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Fox News Panel Clashes Over Whether Acosta Should Lose His Press Pass: ‘That’s Ridiculous’

As controversy brews over the White House’s decision to strip CNN reporter Jim Acosta of his press pass, justifying the move with a doctored video of his appearance at a media briefing, Fox News panelists sparred over the administration’s handling of the matter.

Appearing on MediaBuzz Sunday, Bustle’s Jessica Tarlov, who is also a contributor at the network, contended that while Acosta “definitely wasn’t following the rules” by persisting with additional questions during last Wednesday’s conference, President Donald Trump was to blame as well.

“Frankly, I think both of them were ill behaved in this exchange. I felt bad for the intern who was put in an uncomfortable position with the president,” she said, referring to the woman who attempted to take the microphone from Acosta as he asked questions.

But The Hill’s Kristin Tate felt the fault was on one side alone.

“Acosta should have lost his press pass a long time ago,” she argued. “This has been going on for way too long. He’s using the briefings to make himself famous and divert attention away from the valuable information that the public wants onto confrontations. It is not fair. He should have been gone a long time ago.”

Tarlov later pointed out that the edited footage of the conference came from Infowars, the propaganda and conspiracy mongering site run by Alex Jones. In reality, Tarlov added, Acosta’s hand on the intern’s arm “was absolutely incidental and you could tell.”

“Most people who are karate chopping are not at the same time saying ‘excuse me, please ma’am, if you could give me a second, I’m not done here.’ That’s not how it’s done.”

Tarlov then pushed back on Tate’s argument that Acosta should have lost his press pass long ago.

“The president is more comfortable with journalists from Infowars than he is from CNN, and for you to say that Jim Acosta should have lost his press pass when he works for CNN, when you look at the kind of people that this administration is fine with, is ridiculous.”

Watch the clip above via Fox News.

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