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Friday, August 04, 2017

Real reporters push back against Acosta

CNN now is to news what MTV is to music videos.

Once you realize that, you get Jim Acosta's use of the daily briefings at the White House for self promotion. His assignment was a sly casting for the CNN's ratings chasing soap opera -- "As The Donald Spins."

Sure, Hispanic heritage reporter confronts President Border Wall.

It's more WWE than journalism.

On Wednesday, Acosta crossed the line, and now his colleagues are pushing back.

From the Washington Examiner:
One of Acosta's colleagues, an on-air conservative political commentator for CNN, said he sees an ulterior motive in Acosta's actions. He said Acosta's widely noticed clashes with the White House give the impression that he wants a new role at the network.
"He's angling to host an opinion show," he said. "These [White House] briefings are his auditions."
Another CNN employee in Washington, D.C. made it clear that Acosta's outbursts aren't as popular behind the scenes as CNN sometimes makes them out to be on the air.
"Ugh, just ugh," a producer told the Washington Examiner when asked about Acosta.
I agree with the assessment, but it is no big deal. If CNN were a real news organization, it might matter.

The story also said:
John Podhoretz, an anti-Trump writer at the conservative Commentary magazine, called Acosta's line of questioning Wednesday at the White House about immigration "so obnoxious."
Even some within CNN take issue with his performance.
"Jim is a stunt dummy," one CNN producer said in describing Acosta.
Podhoretz is also an MSNBC commentator.

Now from the Washington Post:
Lucy Dalglish, who heads the University of Maryland’s journalism school, confessed to feeling “unsettled” by watching a reporter and a source go at it.
“There’s something to be said for civility,” she said. “Good reporters don’t want to make themselves the story. It’s also true that good public servants don’t want to make this all about them.”
Some of American journalism’s giants, she said, showed that it was possible to be both insistent and persistent without being abrasive or sparking an argument. Her shortlist: Sam Donaldson, Ted Koppel, and Dan Rather.
Notice, not one conservative on the list.

Someday, there will be a Democratic president. I hope Fox News assigns a conservative showboat to the White House.

For the record, just as I encouraged Obama to take as many vacations as possible, I also encourage Acosta to continue doing this. It keeps him from being taken seriously.

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  1. Maybe he could vacation in L.A. That's supposed to be within range of North Korean nukes within the next 12 months. Might give him something better to write about than his usual stuff.

  2. Acosta wants to move up the CNN food chain? The sharks, the sharks are calling, from glen to glen, and in the deeper pools...

  3. While it was good that Acosta showed the current state of "journalism," especially as practiced at CNN, but I wouldn't help him further his career one bit. I'd make him persona non grata at the briefings.

  4. Why doesn't the White House void Acosta's press credentials if he's going to highjack press conferences and the daily briefings this way?

    1. Trump is just following the wise old adage: "Never interfere with the enemy when he is in the process of destroying himself."

      I could modify that to read "Never interfere with the Enemedia when it is in the process of destroying itself."

  5. Being persistent without being abrasive, hardly describes Sam Donaldson. Accuracy doesn't describe Dan Rather. Alfred E. Neuman, on the other hand, *does* provide a good description of Ted Koppel.

  6. Sam Donaldson, Ted Koppel, and Dan Rather were liars. As well, Sam Donaldson was an ass.

  7. Conservatives aren't assholes, Don. Someone would have to play act at being a liberal to recreate the kind of journalistic questioning they engage in.