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Jim Acosta: The Showboater of the White House Press Corps

Jim Acosta: The Showboater of the White House Press Corps
July 17
15:42 2018

Jim Acosta is CNN’s White House correspondent and sometimes fill-in host for when various headline anchors take time off from spinning the news. Few reporters can match Acosta’s love of cameras pointed in his direction. He may also be the most arrogant member of the Fourth Estate. That’s no small accomplishment in a profession where egos and arrogance appear to be a condition of employment.

The 24/7 cable news industry has transformed reporters, who once simply chronicled the statements of knowledgeable experts and authorities, into self-appointed experts in their own right – or at least in their own minds. That is why so much of cable news airtime is devoted to news personalities interviewing reporters and columnists. It has turned much of the profession into gossip mongering.

There are several qualities about Acosta that stand out. His reports on the Trump administration are consistently and mendaciously negative. No one can spin a story so far from truth and accuracy as can Acosta.

Many in the White House press corps do not get an opportunity to ask a question every time. They rely on the questions of colleagues and simply take notes. Acosta, on the other hand, expects his 15 seconds of fame at each and every occasion. To appear on camera, Acosta will ask questions that have already been asked and answered.

Even among the White House press corps, Acosta seems to exert unique superiority. He demands attention simply because of who he is. He is THE Jim Acosta representing the all-important CNN. So, he seems to think. His animus toward Republicans in general and conservatives specifically is palpable.

If Acosta is not recognized from the podium quickly enough, he starts to shout. In these now iconic temper tantrums, he actually demands that he be called upon. In a classic Acosta performance, he shouted an unrelated question from the back of the room as Trump was speaking to an audience of approximately 150 people. It was so bad, that a man seated in front of Acosta turned to shush him. Others simply glared.

And what question was so urgent that Acosta would break into a presidential speech? Acosta yelled out several times, “Mr. President, will you stop calling the press ‘the enemy of the people’?” It was a question prompted more by personal pique than professional inquiry – and was totally inappropriate to the time and place.

But that is Jim Acosta. When Trump was on stage with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, Acosta was heard off camera madly shouting his questions to both Trump and Kim – the latter of whom is not versed in English. So, what was the point?

While the liberal base applauds his “aggressiveness” in getting his questions answered (which is happening less and less), the more objective viewer is likely to see rudeness – not only to the target of his questions – but to his colleagues in the press corps. In pursuit of public attention, Acosta does not mind elbowing his fellow journalists off camera.

Rather than asking questions and reporting on the answer, Acosta can get argumentative – as if it is HIS place to offer counterpoints or rebuttals rather than leaving that to the political opposition. But then, he is part of the political opposition.

As a result of his pouting, his belligerence, his animus and his slanted reporting, he has become the personification of what Trump views as a dishonest – or to use his word – a fake press. This is not an opinion or an interpretation. Trump has said as much. On one occasion, as Acosta was demanding that the president call on him, Trump simply said, “No, because you are fake news.”

In happened again in England, when Acosta attempted to ask a question at a press conference featuring Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May. Trump said he would not take a question from Acosta. “You’re fake news.” He then turned to John Roberts of FOX News for the next question. In desperation, Acosta yelled his question as Trump was stepping away from the stage. “Mr. President. Will you ask Putin to stay out of U.S. elections?” Trump replied “yes” and continued to walk off.

Consider, for a moment, the question Acosta asked in order to get the attention of the cameras. This is a question that has been asked incessantly for several days by an endless succession of reporters. It is a question that Trump had answered and answered and answered. No, this was just another example of Acosta wanting attention more than information.

Perhaps if CNN were to replace Acosta with a more credible chronicler, rather than propping up this partisan patsy, the network would not incur the wrath of the president quite as much.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. Santis
    Santis July 18, 23:13

    I knew you were a trump deplorable supporter LOL

    Reply to this comment
  2. CK
    CK July 19, 00:28

    I am in total agreement on this article. I swear, if he was my son, I would slap him up the side of his head!

    Reply to this comment

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