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During a White House news conference on Wednesday, CNN White House correspondent when full-metal douchenozzle on President Trump and attempted to monopolize the questions. When a White House intern sought to do her job and move the microphone from Acosta to the next recognized reporter, Acosta resisted and pushed her arm away.

There followed a whole boomlet of claims that the White House had “edited” the video even though independent experts (click the link for Brandon Morse’s post) and administration-hostile sources like Buzzfeed said nothing of the kind happened. But, at least, some of those claiming the video had been altered were acting in uninformed good-faith, the same can’t be said for CNN.

Jim Acosta made a beeline for Anderson Cooper’s local-access cable show to complain about the injustice of it all.

Acosta said on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” that he was “trying to hang onto the microphone” when he was approached by the intern, who tried to take his microphone away as he attempted to ask a question of Trump during a White House press briefing.

“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.”

Yes, Jim Acosta was handling himself professionally in the same way Paul “Pee Wee Herman” Reubens was professionally watching the triple feature of Catalina Five-O Tiger Shark, Nurse Nancy, and Turn Up the Heat.

What was incredible about the episode was not that Acosta lied, that’s what sociopaths do, but that Anderson Cooper and CNN’s management decided to go along with it.

In this 3:24 segment, as Acosta is lying his butt off, Anderson Cooper reads tweets from Acosta’s admirers and allies. They never actually play the video of the incident. They cue up the altercation at 1:54 but cut the clip before the incident.

Acosta was way out of line both in his professional conduct (yes, I peed myself a little bit writing that) and his lack of manhood. Treating a young woman who is just doing her job like that is unforgivable. His press pass should be pulled and CNN told that it will never be restored. But what about CNN? This is an ostensible news organization blatantly lying to cover for an employee that was 100% in the wrong, personally and professionally? If they will lie about little crap like this, is there anything they won’t lie about?