An Independent Take: Jim Acosta Throws a Tantrum and Gets a Timeout
CNN’s new designation should perhaps be *Childish* News Network.
For indeed, the once premier American news network has descended into acting like petulant children.
CNN itself reports,
“The White House said Wednesday night that it’s suspending the press pass of CNN’s Jim Acosta “until further notice.”
…White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced in a statement that Acosta would be stripped of what’s known as a “hard pass,” which gives him access to the White House grounds.
CNN has stood by their man and has declared that Acosta has the network’s full support stating,
The revocation of his pass “was done in retaliation for his challenging questions at today’s press conference,” the statement said. “In an explanation, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders lied. She provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened. This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better. Jim Acosta has our full support.”
The media at large has – utterly unsurprisingly – rallied to Acosta’s defense who has himself taken to social media to decry his oh so brutal ‘repression’, with many of the more hysterically frothing partisan pundits, calling for CNN to sue Trump over the affair.
But here’s the deal and note this is coming from an Independent who didn’t vote for Trump; Acosta absolutely deserves the suspension.
When it comes to white house correspondent conferences the entire procedure is based on etiquette and respect. There’s no mechanical efficiency to it whatsoever the President merely fields questions from raised hands in a flexible and *polite* atmosphere meant to inform voters, absent partisan bickering of information; that can later be used for partisan bickering on CNN and co.’s myriad of squawking head features.
Jim Acosta however determined it was actually a place for him to grandstand and ‘bravely’ virtue signal. See, when Trump paused for questions Acosta was one of the first hands he picked (true suppression at work) and Acosta asked a few questions.
Trump answered… and then answered again… and again, until after asking Acosta multiple times – with proper etiquette at first even – to be seated so the other hundred or so reporters sitting behind Acosta’s special snowflake CNN front row seat could also be given a chance to query the president things got somewhat ugly.
Acosta’s brief moment of attention culminated with him shrugging off a white house intern who meekly tried to pry the microphone from this narcissistic excuse for a reporter, but was rebuked as Democrats apparently only respect women when they’re accusing Republicans of misconduct…
While the White House is now receiving flak for apparently releasing a clip ‘doctored’ to make that exchange look nastier than it was (speeding up Acosta’s shove of the intern) the frantic pull to focus on currently transpiring doesn’t really seems to detract from the main issue of Acosta being… well, a jerk.
Let’s be crystal clear, I’m no particular zealot of Trumpism (independent and didn’t vote for him) and in fact, almost always find the President’s exchanges with the media to be unappealing and oftentimes negative on his account.
But Trump is actually totally right here.
The White House Press Briefing is not Jim ‘Accoster’s’ special little playground where he can grandstand his personal views, it’s a hallowed place for America’s press to directly engage with America’s leadership to allow for a degree of transparency to Americans. It requires both parties to be respectful and to keep to century old customs of basic decency to actually function.
Imagine if all the reporters crammed to the rafters in that room had as self-inflated sense of importance as Acosta. Imagine if they all thought they deserved to ask as many questions as they wanted, were in the right to interrupt the President when answering, thought it fine to physically resist interns… it would be madness.
The reality is if everyone was as narcissistic as Acosta press conferences would have zero validity (as CNN does to Trump supporters now) and likely simply wouldn’t transpire at all.
It’s a shame the White House seems to have marred their own stance with a possible dash of their own fake news, but at the end of the day Jim Acosta didn’t get his press pass revoked for “asking questions” as CNN falsely declares; his pass was revoked for displaying a disdain for press etiquette and for throwing a tantrum.
This whole affair isn’t some crushing of the first amendment CNN would have you believe it’s one reporter being informed he isn’t welcome back to the room full of reporters because frankly, he acted like an ass.
If you’re still resistant to considering that to be the truth of the matter I leave you with this; remember when Jim Acosta pulled these stunts with President Obama..?