CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta made such a fool of himself Friday in screaming across the room a politically driven question for President Donald Trump that even a former CNN employee called him out for the “embarrassment.”
The president appeared at a ceremony commemorating the six month anniversary of the GOP’s historic tax reform bill, when the reporter tried to spin the shooting in Annapolis, Md., by a man who had a longstanding feud with a local newspaper, into an event centered around Trump
“Mr. President, will you stop calling us the enemy of the people, sir?” Acosta yelled, as people around him tried to hush him.
Jim Acosta shushed, shamed for interrupting WH ceremony to yell at president, sparks new ‘Dear Diary’ game https://t.co/05gVAtPUxK pic.twitter.com/oKGc5IMpCN
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 30, 2018
Acosta then reported on Twitter: “I tried to ask the president if he would stop calling us the enemy of the people. He did not respond.”
I tried to ask the president if he would stop calling us the enemy of the people. He did not respond.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 29, 2018
Even though Trump likely never heard the question as Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Jacobs noted:
Trump didn't appear to hear any of the questions we called out to him at the end of the tax reform anniversary event. Notably, when the very friendly audience realized reporters were yelling to Trump, they increased the volume of their applause and whooping to override the press. https://t.co/YOXbBiCGVX
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) June 29, 2018
Amid wide scale ridicule over the stunt, former CNN senior digital producer Steve Krakauer took to Twitter to rip Acosta’s “self-serving antics,” describing his actions as “an embarrassment, on multiple levels.”
“Truly an embarrassment, on multiple levels. Jim Acosta’s self-serving antics give all good journalists a bad name,” Krakauer tweeted.
Truly an embarrassment, on multiple levels. Jim Acosta’s self-serving antics give all good journalists a bad name. https://t.co/TarlLVZ3RZ
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) June 29, 2018
“On a day journalists could honor the memory of fellow reporters tragically killed due to a deranged person with a vendetta going back years,” Krakauer tweeted in a follow up, “Acosta tries to shift the blame to Trump, thus validating many Americans’ feelings about the Acela Media (that existed long before Trump).”
On a day journalists could honor the memory of fellow reporters tragically killed due to a deranged person with a vendetta going back years, Acosta tries to shift the blame to Trump, thus validating many Americans’ feelings about the Acela Media (that existed long before Trump).
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) June 29, 2018
Any regular watcher of CNN can tell you, if they were being honest, that Acosta long ago got personal in his coverage of the Trump presidency — aided along by stinging criticism from the president.
But Krakauer was right on the money when he said the CNN reporter validates the feeling people have about the media.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
Good on you for being bold enough to not stay silent on this grand-stander. https://t.co/SVtEDGL3NH
— Joe Pags Pagliarulo (@JoeTalkShow) June 30, 2018
— Jesse Holguin (@JesseHolguin13) June 29, 2018
@JimAcosta @CNN Acosta only cares about how good he looks on camera, NOTHING more…. https://t.co/rwDirymqt8
— Narcurious (@Narcurious) June 30, 2018
@steveKrak very SAD but very true. JIm Acosta acts like a high school kid. He really needs to grow up. https://t.co/Vyff699TbJ
— Eric Burgoyne (@ericburgoyne) June 30, 2018
Acosta is a primary reason the press is called the enemy of the people. He is an embarrassment to the USA.
— Ricky (@Ricky16504196) June 29, 2018
In my opinion, they should pull his press pass and give it to someone else at CNN.
He isn’t there to ask legitimate questions and he is nothing but rude and obnoxious. Just a showboat. Not a legitimate reporter.#KickAcostaOut
— Eddy (@1visionamd) June 30, 2018
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