CNN’s prima donna White House beat reporter was not pleased with Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders today, and took to Twitter to whine about his displeasure.
“I walked out of the end of that briefing because I am totally saddened by what just happened,” Jim Acosta wrote on Twitter. “Sarah Sanders was repeatedly given a chance to say the press is not the enemy and she wouldn’t do it. Shameful.”
I walked out of the end of that briefing because I am totally saddened by what just happened. Sarah Sanders was repeatedly given a chance to say the press is not the enemy and she wouldn't do it. Shameful.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) August 2, 2018
Sanders was asked if the press was the enemy of the people.
“The President’s rightfully frustrated,” she said. “Ninety percent of the coverage on him is negative despite the fact that the economy is booming, ISIS is on the run, and American leadership is being reasserted around the world.”
Sanders blasted the media for their refusal to cover President Donald J. Trump’s meeting in Florida with Gov. Rick Scott joined Trump and dozens of business leaders to announce thousands of new jobs. The press refused to cover the event in peevish protest.
After several more questions, Acosta began interrupting, asking if he could have a question and claiming that Sanders “attacked his organization.”
“You did not say that the press is not the enemy of the people,” Acosta said when called upon. “I think it would be a good thing if you were to say right here at this briefing that the press, the people who are gathered at this briefing right now, doing their jobs every day, asking questions of officials like the ones you brought forward earlier are not the enemy of the people. I think we deserve that.”
Acosta has a difficult time taking a hint. First of all, he deserves nothing from the White House. He is not that important. Secondly, people hate Acosta and CNN, evidenced by how he was treated at Trump’s rally in Tampa this week. The people have decided that the press is their enemy, and they did it long before Trump was president.
“I think the President has made his position known. I also think that – I’m trying to answer your question, I politely waited and even called on you despite the fact that you interrupted me while your colleague was speaking,” Sanders said as Acosta interrupted her answer to his own question.
“It’s ironic, Jim, that not only you and the media attack the President for his rhetoric when [the media] frequently lower the level of conversation in this country,” she said.
Sanders detailed examples of the media attacks on her personally, and noted that she was the only press secretary in history to need a security detail.
Acosta then snootily lectured Sanders about how the world was watching what she was saying, and how for “the sake of this Democracy” she should make it clear that the press is not the enemy.
“I appreciate your passion,” she said. “I share it. I’ve addressed this question. I’ve addressed my personal feelings. I’m here to speak on behalf of the President. He’s made his comments clear.”
Jim Acosta Calls Conservative Media a “Disinformation-Industrial Complex” and “Potential Existential Threat”
Project much, Jim?
CNN’s Jim Acosta appeared on Brian Stelter’s Sunday morning show “Reliable Sources” to call conservative media a “potential existential threat” that could “cause more suffering.”
Referring to the on-screen graph that shows a significant drop in engagement with Trump-related articles, Stelter asked Acosta if he thought this “quiet period” was temporary. Acosta replied as follows:
“I think it is temporary. I do think what this country faces right now […] I describe it as the disinformation-industrial complex, and that is Trump and his people, conservative outlets like Fox News, and then conservative websites and organizations aligned with the president, and conservative platforms. These three pillars of this disinformation-industrial complex essentially helped put Trump in power, kept him in power, sustained his grip on the Republican Party, and it remains a threat to our democracy. It is the reason why there were hundreds of Trump supporters storming the Capitol on January 6. And until that poison, that toxin, is drained from the national political discourse in this country, Brian, I do think that these forces represent a potential existential threat to this country and have the potential to come back and cause more suffering in the days to come.”
Acosta does not seem to realize, however, that the popularity and influence of right-wing outlets like Big League Politics are direct consequences of “journalists” like him and networks like CNN. They’re the original traffickers in disinformation and in fanning the flames of fearmongering. Alternative conservative media would not have taken off if the mainstream media weren’t so unbearably leftist.
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