July 2, 2018
Since the beginning of the Trump administration, CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta had become infamous for his out of control shouting, grandstanding, and childish antics during press briefings and other televised White House events. So, during a special appearance on the network’s Reliable Sources, Acosta defending his actions and at one point proclaimed that if he was sent to Hell, “I’ll still be shouting at the Devil, is the way I look at it.”
With all the seriousness of a puff piece, host Brian Stelter began the segment by rhetorically asking, “Is he a reporter willing to shout out tough questions or someone grandstanding to boost his own profile?” After playing some clips of his colleague fighting with the administration, Stelter wondered, “So what is it like to be Jim Acosta? What is it like to come face-to-face with angry Trump supporters at rallies? Let’s ask him.”
The pair started by discussing Acosta’s recent attendance at a Trump rally in South Carolina where he was heckled by Trump supports and told to “go home, Jim” while someone held up a sign that read “CNN sucks.” Acosta told Stelter that people were actually really nice once they started talking to him one-on-one. Acosta insisted their opinions about him and CNN were corrupted and warped by Fox News.
“And by and large, what I find is that people are developing their impressions of us by watching Hannity and so on,” he asserted. Of course, Stelter agreed and said “pro-Trump media calls you fake news,” a “drama queen.” He also claimed to have written down instances where they used “slurs” and “curse words” against his colleague but refused to cite them.
This article was posted: Monday, July 2, 2018 at 6:10 am