To confuse the public, the White House has even gone to the extent of releasing a doctored videotape of the encounter that makes Acosta's actions look more aggressive and misconstrues what happened. Setting up videos to make someone look guilty is Castro territory.
What country is this again?
Before he became president, Trump enjoyed largely positive (and trivial) coverage about his wealth, his television show and his celebrity. Later, on the campaign trail, he commanded the media's attention with one outrageous claim after another that he milked for maximum exposure.
But Trump the president has been on the warpath with the media from day one, infamously referring to journalists as "the enemy of the people." Every time he doesn't like reporting or opinion on an issue, he calls it "fake news." He has sought to intimidate journalists by saying he'll take away broadcast licenses and strengthen libel laws. Annoyed at losing Republican control of the House in the midterm elections, he has gone on epic rants on Twitter that have become even more unhinged.
The hatred toward the media he's fueling is dangerous -- and, if Americans value their freedom, they shouldn't stand for it.
CNN has filed a lawsuit, backed by 12 news organizations including Trump-friendly Fox News, seeking to have Acosta reinstated to his post and arguing that his removal constitutes a violation of his First Amendment rights to freely report on government. Call and write to the White House and let them know this isn't how an American president, who is supposed to be the chief defender of our freedoms, should behave. Tweet to the president, @realDonaldTrump, that you #StandWithAcosta.
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