It’s no secret that CNN – and one of its most critical members, Jim Acosta, is no fan of Donald Trump and his corrupt, incompetent administration. No media network has gone after the Trump administration as viciously, especially after Trump ramped up his “fake news” attacks against the network.
Despite the bullying from the Trump administration, CNN and Acosta have refused to back down. CNN’s chief White House correspondent has become an absolute nightmare for WH Press Secretary Sean Spicer during briefings, because Acosta asks all the questions Spicer doesn’t want want to answer – and he doesn’t back down.
In response to the pressure that Acosta has been putting on him in the briefing room, Spicer has just publicly attacked Acosta and is trying to pit the rest of the free press against the CNN correspondent. In a Washington Post piece on Acosta, Spicer spoke out against the reporter, calling him fame-hungry and dishonest. Spicer said:
If Jim Acosta reported on Jim Acosta the way he reports on us, he’d say he hasn’t been very honest. I think he’s gone well beyond the role of reporter and steered into the role of advocate. He’s the prime example of a [reporter in a] competitive, YouTube, click-driven industry.”
To make this attack even more desperate, Spicer actually tried to get other members of the media to help him make Acosta take it easy on him and “knock it off.”
He’s recognized that if you make a spectacle on the air then you’ll get more airtime and more clicks. . . . If I were a mainstream, veteran reporter, I’d be advocating for him to knock it off. It’s hurting the profession.”
Sorry Spicer, but the questions that Acosta is trying to get you to answer are the same things that every reporter – and every American – want to know. He’s just not afraid to corner you. Acosta responded, and defended his work in the feature. Acosta said:
I think I’m just covering a story, honestly. When the president of the United States calls the press ‘fake news’ and ‘the enemy of the American people,’ I think that’s when you have to get tough and ask the hard questions.”
Exactly. The Trump administration crossed the line when it accused main members of the free press of being “fake news” – and Spicer crossed another line by trying to make the free go against CNN and Acosta. It was a pathetic attempt to take the heat off of Trump and the administration, and there’s no way in hell the media is going to comply. If Trump has united the country on anything, it’s that he and his administration have got to go.
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