- - Monday, November 19, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I have witnessed televised presidential press conferences going back to the days of President Eisenhower, and in all those years I have never seen behavior as disgusting as what I saw during the Nov. 7 White House briefing involving CNN’s Jim Acosta (“White House again threatens Acosta’s pass; CNN seeks hearing,” Web, Nov. 19). In fact, based upon those actions, Mr. Acosta deserves permanent White House press-pass revocation.

Press corps protocol and professional decorum rules are being formalized, and thus the White House is finally laying down the law on the allegedly “professional” reporters in this press corps.

The time has therefore arrived to bluntly say we’ve had enough with these high-handed, entitled, narcissistic journalists who grandstand for the cameras. And the first rule of this upcoming White House dictum should read: You get one question, no follow-ups.

EARL BEAL

Terre Haute, Ind.

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