MEANS ! IN FOREIGN LANDS AND NOT DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICS WITH FREEDOMS AS WE HAVE DO NOT OPERATE AS OUR CONSTITUTION PROTECTS US , BUT AGAIN KINGDOMS HAVE THE POWER AND THE NEED TO SAVE THEMSELVES FROM OUTSIDE AND INSIDE FORCES BY THEIR MOST EXPEDIENT WAY , METHODS ( NOT GOOD IN OUR EYES AND LAWS AND HORRIBLE ) AND MUCH INTERNAL SABOTAGE AND INTRIGUE , WHICH EVEN WITH CIA NOT CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE , LEAVES MANY QUESTIONS ! WHY WOULD THE KING RISK SUCH A HIGH RISK OPERATION AND JEOPARDIZE THE UNITY OF STRONG ALLIES ' SUPPORT AND GLOBAL OPONION !
    AGAIN , WE ARE ALL ENGAGED IN
    WAR ! AND REAL WAR SUCH AS WW II REVEALS , THAT ACTIONS GOING ON NOW ARE DEMONSTRATING HOW SERIOUSLY CLOSE WE ARE TO LOSING CRITICAL ADVANTAGE , GEOGRAPHICAL AS WELL !

  • Sally Ann Milavec

    11/18/2018 10:10 PM

    I started tweeting because I just didn't feel I could trust or have my time consumed by the bias and deceitful reporting on the news. CNN and Acosta are the perfect examples of the worst offenders. I would love to be able to spend time just hearing President Trump's answers to honest questions that the American public are concerned about. But, I don't ever see that anymore on TV. So, I signed up for TWEET and I love it because I can finally hear Trump straight from him. Then I can decide whether I agree or disagree. People like Acosta are killing the reputation of reporters and national TV news! And we don't have to look or listen, we can choose another outlet. All of the media would benefit by some conduct worthy of respect, TV journalism for the most part has lost that now.

  • Lucille Yuen

    11/18/2018 09:08 PM

    The liberal left is so far out of touch with truth and reality that I don't understand why people still listen to them. I grieve the Left has moved our homeland into diatribe and anarchy. It's their commitment to remake the United States of America into a Communist country. Destroying our foundations, our sense of decency, and our morals is the path to that end. President Trump did right to ban him from press conferences. He's a boor and doesn't deserve to be there.

  • debbie graham

    11/18/2018 08:49 PM

    I don't think Trump actually answered Acosta's question which is why Acosta got upset . I'd like to hear your side....
    Acosta wanted to know why Trump ran that ad about the immigrants and Trump danced all around the bush and never really answered the question. I support Trump but sometimes he does spin things and twist things around.

  • Retha Basfotd

    11/18/2018 08:47 PM

    A big, AMEN!! You hit the nail on the head!!

  • James greene

    11/18/2018 08:08 PM

    I live in California I personally know many illegals who vote also I have yet to meet a person who wanted the gas tax yet some how it passed God made California it is beautiful state some beautiful people here please pray is there any thing can be done to stop illegals from voting? Investigate this gas tax vote?

  • Patricia McMahon

    11/18/2018 08:07 PM

    Those were very relevant remarks. I hope the White House does write some serious guidelines.
    Or in the case of Jim Acosta "Rules of Engagement". Press Briefings Should Not Be Televised. Jumping Jim probably wouldn't attend. If a reporter gets out of hand, then the response should
    be "Thank you ladies and gentlemen; this press briefing is over." I'm sure the White House Press
    Corps would intervene if the same person(s) caused everybody grief when they couldn't ask their
    questions several times. No body likes a jerk. Like I said, Acosta wouldn't attend, if he couldn't
    be a "televised star".

  • Marie Dahl

    11/18/2018 07:57 PM

    Right on Governor!! I love to read your commentary.

  • Mary Anne Berry

    11/18/2018 07:46 PM

    As regards to Acosta...I tend to think of due process as being applied to someone that has broken the law, and last I checked, being a jerk didn't count. However, I DO recognize that in the work environment, firings and disagreements have to follow a "due process" procedure to protect the employer and employee. Acosta isn't an employee of the White House. Again, I don't understand how due process follows. If a guest at my house was acting like an idiot and I chose to "kick them out", I wouldn't feel obligated to follow due process. It's my house. The White House is the "house" of the people and Mr. Trump is the elected representative/leader of the people. Seems to me he would be entitled to "kick out" someone that was behaving like an idiot from the people's house. He didn't eliminate ALL of the reporters...just the rude one. The whole thing is so ridiculous, most of the American people are just plain fed up. As my grandmother used to say, "There's no shame in being poor, but being dirty and not using your manners is!"

  • Jack macdonald

    11/18/2018 07:46 PM

    You cam sum up j acosta in 3 words, "he's an ASS".

  • Vera Cleek

    11/18/2018 06:43 PM

    I love you TV program!! I'm excited to see you guest hosting on Fox News. God bless you, your family and also Sarah. Thank you for standing up for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!!!

  • Dan Archer

    11/18/2018 05:49 PM

    Mike I have urged the President in several writings to stop any televised press conferences. As things stand now Sarah is in real danger from these nuts who never learned civility in any manner.Starting immediately after his inaugration I have urged the President to stop these crazy dog and pony shows with CNN and others. The only thing President Trump must do is deliver a state of the union to the Hill. Anything else is totally voluntary on his part. Please urge Sarah to encourage the President to stop anything other than written question and answers from the press. If the President wants to do more he can invite those that follow rules of proper human deportment into the Oval office to ask what they will. Or he can shout over the helicopters, this seems to work fine for him overall. But to continue the current way is nuts and demeaning to law abiding people worldwide.

  • Mary Pfadenhauer

    11/18/2018 05:47 PM

    Why are many in our nation stooping to such lows as entitlement thinking in so many arenas? Why is there no respect for the President and other elected officials, even if we don't agree with them, they should be respected. Why are many in our nation so blind to all the economic progress that President Trump has made? Why are many so critical of his every move, his every word, his every action, no matter who is benefiting from his compassion, love for Veterans, love for hurting families of victims of horrible crimes, desire to give those who are imprisioned and facing the end of their sentence a second chance to make good choices and become a valuable part of society again? I could go on, but I just don't understand it. I am thankful for all the accomplishments that our President has made over the past nearly two years in office. His strength and determination is amazing. He speaks from his heart, and I know that he has to be tired of the constant chipping away at his desire to make America Great Again. I hope that others will pray more often for him and those who work with him. I know that I will. Thank you for all that you do Mr. Huckabee.

  • George Kimbrell

    11/18/2018 05:43 PM

    CNN can send other reporters. Why does it have to be Acosta who is so selfish, rude and arrogant? Just barring one reporter for such ridiculous behavior and rudeness I don't feel would be a violation of freedom of the press.

  • Mike Smith

    11/18/2018 04:56 PM

    Hi Mike,
    I had an idea about the press credentials for the whiner at CNN. They should be returned to him but with the word "VOID" stamped in bright red letters across the face of the pass. ( maybe even with a Sharpie applied moustache and goatee for good measure! :)

  • Georgina Molnar

    11/18/2018 04:33 PM

    Mike all I can say is the the LORD has a special place up in Heaven for your Daughter Sarah for putting Jim Acosta, I love your Sarah and loved how Sarah would put some of those reporters in their place in a very nice way. I was so happy to he when Jim was removed from the White House. Sorry to hear that he is returning so soon. I would be sitting watching him put on his show every day it was terrible to watch it.
    I miss Sarah's news conferences but I can see why they put a stop to it because of Costa's drama.