CNN‘s senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta is desperate to make a name for himself. Instead of relying on quality journalism, he attempts to gain notoriety by interrupting press briefings to ignorantly debate experts in the Trump administration.
Yesterday, Acosta interrupted President Trump during a press conference while he was announcing an upcoming investigation into China’s intellectual property laws. Acosta demanded to know why the president did not immediately condemn white supremacists by name while condemning the violence in Charlottesville. President Trump said that answering questions “doesn’t bother me at all, but I like real news, not fake news. You are fake news.”
Trump tells CNN’s Jim Acosta: “I like real news, you are fake news” over questions about Charlottesville reaction pic.twitter.com/0feoElc6lg
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 14, 2017
Acosta, along with other so-called journalists at CNN, has been hounding Trump in an attempt to blame him for the violent protests in Charlottesville.
CNN‘s initial narrative was that the racial undertones of Trump’s campaign emboldened racists in the Charlottesville rally. However, that angle was dropped after Trump denounced the violence and racism from “both sides” in a prepared statement.
The media’s narrative immediately shifted to claims that Trump was somehow condoning the racism of neo-Nazis by not condemning them by name. Apparently, denouncing any “display of hatred, bigotry, and violence” was Trump’s signal that he supports white supremacists.
On Monday, Trump reiterated his condemnation of racism, making things very clear for anyone to note. “Racism is evil,” explained the president, “and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,” reported ABC News.
Again, CNN shifted the narrative. Now they are accusing Trump of racism for waiting two days to condemn the Ku Klux Klan by name. Apparently, three condemnations directly from the president in three days, in addition to multiple statements by White House officials, is evidence of Trump’s racism.
If any CNN journalist truly believes that Trump supports the Klan, they have blinded themselves with bias. Instead, the attacks against Trump seem more to be a desperate attempt to maintain relevance as their ratings continue to plummet. CNN is instigating division and racial tensions in an attempt to garner ratings.
Jim Acosta is known for making a spectacle of himself in the name of ratings as he desperately hopes to obtain a hosting position at CNN. When the White House decided to stop recording press briefings, it is very possible it was in part to prevent Acosta’s grand standing.
Earlier this month, when the cameras were still rolling, Acosta interrupted immigration expert Steve Miller while he was discussing the RAISE Act. Acosta accused Miller of racism for enforcing existing English language requirements for incoming immigrants. Acosta relied on the poem affixed by the feet of the Statue of Liberty to argue in favor of unlimited immigration.
Once again, President Trump called out a CNN reporter. Should Trump continue to call out the fake news media?
However, Acosta crossed the line when he claimed that President Trump was attempting to “engineer the racial and ethnic flow” of immigrants, forcing Miller to respond, “Jim, that is one of the most outrageous, insulting, ignorant, and foolish things you’ve ever said.”
It clearly appears that President Trump’s comment about Acosta being “fake news” was more than justified.