In a heated moment during U.S. President Donald Trump's post-election press conference, the president attacked CNN journalist Jim Acosta for asking about recent comments the former made about illegal immigration, as well as a controversial campaign video - the president's closing message during the campaign.
The manipulated video was tweeted by Sanders in defense of the White House's decision to revoke Acosta's press pass. Colbert believes that Sanders should face the consequences and step down from her role as press secretary.
"The White House Correspondents' Association strongly objects to the Trump Administration's decision to use US Secret Service security credentials as a tool to punish a reporter with whom it has a hard relationship", the group said.
Mr Acosta asked the president about his reference to migrants travelling towards America as an "invasion". Instead, Acosta continued with a second question about the Russian investigation, which Trump shrugged off with another curt answer. She's gets publicity, and then she gets a pay raise and a contract with I think CNN.
"The fact that the White House press secretary is promoting this doctored video is reprehensible, and grounds for dismissal". "You've got to treat the White House and the presidency with respect". He said one had asked "a stupid question", and he singled out April Ryan, a correspondent for Urban Radio Networks, calling her "very nasty" and "a loser".
Separately, he called out Acosta's tense exchanges with Sanders at past press briefings, saying "it's a disgrace", suggesting the retaliation was about more than Wednesday's press conference. "This conduct is absolutely unacceptable", she said. Why might other journalists in the room react that way, and why did Fox News's Chris Wallace say that Acosta had "embarrassed himself" on Wednesday? On Friday the Boston Globe's editorial board called for a White House press walkout.
"I'll tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them". "When you are in the White House, this is a very sacred place to me, a very special place". Every time a member of the media behaves like Acosta, they're not only damaging the media's credibility; they're playing into Trump's hands. In footage posted by other news organizations, Acosta can be seen coming into contact with the intern, but the motion is less forceful.
Sanders tweeted an edited video of a C-SPAN recording which, she wrote, clearly documents the inappropriate behavior.
At Friday's Q&A session, Trump also had sharp words for CNN White House correspondent Abby Phillip. "You shouldn't be working for CNN", he said. "To be honest. You aren't the best", he said.