He just can’t give it up.
Either Jim Acosta is obsessed with President Trump, or the #VeryFakeNewsCNN is using their aggressive “reporter”, Jim Acosta, to increase their abysmal ratings by sending him to Paris to cover President Trump’s visit.
On Wednesday, Acosta had his White House press pass suspended, after he karate-chopped a young, White House intern, while she attempted to take back the White House microphone from him after President Trump repeatedly told Acosta he was done answering his questions.
Yesterday, Acosta tweeted a smug photo of himself standing in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, where President Trump is currently visiting to commemorate the end of World War One.
Along with the photo, Acosta tweeted: Greetings from Paris where we are on the ground for Trump’s trip to France.
(Apparently, the #1A is a reference to the First Amendment, of which, to be clear, no one is denying the showboating Acosta.)
Acosta’s tweet seems to indicate that he plans to attempt to cover Trump’s visit for CNN, even though he no longer carries credentials that are issued by the Secret Service.
Is he stalking Trump? Will Acosta actually attempt to get close enough to question him in Paris?
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 9, 2018
Michael Goodwin said it best when he scolded Jim Acosta for his unprofessional behavior last Wednesday at the White House during the press conference.
There was a time not long ago when young journalists were taught not to become the story. Apparently, many news organizations have flipped that lesson on its head.
But we are witnessing something more insidious here than media trash talk. Plain and simple, we are watching expressions of personal hatred.
Yes, it’s true that most journalists lean far left and their bias sticks out like so many sore thumbs. That’s been true for a long time, but political bias is an insufficient explanation for the Jim Acostas of our time.
They hate Trump. They really, really hate him. There’s nothing professional about it.
They are not alone. Take a poll of almost any major newsroom in America and the vast majority of those working there, if they are being honest, will confess that they too can’t stand the existence or the sound of Trump.
Or try to imagine Acosta and his ilk behaving in similarly hostile fashion toward Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. Keep trying, but you can’t imagine it because it never happened. Both of those pols lied to journalists repeatedly, yet you can bet 90 percent still voted straight Democratic.
White House press credentials are not a universal right. There are implicit expectations of proper behavior, and the White House decision to suspend Acosta’s credential is warranted.
Just as Acosta can’t go into a movie theater and yell “Fire” when there is no fire, he should not have the right to hijack a presidential press conference to suit his own ego.
It is also long past time for his colleagues, including those from other outlets, to remind him that his shameful conduct is making all of them look bad. More important, scenes like Wednesday’s further erode the public’s already declining trust of the media and fuel resistance to the First Amendment.