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CNN legend Larry King says it stopped being a news network long before Acosta’s ‘childish’ tantrums

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Former CNN host Larry King said that while he supports the lawsuit filed against the White House, the network he called home for 25 years is “not [a] news network.” King also had harsh words for his former colleague Jim Acosta, calling his conduct at a recent White House press briefing “childish.”

King was being interviewed by the Law and Crime Network and commented on Acosta having his hard pass revoked after a contentious exchange with President Donald Trump that saw the reporter make physical contact with a White House intern trying to retrieve the microphone the reporter was holding.

“I’m a big supporter of free speech, but on the other hand, there are 50 press passes at CNN to the White House,” King said.

The point being that CNN chose to make this more about Acosta than a question of a free press?

King said Acosta “was a little out of line” in refusing to surrender the microphone when the intern tried to retrieve it.

“I wouldn’t have gone that far,” he said. “[The president] answered one or two questions. Then he didn’t want to answer anymore. You got a room full of people, all of whom have the right to ask questions. Jim might have gone a little far.”

But the legendary 84-year-old broadcaster didn’t stop there.

“To me, you know what this was? Eighth grade,” King said. “It was the playground, ‘That’s my ball and I wanna play today on the team.’ It was childish.”

“It isn’t about you, it’s about him,” he added, saying Acosta should not make himself the “star” of a press conference.

He also took a shot at CNN for it’s dogged obsession with Trump, naming MSNBC and Fox News in the mix as well.

“The terrible part to me is after all those years at CNN … CNN has become – as is Fox, and MSNBC – Trump networks. There’s the anti-Trump network, the partial anti-Trump network, and the pro-Trump network. But they’re not news networks,” King stated.

King has not been shy about criticizing his former network, as seen in an interview last week with RT America where he echoed the same sentiment.

“CNN stopped doing news a long time ago, they do Trump,” he said in the Tuesday interview.

Tom Tillison

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