A reporter was dragged out of the press conference between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland Monday.
Sam Husseini, who received press credentials through The Nation, was questioned by the United States Secret Service as well as Russian officials, brought back to his seat, and then summarily ejected after he held up a sign which read “nuclear weapons ban treaty.”
The media will no doubt portray this as an example of two ‘dictators’ strong-arming the beloved press. But there’s much more to the story it seems.
One, Husseini was holding up a protest sign, so he had clearly evolved from the role of reporter to one of an activist at that point. And two, people on scene said he had spent a good portion of his time heckling other reporters.
It’s clear he was trying to make a scene and likely wanted to get kicked out to prove some sort of a ridiculous point.
Will Acosta Snap When Questions Are Opened Up?
— ?Vagabond?? (@Hats4Batz) July 16, 2018
In the above report, Fox Business noted that it’d be awfully difficult for a protester to access the media room at the Trump-Putin conference without credentials.
The Nation has claimed Husseini did garner credentials through their media outlet, but the question now is, why?
Husseini’s author page at The Nation shows his byline on exactly one article, appearing on June 5th of this year.
Sam Husseini of the Institute of Public Accuracy had a sign that said “nuclear ban” on 8×11 piece of paper. pic.twitter.com/z7vgMJEsy5
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) July 16, 2018
Why would a man with one lone article for a particular publication, earn press credentials to a high-profile summit between world leaders through that same outlet?
Granted, Husseini does serve as communications director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, a D.C.-based nonprofit that promotes progressive experts as alternative sources for media reporters.
Why not apply through that organization then?
— Jack Posobiec?? (@JackPosobiec) July 16, 2018
Husseini was grabbed by the waist and pulled out when he returned to gather his things. Instead of going quietly he held up his sign, something Russian authorities complained was a “malicious item.”
He claims that he was simply holding up the sign in the hopes that the world leaders would call on him to ask a question about the nuclear weapons ban treaty.
How did all of the other reporters manage to stay at the press conference and get questions without holding up a sign?
The following video shows Husseini quietly being asked to go back for questioning initially, in which one person in the crowd of reporters says “Did you hear that spin? That is not what happened, he (Husseini) started yelling in somebody’s live shot.”
#BREAKINGNEWS Sam Husseini, comms Director from The Nation ejected from joint press conference for shouting loudly and heckling press.
Reported that he had a malicious item
TrumpRussia #TrumpPutinSummit #TruNews pic.twitter.com/UBRVSmuN9o
— TruNews™ (@TruNews) July 16, 2018
Others concur that Husseini was making a scene when he first got called out, then held up his sign after they brought him back in.
before he was removed, he loudly criticized reporters doing dueling liveshots. I kept silencing him. after he was removed the first time he came back to reveal a sign he had — “NUCLEAR WEAPONS BAN TREATY” — then he was *forcibly* dragged out
— J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) July 16, 2018
In other words, he was looking to get kicked out. His obnoxious behavior has yet to be reported, but every media outlet in America is promoting the second video in which he appears to be removed because he was holding a sign.
Just more of a fake news narrative coming from the left.
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