Jim Acosta doesn't think anyone is as virtuous as Jim Acosta. But apparently last night's blue trickle emboldened him even more. Take a peek:
Jim and the President traded on the immigrant caravan. The president is clear. He is concerned about illegal immigration. Acosta then criticized the ad that was run in the days leading up to the midterms that had pictures on the migrant caravan climbing fences and attacking law enforcement in Mexico. This ad was deemed "racist" by CNN who refused to air it, even though the caravan footage was genuine and played by many media outlets and the story of Luis Bracamontes was factual.
When the President had answered Jim's questions and attempted to move on to other reporters, Jim refused to relinquish the mic. A White House aide attempted to reclaim the mic, and Acosta appears to push her away. NBC of course tells half the story:
At the conclusion of the exchange, President Trump minces no words in telling Acosta what he thinks of his behavior over the last two years and said this:
I'll tell you what. CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You re a rude, terrible person. You shouldn't be working for CNN. You're a very rude person. The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible.
Now I do not always like what President Trump says. Often his tweets and off the cuff commentary make me cringe. In this case however, I am fine with it. CNN continually tries to portray itself as non-partisan and objective. Bananas and apples or something. They aren't.
Even here, Acosta isn't asking a question to begin with. He is preening and trying to get Trump to say what he wants him to say just like he does routinely with Sarah Huckabee Sanders. An actual question would have been: "President Trump, can you explain your decision to run the ad with the footage of the caravan so close to Election Day?." But Jim doesn't ask questions. He bloviates and virtue signals.
Now what is beautiful here, is that CCN just digs in defending Acosta. Who in full living color had just been the best version of the blow hard that is his bloviating self:
Trump picked Acosta first, answered more than one question from him and only lost patience when Acosta behaved in an unprofessional manner and continued to do so despite multiple attempts from staff and the President to move on. Can you imagine the response if the Fox White House correspondent behaved this way in an Obama press conference? Yeah. neither can I. Other than Brian Stelter would have been all over it is his super unbiased "apples only" (or is it bananas?) show.
Acosta, uncharacteristically, has not really commented on the exchange. No "Dear Diary" posts yet. What I can guarantee is neither he, nor CNN will reflect on how continuing him in this position will continue to hurt their brand. He is not a journalist covering the White House. He is an activist and an unapologetic one at that.
I'm gonna call this a score one, Trump. Even Trump skeptical folks and those who don't like his style have had enough of Acosta.