CBS’s Major Garrett Knocks Acosta: I Give Up the Mic When the President Asks

Washington Free Beacon | 6/27/2017 | David Rutz
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BY: David Rutz

CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett implicitly criticized colleague Jim Acosta's conduct in a new interview, noting he gave up the microphone when told to by the president at a recent press conference.

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He said in a separate interview that the Obama administration would "demonize" Fox News when he worked there, saying there was a precedent to White Houses attacking news organizations.

Garrett addressed the situation involving Acosta and CNN, who scored a victory on Friday in their lawsuit over the revocation of Acosta's press pass. A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order to force the White House to give it back, ruling Acosta's due process rights were violated.

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Acosta, who often runs afoul of Trump and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, refused to give up the microphone to a White House intern while aggressively questioning the president about the migrant caravan and Russia last week. His hand grazed the intern's arm, leading the White House to charge he placed his hands on her in an unacceptable fashion and revoking his pass. Acosta denied it, and other news outlets, including Fox News, stood with him in his lawsuit.

Garrett told conservative radio host Larry O'Connor he had asked difficult questions of all four presidents he had covered—Trump, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton—and while he said he didn't want to criticize how his colleagues acted, he agreed with O'Connor's point that there was a code of conduct for reporters at the White House.

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"It's the most majestic political place in America," he said in a clip flagged by Mediaite.

He noted at a Rose Garden press conference that he thought Trump had called on him, but it turned out Trump meant to call on Kaitlan Collins, coincidentally of CNN, so Garrett gave up the microphone.

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