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AT & T CEO criticizes White House over managing CNN reporter Jim Acosta

AT & TInc.Managing Director Randall Stephenson resigned at the White House over his decision to suspend press releases from a…

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Managing Director Randall Stephenson resigned at the White House over his decision to suspend press releases from a CNN correspondent saying officials had ignored established procedures in a way that seemed to violate freedom of protection.

The Trump Administration said it had interrupted references for Jim Acosta, CNN’s head of the White House correspondent, for “placing his hands” on a white house intern who tried to take the microphone from him at a press conference after president Trump showed that he would no longer deal with him. In the press conference’s video, Mr. Acosta keep the microphone and make temporary contact with the trainee.

“If the White House wants to take any press information, it’s a process,” Stephenson said at The Wall Street Journal WSJ Tech D.Live conference Monday. “That process must be followed, otherwise what are the criteria for pulling a person’s press information?”

“You did not like the issue? That type seems to be offensive by our press freedom,” he says.

Mr. Stephenson, who has been the head of telecommunications giant since 2007, has taken on a new role as media memo after AT & T completed its approximately $ 81

billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc. in June after a long battle against antitrust. Time Warner contains CNN and other media.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted a video of the incident with Mr. Acosta who appeared to have been edited in a way that makes the reporter’s actions more aggressive, according to an analysis by Storyful, a social media intelligence agency owned by News Corp, the parent company in Journal.

“If the president does not like his behavior in the pressroom, it’s a process to say he’s not do like it, says Stephenson. “There has been no process.”

The White House did not respond immediately to a request for comments by Monday.

Separately, Stephenson called again for clearer network neutrality standards, saying no company should be able to slow down the content of another.

“We do not have proper legal clarity,” he said, adding that companies “could not block you from coming to Netflix or what you want to come to.”

Internet Service Providers “should not be allowed to delete anyone else’s content, “he said, referring to the practice of lowering internet speeds. And he said that any device would be allowed to connect to the internet without any disturbance.

“There should be no blockage,” says Stephenson.

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