All the hosts generally agreed that no assault took place when Acosta and the female intern sparred over a microphone.
Acosta said in a tweet late on Wednesday he had been denied entry into the White House by the Secret Service. "The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is terrible", he said, referring to his press secretary.
Tell us what you think! A White House intern tried to step in and take the mic from Acosta, but when he held onto it, she backed away.
"I understand", Alexander said, attempting to ask a question.
Despite the video's dubious origins, Sanders doubled down in a White House statement on Thursday saying "The question is: did the reporter make contact or not?" He called reporters rude, hostile, unfair.
As more clashes with reporters followed, Trump, exasperated but energised, summed up what is sure to be repeated at the rallies where chants of "CNN sucks!" have become a favorite chorus.
In an unprecedented move, the White House has suspended the credentials of a senior CNN journalist for his "disgusting and outrageous" behaviour, hours after he had a testy exchange with President Donald Trump during a marathon news conference. "The intern reached over Acosta to grab the microphone while he was trying to ask another q and Acosta tried to pull away".
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Ms. Hostin gave an example that if she was holding a coffee cup, and then someone struck the cup, that would constitute battery because the cup "is an extension of me".
"Plenty to criticize Acosta about", Ross wrote, "but he did not "place his hands" on the intern".
Other Twitter users showed Sanders' video side-by-side with the original broadcast to argue the one she posted had been doctored.
Sanders' video justification of Acosta's behavior originated with Paul Joseph Watson, a figurehead in the far-right who works for InfoWars. "We stand by our statement", Sanders said in a statement.
During the heated exchange, the US President accused the CNN reporter of being the "enemy of the people".
Press freedom groups also weighed in. "While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn obligation to protect it", CNN added. "Revoking access to the White House complex is a reaction out of line to the purported offense and is unacceptable". The White House Correspondent Association has put out a statement condemning the White House's approach, and I stand with that.
Acosta shared a terse rebuttal to Sanders' claim, tweeting, "This is a lie".