Jim Acosta visibly pushed the White House interns arm away
After the White House suspended CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass following a disrespectful exchange with President Trump, the media has turned it into a circus debate of ‘who touched the intern?’
Acosta, who visibly pushed the White House interns arm away as she attempted to retrieve the microphone, has now become a ‘hot topic’ for debate on the mainstream media.
According to Trump’s Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Acosta placed “his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.”
Didn’t see that one coming did you?! Acosta answered by calling the accusation ‘a lie.’
According to RT: The CNN correspondent was refusing to give up the microphone, a female White House intern attempted to take the microphone off him.
She was a bit snatchy; he was overly-determined to keep hold of the mic, the two came into very brief contact in the strictly non-Weinstein sense of the word, then it was over. Watch the video.
One of the reasons is that in the current political climate, it doesn’t really matter what the video shows, or what actually happened because political ideology will drive peoples’ conclusions.
On the one hand, you have the White House making accusations of hands being placed inappropriately which seems a little strong, but is good enough for right-wing pundits to take at face value and run with.
Then, rather than rise above the bait, some liberal commentators decide to counter by claiming that actually, it was the intern that touched Acosta!
One even made a Monday Night Football style slow-mo analysis to make the point.
The person who really deserves sympathy is the intern.
She attempted to do her job, didn’t get the mic and will now have to answer questions about whether she felt she was touched inappropriately.
If she says ‘yes’ she will upset the press corp and the Trump-hating left who would normally be on her side in issues of consent.
If she says no, she’ll make the White House look stupid and upset Trump.
She is a victim of the polarisation of politics when truth is not what you see, but what you need it to be.
In the meantime, Trump manages to divert attention from a wobbly economy and the fact he just lost control of the House, and Acosta gets a few publicity points too.