Yesterday, Seth MacFarlane took “conservative news entitities” to task for failing to adequately defend CNN’s Jim Acosta after the White House revoked Acosta’s press pass:
In 2009, the Obama administration tried to exclude Fox News from the press pool. They backed down after strong protests from the rest of the press, who saw it as unjust, and defended Fox News. It’s very telling that we see no conservative news entities defending CNN today.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) November 8, 2018
It’s nice that MacFarlane actually acknowledges that Barack Obama could be plenty hostile toward the press, but putting the Trump administration’s bruising of Jim Acosta’s ego on the same level as Obama’s exclusion of Fox News is pretty disingenuous.
Not sure if your statement is exactly correct. This was an individual, not a network.
— WE0209 (@Pro_Nuke) November 9, 2018
Difference between one reporter and an entire agency
— Simplynader (@Simplynader_) November 8, 2018
CNN hasn’t been excluded, just Jim Acosta
— DelcoHawaii&Back (@delcohawaii) November 9, 2018
Well that is because CNN isn't excluded, only @Acosta, they could assign another reporter and be in.
— Joe, 1/1024th Zulu Warrior (@joemtheoddball) November 9, 2018
Probably because CNN isn’t losing their rights – only Acosta. If CNN lost their ability to cover WH events, then yes, an outcry would be deserved. However, this is about the behavior of one reporter in particular.
— Always Right (@RepubGirlNW) November 9, 2018
The difference is Fox News had done nothing to be excluded. Acosta refused to give up the mic to the WH intern. https://t.co/F9vFOa8hdg
— Kathleen McKinley (@KatMcKinley) November 9, 2018
.@SethMacFarlane There's little similarity in this WH vs Press encounter. Obama tried to bar the ENTIRE .@FoxNews pool, .@realDonaldTrump singled out ONE 'journalist' .@Acosta to suspend for WHCA Rules & Procedures violation. .@CNN's April Ryan's status was unaffected.
— Institute for Logic in Politics (@InstituteLogPol) November 9, 2018
Also, it's not an entire network being banned this time. It's one individual who continually refuses to act with respect for other reporters, respect towards @PressSec or @POTUS and cannot act with proper press briefing decorum. @Acosta is a rude, argumentative jerk.
— Mark A Massingill (@MarkAMassingil1) November 9, 2018
And by the way:
Brit Hume from Fox News has come forward and said the revocation of the press pass is wrong
— Kathy Simonet (@SimonetKathy) November 9, 2018
Also worth noting: As far as we know, Donald Trump has yet to sic the government on individual journalists who get in the way of his narrative. The same can’t be said of his predecessor.