That’s fairly literal, this time. CNN‘s “star” reporter on the White House beat, Jim Acosta, struck a White House intern who was trying to do her job. Since then, CNN has denied—and it’s actually serious about it—that the strike ever occurred.
“She [White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders] provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened,” CNN said.
The blow was delivered during a presser President Donald Trump was holding and near the end of a contentious exchange between Trump and Acosta. During such pressers and as a normal part of presser procedure, reporters wishing to ask questions are called on by the President and handed a microphone so that the President, all the other reporters in the room, and especially all of us in TV-land watching can hear the reporter’s question. The intern, as was her job, had approached Acosta to take the microphone that had been handed him on being called on so that, his turn having ended, she could pass it to the next reporter, that person having just been called on.
Acosta refused to give up the microphone, and when the intern tried to grab it anyway, he chopped down on her arm with his free hand. That’s clear in the video Fox News has included in its piece (the link above) on the incident. The intern’s approach and Acosta’s hitting her begins at about 0:22 of the video.
That video clearly shows Acosta striking the intern as she tried to do her job. Not a hard blow, certainly, but Acosta striking the woman at all is unacceptable. Bad as that is, though, CNN‘s pride in and open lie about Acosta’s misbehavior is worse—CNN seems to be validating its reporters getting physical with anyone who gets in their way, including others trying to do their job.