CNN’s former White House correspondent Jim Acosta is in deep trouble.
Acosta announced he was suing the White House for revoking his press credentials this week after an ugly incident at last Wednesday’s press conference.
Video of the incident shows Acosta refused to give up his turn after asking two questions and, when asked to stop shouting, tussled with a young White House intern that tried to take back the microphone. Later that day, the White House revoked his press access.
After filing the lawsuit against President Donald Trump, the uniformed secret service agent that took his credentials, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (and others), Acosta has faced a serious backlash from his fellow reporters.
Instead of being defended by other journalists, Acosta’s latest stunt was met with a collective groan of annoyance.
Once again, Acosta made the story about him — and this time, the mainstream media is fed up.
According to reports, serious journalists in the White House press pool are sick of these attention-grabbing stunts.
A few CNN reporters told me that they’re embarrassed by Acosta & CNN. A WH correspondent from a major network (not Fox) told me “This isn’t the Jim F*ing Acosta Show. We all hate him. He’s an asshole and he actually is disrespectful to the president.”
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) November 13, 2018
Even one of Trump’s harshest critics has become so fed-up with CNN he has publicly condemned the cable network — and Acosta — on Tuesday.
The Washington Post’s Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Bob Woodward, whose anti-Trump book “Fear” recently sold millions, stabbed Acosta in the back at a Global Financial Leadership Conference in Naples, Florida.
Woodward told the crowd that too many people in the media “have become emotionally unhinged.”
“In the news media there has been an emotional reaction to Trump,” Woodward said. “Too many people for Trump, or against Trump, have become emotionally unhinged about this.”
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The White House responded to the lawsuit through a statement saying Acosta “impeded the ability of the President, the White House staff, and members of the media to conduct business.”
“After Mr. Acosta asked the President two questions—each of which the President answered—he physically refused to surrender a White House microphone to an intern, so that other reporters might ask their questions,” Sanders said in the statement. “This was not the first time this reporter has inappropriately refused to yield to other reporters.”
“The White House cannot run an orderly and fair press conference when a reporter acts this way, which is neither appropriate nor professional,” Sanders said. “The First Amendment is not served when a single reporter, of more than 150 present, attempts to monopolize the floor.”
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