‘An embarrassment, on multiple levels’: Fmr. CNN producer rips Acosta for giving journos a ‘bad name’

CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta made such a fool of himself Friday in screaming across the room a politically driven question for President Donald Trump that even a former CNN employee called him out for the “embarrassment.”

The president appeared at a ceremony commemorating the six month anniversary of the GOP’s historic tax reform bill, when the reporter tried to spin the shooting in Annapolis, Md., by a man who had a longstanding feud with a local newspaper, into an event centered around Trump

“Mr. President, will you stop calling us the enemy of the people, sir?” Acosta yelled, as people around him tried to hush him.

Acosta then reported on Twitter: “I tried to ask the president if he would stop calling us the enemy of the people. He did not respond.”

Even though Trump likely never heard the question as Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Jacobs noted:

Amid wide scale ridicule over the stunt, former CNN senior digital producer Steve Krakauer took to Twitter to rip Acosta’s “self-serving antics,” describing his actions as “an embarrassment, on multiple levels.”

“Truly an embarrassment, on multiple levels. Jim Acosta’s self-serving antics give all good journalists a bad name,” Krakauer tweeted.

“On a day journalists could honor the memory of fellow reporters tragically killed due to a deranged person with a vendetta going back years,” Krakauer tweeted in a follow up, “Acosta tries to shift the blame to Trump, thus validating many Americans’ feelings about the Acela Media (that existed long before Trump).”

Any regular watcher of CNN can tell you, if they were being honest, that Acosta long ago got personal in his coverage of the Trump presidency — aided along by stinging criticism from the president.

But Krakauer was right on the money when he said the CNN reporter validates the feeling people have about the media.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:




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