Fox News’ Jesse Watters raised the ire of CNN’s Jim Acosta, who called “The Five” co-host a Trump administration “lapdog” because Watters dared call on journalists to set aside their inner-liberal activist and actually do their jobs.
If reporters can’t differentiate between the two, Watters suggested that they should be stripped of their White House press passes.
Watters went off on Playboy correspondent Brian Karem for his emotional eruption at Thursday’s White House press briefing, after the “reporter” asked press secretary Sarah Sanders if she had “empathy” for illegal immigrant children being separated at the border — as Watters noted, children are often used by non-parent migrants to gain entry, or are being trafficked.
“You’re a parent,” Karem cried out, after forcibly interrupting. “Don’t you have any empathy for what these people are going through?”
The daily press briefings have become the battlefield of choice for anti-Trump forces out to destroy President Donald Trump, and Watters didn’t hold back in his criticism of Karem, calling the CNN contributor “an emotional wreck.”
“He embarrassed himself,” Watters declared. “He doesn’t belong in the room. It’s like Acosta. I don’t care if you have opinions like that. Be an analyst. Go debate it on CNN on primetime but don’t pretend to be a non-partisan correspondent and then meltdown like that and embarrass your integrity.”
But Watters wasn’t finished, saying what many Americans think when they watch these press scrums.
“These people don’t belong there. They’re jokes,” he added. “They need to start ripping press passes away. If you’re going to act like a wild animal, you don’t belong there.”
Acosta had a dramatic moment of his own Thursday with Sanders over the issue — perhaps a concerted effort on the left to distract from the damning DOJ inspector general’s report released the same day? — when questioning the administration’s “morals.”
Sanders zinged the CNN reporter for trying to take her words out of context: “That’s not what I said. I know it’s hard for you to understand even short sentences I guess, but please don’t take my words out of context.”
Acosta also attacked Watters on social media.
This from a lapdog for the White House. https://t.co/cJkJh2aZOi
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 14, 2018
Here’s a quick sampling of reactions to the brouhaha from Twitter:
— Jess Ariane (@ItsMeJessAriane) June 15, 2018
— ashley pifer (@AshleyPifer) June 14, 2018
You go @JesseBWatters !! Kudos for sticking up for @PressSecSanders . She is doing a great job and dont need this kinda 💩. I totally respect her and hope she had fun in Singapore. Keep up the good work. https://t.co/PlQmK8AAoH
— Kevin (Moje) Moore (@Moje1knobe) June 15, 2018
Sarah shouldnt need to deal with these unprofessional fools….Wish someone in the WH would pull the unqualified,unprofessional and unwanted credentials once and for all . https://t.co/KqqIfT6TyG
— doc (@DocbobLV) June 14, 2018
when is the WH going to start throwing these bums out on the street.
— Jim Marcum (@JimMarcum2) June 14, 2018
Playboy has Press Room credentials? That alone says a lot about how we arrived here.#JustReadingTheArticles
— Ole290 (@BobRivet68) June 14, 2018
That’s why I like Jessie Watters, he calls like it is.
True definition of a REAL Journalists !!
— Patrick Smith (@patrick2506) June 15, 2018
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