I managed a video department in the D.C. area where we interviewed federal politicians in their offices as well as in the field, as well as a variety of activist newsmakers. The reporters who answered to me knew I expected everyone they interviewed be treated with respect and politeness. I always produced the video of these people in their entirety as to always avoid the appearance of got’cha, deceptive editing which sadly and routinely occurs on the profession and amateur level.
That said, the Obama Administration was treated and treated the media differently than the Trump administration.
But the media has been consistent with President Trump: rude, hostile and unfair.
CNN reporter Jim Acosta on Wednesday denied the White House’s claim that he became physical with a young female White House intern during a heated exchange earlier that day with President Trump.
“I didn’t put my hands on her or touch her as they’re alleging. It’s unfortunate the White House is saying this,” Acosta said on CNN. “I think I handled myself professionally.”
Video shows the White House intern attempting to take the microphone from Acosta while he was asking Trump a question about a Central American migrant caravan heading north to the U.S. As the intern tried to grab the mic, Acosta said, “pardon me, ma’am” and continued to try to ask his question. Acosta’s hand appeared to brush the intern’s arm during the exchange.
— The Hill, 11/7/18
With that, had any of the reporters who worked for me had an opportunity to ask questions of the President of the United States, I would have expected the questions be respectful. I was not a supporter of President Obama, but he would’ve been treated with the respect the office demanded. Had a reporter working for me treated President Trump in the manner CNN’s Jim Acosta behaved, I would have fired that reporter; one to send a message to the other reporters working for me but also to assure the White House that such unprofessional conduct was not being tolerated. The press credential of not only that reporter but our entire organization would be in potential peril and deservedly so.