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The Fight Between The White House And CNN’s Jim Acosta Seems To Be Over

CNN reporter Jim Acosta is back in the White House asking the president tough questions. Acosta, a seasoned reporter, recently lost his credentials when he challenged President Trump on his description of the migrant caravan. The sudden revocation of his press pass triggered immediate backlash and a lawsuit against the administration. The lawsuit argued that taking the press pass away violated Acosta’s First and Fifth Amendment rights. A judge ordered the White House to reinstate the press pass and they agreed leading CNN to drop their lawsuit.

Here’s the questioning that led to Jim Acosta losing his press credentials.

Acosta was at a press conference with the president the day after the midterm elections. Insiders are the White House told media that the president was visibly angery by the Democratic victories securing the House of Representatives. When Acosta confronted the president about his demonization of immigrants, Trump lashed out and the White House would later suspend his press credentials.

Trump’s interactions with media professionals have drawn criticism and backlash in the past. Trump reserves his particularly angry outbursts for women reporters of color, like Abby Phillip. The CNN reporter asked Trump if his decision to appoint Matthew Whittaker was to rein in the Mueller probe. Trumps response: “What a stupid question that is. What a stupid question. I watch you a lot, you ask a lot of stupid questions.”

For now it seems like the freedom of the press and the First Amendment trumped the White House’s desire to freeze out Acosta.

The decision to reinstate Jim Acosta to the press briefings played out on the internet as you’d expect.

People on both sides of the issue came out to share their opinions on the lawsuit and the will he or won’t he matter of restoring Acosta to the press briefings.

A few people threw around the idea of an Acosta only press briefing.

If that were to happen, the White House would probably just cancel the press conference. Meanwhile, millions of Americans would tune in just to see how it all goes down.

Other people believe that the White House will try to make an example out of him.

One of the things the White House stipulated is that reporters can now only ask one question at a time. It’s their way of keeping reporters in line. If they ask more than one question, they face getting their pass revoked.

The fact the White House used resources to go after a journalist has angered many people concerned with the real issues.

It does seem like money that could have been better spent on other issues impacting the lives of Americans domestic and abroad.

People are letting their anger be known on social media.

The current administration has a history of trying to stand up against journalists holding their feet to the fire.

Despite all of the drama, a lot of people are cheering for Acosta and his tough questions.

Keep up the fight for the freedom of the press and the right to question the government, Jim.


READ: What I, A Cuban-American, Learned By Watching The Elián González Documentary On CNN

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The Miami Herald Apologizes For Including Racist, Anti-Semitic Insert In Newspaper

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The Miami Herald Apologizes For Including Racist, Anti-Semitic Insert In Newspaper

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Readers of the Miami Herald and the El Nuevo Herald noticed a racist and anti-Semitic insert in one of the latest editions. The column in the insert compared BLM activists to Nazis while talking down about the Jewish community.

The Miami Herald recently published a racist and anti-Semitic insert.

The offensive piece, written by Cuban exile Roberto Luque Escalona, received harsh and immediate backlash. Escalona expresses his displeasure for the Jewish community and those seeking racial justice by joining BLM with one column.

“What kind of people are these Jews” writes Escalona. He then continues to “teach” Jewish people the history of the Holocaust and claims that BLM supporters are worse than the Nazis during Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, because the Nazis simply destroyed things and didn’t steal.

The newspaper has apologized for the insert going so far as to admit that it was not properly vetted and that “internal failures” were at play.

According to an open letter, higher ups at the Miami Herald admit to the insert not being read and vetted by the staff. The obvious overlook led to a 40-page insert of right-wing propaganda to be distributed to the readers of both the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. Since the publication, the Miami Herald claims to have ended their relationship with Libre, the insert with the racist and anti-Semitic content.

Those responsible at the Miami Herald admitted to not reading the insert before it was distributed.

“We are deeply sorry that inflammatory, racist and anti-Semitic commentary reached our el Nuevo Herald subscribers through LIBRE, a Spanish-language publication that paid our company to have the product printed and inserted into our print edition as a weekly supplement,” reads part of an open letter to readers. “The fact that no one in leadership, beginning with us, had previously read this advertising insert until this issue was surfaced by a reader is distressing. It is one of a series of internal failures that we are investigating in order to prevent this from ever recurring.”

Readers are outraged that the newspaper would allow such offensive things to be published and distributed.

The right-wing conspiracies pushed by Libre are part of a larger Spanish-language disinformation campaign targeting Cubans in southern Florida. The community has been inundated with disinformation ahead of the 2020 election preying on the fears and ignorance within the staunchly conservative Cuban community.

“It’s difficult to measure the effect exactly, but the polling sort of shows it and in focus groups it shows up, with people deeply questioning the Democrats, and referring to the ‘deep state’ in particular — that there’s a real conspiracy against the president from the inside,” Eduardo Gamarra, a pollster and director of the Latino Public Opinion Forum at Florida International University, told Politico. “There’s a strain in our political culture that’s accustomed to conspiracy theories, a culture that’s accustomed to coup d’etats.”

The disinformation is targeting Cubans because of the growing Latino communities who tend to vote Democratic.

According to Politico, the campaign is Cuban specific. The Puerto Rican, Nicaraguan, Colombian, Venezuelan, and Dominican communities in Florida, which continue to grow, typically vote Democratic. These shifting demographics have left Republicans doing anything it takes to keep a strong hold of the Cuban community, even by means of racism, anti-Semitism, and disinformation.

READ: Politicians Need To Stop Assuming That The Latino Vote Is A Monolith Because It Is Not The Truth

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Latinos For Trump Posted A Collage Of Flag For Hispanic Heritage Month And Got Some Wrong

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Latinos For Trump Posted A Collage Of Flag For Hispanic Heritage Month And Got Some Wrong

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Latinos for Trump has long been a confusing organization in the Latino community. President Donald Trump has built his administration and brand to be squarely against people of color. Now, the Latinos for Trump group caused a stir when they posted a collage of flags that are not quite right.

Latinos for Trump really thought they had something when they posted their Hispanic Heritage Month collage.

The first, and most obvious mistake, is that the Mexican flag is backwards. The flag is supposed to be green, white, and red in that order. As we can all see, the collage has a Mexican flag that is red, white, and green. The eagle is even facing the wrong way so someone literally flipped the flag the wrong way.

Of course, some people tried to make sense of the bizarre Mexican flag snafu.

Last year, the Trump administration announced that it was cutting aid to three countries in Central America. The countries were El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Fox & Friends picked up the story but told their audience that Trump was cutting aid to “3 Mexican countries.” Perhaps this Twitter user is right and the Latinos for Trump are trying to suggest the existence of other Mexicos.

Someone else pointed out the issues with the Guatemalan flag in the top right corner.

People are very defensive about their cultural heritage and national origin. Messing up someone’s flag is a very serious issue for people. Just ask a Cuban or Puerto Rican about people confusing their flags. It is never a good thing.

Some people fixed the image for them so the organization can see what it should have looked like.

Good, clean lines with all of the flags facing the right way. The creator even changed the message in the middle for the Latino community. It is clear that social media is still willing to show up and teach a couple of lessons here and there.

Others had a more direct message for Latinos for Trump.

We all know that social media is where things go to be manipulated and made fun of. It is very important that if you make something for social media that you take good care to make sure that you check all of the right boxes and execute your work right the first time.

READ: In A Seriously Awkward Announcement, Vice President Pence Went To Florida To Launch A ‘Latinos For Trump’ Coalition

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