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NABJ Calls for Reinstatement of Reporter's White House Credentials

Thursday, November 8, 2018  
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NABJ Calls for Reinstatement of Reporter's White House Credentials

 

Washington, D.C. (Nov. 8, 2018) -- President Donald Trump's behavior at Wednesday's post-election news conference was unwarranted and unacceptable.
 
NABJ calls for the immediate reinstatement of CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press credentials. NABJ also demands an end to hostilities against the journalism community and to the continuous string of untruths and misinformation that have become staples of the Trump administration's dialogue with the press.
 
Trump's dismissive personal and demeaning attacks on the press are a disgrace to the presidency. The suspension of Acosta's credentials because the president did not like the line of questioning reeks of government behavior in countries that do not support freedom of the press.
 
Acosta's job is to ask questions regardless of how uncomfortable it may make some politicians feel. The American people have a right to know.
 
NABJ's 2017 Journalist of the Year April Ryan and 2013 Emerging Journalist of the Year Yamiche Alcindor were also present at the briefing. When the two questioned the president, Trump was also contentious and dismissive with his responses, calling Alcindor's question "racist."
 
"It's fine to have differences of opinion based on fact, but when those differences are blatant lies or attacks, you cross the line. A journalist's job is to hold the powerful accountable through relevant questions about intent and actions. The expectation is for honest answers," said NABJ Executive Director Drew Berry.
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About the National Association of Black Journalists:
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide.

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