The White House Press Corps Should Stand Up for the First Amendment

Diane Ravitch's blog

At his first press conference since last July, Trump dealt with a variety of questions about his plans. Many of the questions were about the dossier that was leaked to the media, alleging that the Russian government has compromising information about Trump’s personal and financial affairs. The allegations have not been verified. The document was posted in full by a website called Buzzfeed, and reported by CNN. Trump angrily denounced the dossier as “fake news,” which it may or may not be.

When Jim Acosta of CNN tried to ask a question, Trump refused to acknowledge him, and shouted out “Your Network reports fake news.” When Acosta tried again to ask a question, Trump’s communications director Sean Spicer warned him that he would throw him out if he didn’t stop asking questions.

Everyone in the White House press corps is accredited. CNN is a reputable mainstream network, not Breitbart or…

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