CNN’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta had a mini-meltdown on Wednesday when a Secret Service agent on the grounds asked to see his credentials.
Known as “hard passes,” members of the media must display the credentials at all times (staffers have special pins so the Secret Service knows on sight who’s allowed to go where).
Acosta wasn’t wearing a pass around his neck, so a Service agent asked to see it.
“When you’re walking around,” the agent says, “we need you to wear it so we know who you are.”
Acosta gets huffy: “I’ve been here five years and nobody has said that to me.”
The agent jams him hard: “I haven’t been here five years, I didn’t recognize you.” Ouch! She doesn’t know who he is! Brutal.
The miffed Acosta, his enormous ego bruised, slinks off after showing his pass.
The above video doesn’t show the whole scene, though, according to the Wired Sources reporter who posted the video, Michael J. Morrison. He wrote that Acosta was “having a meltdown at Secret Service for not recognizing him despite the fact that he’s been there for 5 years. We captured part of it on video.”
Well, isn’t that special?