Vicious to Trump, CNN's Jim Acosta now taking softball approach to Biden


Jim Acosta (CNN screenshot)

Jim Acosta, the CNN reporter who admitted being neutral as a reporter at President Trump’s White House “doesn’t really serve us,” confessed to “showboating” on the job and is known to have misrepresented the president’s comments, says he’s going to be easy on the Joe Biden administration.

In an article in the Atlantic, which described him as “picking fights” with the Trump administration for four years, Acosta said, “You can’t just go and trash the press and totally lie to the American people and tell them real news is fake news. I couldn’t stomach it.”

This from a representative of the legacy media that reported nightly with glee for years on the Democrat claims of Trump 2016 campaign collusion with Russia that turned out, through an FBI special counsel investigation, to be “fake news.”

And then there was the breathless discussion about Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s failed impeach-and-remove campaign against President Trump, based also on what turned out to be “fake news,” according to the Senate’s acquittal.

Acosta told the Atlantic, “I don’t think the press should be trying to whip up the Biden presidency and turn it into must-see TV in a contrived way.”

The Atlantic writer commented, “If that sounds like a double standard, Acosta told me it’s not partisan—it’s a matter of professional solidarity. In his view, Trump’s campaign to discredit the press has constituted a ‘nonstop national emergency,’ one that required a defiant response. ‘If being at the White House is not an experience that might merit hazard pay,’ he said, ‘then perhaps it is going to be approached differently.'”

The comments, according to Fox News, drew criticism that charged Acosta was being “literally delusional.”

The Atlantic report noted the Trump administration actually was very good for reporters: “As the White House beat became the biggest story in the world, once-obscure correspondents were recast in the popular imagination as resistance heroes fighting for truth, justice, and the American way. They were showered with book deals, speaking gigs, and hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers.”

Fox reported, “CNN digital producer-turned Fourth Watch editor Steve Krakauer mocked the quote, calling Acosta’s remarks ‘literally delusional.'”

But, the report said, Acosta’s colleague, CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale, also confessed he won’t cover Biden the way he handled Trump.

“It will not be a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week job to fact-check Biden,” Dale said.

That Acosta ended up more a player in the news than a reporter was evident when he repeatedly heckled White House officials “with stupid questions,” according to a Western Journal report.

It then was in a live report from a Trump rally in Sanford, Florida, just weeks ago, that a masked Acosta “was prattling on about how dire the president’s re-election prospects are.”

The report said as Acosta was talking, the crowd was chanting “CNN sucks.”

“And as this crowd is chanting that there are members of the press here who suck, I should also point out, Wolf – what also sucks? Getting the coronavirus,” Acosta said.

Acosta’s questions repeatedly were staged to be deliberately provocative, such as “Shouldn’t [the president] be telling the truth?”

Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany noted that Acosta time and again took President Trump’s statements out of context.

His campaign against President Trump actually drew a rebuke from Jake Tapper, who is on Acosta’s own CNN team. It was after Acosta spread a misleading quote.

And the head of the White House Correspondents’ Association at one point rebuked Acosta for his conduct,, explaining Acosta was “playing into the explicit Trump strategy of portraying the press as the opposition party.”

He encouraged Acosta to stop giving speeches “from the White House briefing room.”

At one point, Acosta tried to take over the briefing, refusing to give up a microphone after he, Acosta, corrected the president about his characterization of thousands of illegal aliens coming into the U.S. as an invasion.

“It was not an invasion,” Acosta claimed.

Here’s Acosta’s stunt:

WND reported when radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh unloaded on Acosta.

“I think this guy is just a petty, childish baby,” Limbaugh said of the CNN reporter. “He’s just a first class, A-number-one creep. He is totally and completely unlikable.”

Jim Acosta grapples with a White House staffer trying to take the microphone from him at a presidential news conference Nov. 7, 2018
Jim Acosta grapples with a White House intern trying to take the microphone from him at a presidential news conference Nov. 7, 2018

Fox News’ Chris Wallace called Acosta’s behavior “shameful.”

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Wallace said.

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