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Opinion: CNN’s Jim Acosta is making himself, and not actual news, the story

As President Donald Trump points to CNN's Jim Acosta, a White House aide takes the microphone from him during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump held a press conference on Wednesday to recap the midterms. The president took almost 90 minutes to answer 68 questions from 35 reporters.

Unfortunately, some in the press chose to turn the press conference into a zoo. The behavior of CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta stood out in particular. After the president called on Acosta and answered his question, Acosta refused to give up the microphone. He physically blocked a White House intern who tried taking the mic, so others could ask a question and then he continued to shout at the president of the United States.

A free and fair press is an absolute cornerstone of our democracy. Americans have the right to showboat and be disruptive. Other reporters have done this in the past. But to be invited to question the president on White House grounds is a privilege. It is not right.

The White House responded to Acosta by suspending his ability to enter White House grounds, something the Secret Service is well within their right to do. You better believe that if any other citizen acted as wildly at a White House event as Acosta did, and has done many times in the past, they would not be invited back for a while, if ever.

There is undoubtedly a personal animosity from some members of the White House press corps toward President Trump and his administration. Sadly, that explains much of the negative bias in the coverage of this White House.

Here is the bottom line: we should be talking today about the news, not about the antics of those whose job is to report the news.

There are plenty of great, impartial reporters out there, it is their work in covering actual news that deserves notice and attention.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.

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