The former CNN talk show host of 25 years, Larry King, who started out as a journalist in Florida, isn’t holding back when it comes to his feelings on the disgraced CNN White House correspondent, Jim Acosta. In an interview with Law and Crime Network, the winner of two Peabodys, an Emmy award, and 10 Cable ACE Awards, reminded everyone that the showboating Jim Acosta should not be making the news about himself.
WFB -When asked by Law and Crime about whether the White House should have revoked Acosta’s hard pass was an “interesting” one. “I’m a big supporter of free speech, but on the other hand, there are 50 press passes at CNN to the White House,” he pointed out.
But when it came to the actual conduct at the press conference that sparked the whole controversy, King said Acosta “was a little out of line” in refusing to yield the microphone to a White House intern.
“I wouldn’t have gone that far. [Trump] answered one or two questions. Then he didn’t want to answer anymore. You got a room full of people, all of whom have the right to ask questions. Jim might have gone a little far,” he continued. “To me, you know what this was? Eighth grade. It was the playground, ‘That’s my ball and I wanna play today on the team.’ It was childish.”
King said a reporter should not make himself the “star” of a press conference, and that the spotlight ought to remain on the interview subject: in this case, the president. “It isn’t about you, it’s about him,” he said.
“The terrible part to me is after all those years at CNN … CNN has become – as is Fox, and MSNBC – Trump networks. There’s the anti-Trump network, the partial anti-Trump network, and the pro-Trump network. But they’re not news networks,” he lamented.