After insulting the intelligence of Americans around the country, CNN’s Jim Acosta was served a taste of his own medicine by Sarah Sanders.
The White House press secretary used Acosta’s own words to drive home a point when he asked a question about President Trump’s pick for VA secretary, Dr. Ronny Jackson.
CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent had made condescending comments about Americans in a Variety feature story, claiming that “they don’t have all of their faculties in some cases.”
“They just aren’t smart enough to understand that ‘fake news’ is not a call to violence,” he said, angering many and forcing him to issue a clarification, saying “my comments have been twisted by some outlets.”
Regarding my interview with Variety, my comments have been twisted by some outlets. As you can plainly see, I’m not referring to Trump supporters. I am talking about people who threaten journalists. Links to transcript and video below. https://t.co/SpEBiyVyQd pic.twitter.com/KZ7tkllEHQ
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) April 25, 2018
During Wednesday’s press briefing, Sanders was sure to remind Acosta to treat others the way he wished to be treated.
“Yesterday the president suggested that Dr. Jackson does not have the experience to run the Department of Veterans Affairs. Is that a fair assessment?” Acosta asked.
“That’s not what the president said. I think you’re taking some of his words out of context,” Sanders responded. “Based on your tweet today, I know you don’t appreciate when people take your words out of context, so I’d appreciate it if you do not do that to the president.”
Apparently emboldened by his embarrassment, Acosta moved on to grill Sanders about whether the Trump administration is “a champion of a free press.”
“We support a free press, but we also support a fair press, and I think that those things should go hand in hand,” Sanders said. “There’s a certain responsibility by the press to report accurate information.”
“Is there a responsibility on the part of the president?” Acosta questioned.
Sanders again showed her expertise in taking the reporter down from his perch.
“A number of people in this room… do their best to provide fair and accurate information,” she said.
“That’s one of the reasons I’m standing here taking your questions,” she added. “And a lot of times taking your questions in a tone that’s completely unnecessary, unneeded, and frankly doesn’t help further the conversation or help the American people get any more information in a better way which is your job and my job and that’s what I’m trying to do.”
Naturally Acosta could not take the remarks professionally and whined about the “personal…cheap shot” by Sanders later on CNN.
“She feels because she comes up to the podium and answers questions that somehow makes them champions of the free press,” Acosta opined. “Just about any city council spokesperson or mayor spokesperson or gubernatorial spokesperson does that all over the country.”
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