What passes for the Mainstream Media these days is an embarrassment to the still valid media entities, although if those entities continue to persist in less-than-professional actions, they’ll suffer, as well.
The current issue is that caused by Jim Acosta who has recently become the CNN chief Whitehouse correspondent. He attended a Press Conference where he tried to be the show rather than be a true press correspondent. Then he apparently presented himself in the Whitehouse as part of the press pool and tried to badger the President with repeated questions designed more to get under the skin of the President and make Acosta feel like a great reporter.
Not happy with his apparent lack of results, defined as embarrassing the President of the United States in a partisan rant rather than a press correspondent without a political ax to grind, he went on Twitter and tweeted: “As I attempted to ask questions in Roosevelt Room of Trump, WH press aides shouted in my face to drown out my questions. I have never encountered that before. What occurred reminded me of something I would see in a different country. Certainly not at the WH. Certainly not in the U.S.”
CNN has never been on my “go to” list for news since it has always seemed, at best, to be second-rate. As a matter of fact, I do not recall the last time I watched anything on CNN, and that isn’t about to change anytime soon given this situation they’ve engineered to gain viewers by tempting the Whitehouse and the President to stray over the line of good taste. It is apparently struggling to maintain some semblance of a news organization and actions such as these by a second-rate reporter wannabe do nothing to enhance its position.
The press watchdogs have always been pushy and maybe they need to be that in order to gather news and the occasional embarrassing gaffe. This guy has carried that to an extreme, in my opinion, that simply reflects poorly on him and his employer. I don’t know if this in any way relates to the current Press Secretary, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised.
Further examples are these tidbits when he finally was recognized by the President: Accosta to the President: “Did you say you want more people to come in from Norway? Did you say that you wanted more people from Norway? Is that true Mr. President?” As he shouted. The President then said, “I want them to come in from everywhere.” And Accosta had to dig a little more: “Just caucasian or white countries, sir? Or do you want people to come in from other parts of the world – people of color?”
To this, the President signified he was not playing the game any longer when he pointed at Acosta and said plainly, “Out!”
That display of hubris by Acosta, and indirectly by his employer, CNN, would be enough for me, as President, to issue a ban on all interaction with them for 30 days. They could attend but they’d not be called on when they raised their hands. CNN would be at the very back of the “news” bus and one more such display would get them off the bus for good no matter how much they tried to buck the decision.
If there were any further such blatant unprofessional “gotcha” efforts, CNN would be done. There might be a well-deserved FCC review of their organization and that might well result in the rescinding of the documents permitting that company to play news organization again for a period of time to assure they learned a lesson about good taste and judgment.
This is the kind of activity that is picked up in foreign countries and that is used against us in diplomatic circles worldwide. No CNN and no Jim Acosta would be worth that kind of angst.
By the way, do we think Acosta might be a liberal?