‘When you lose NPR…’ Reviews for Acosta’s new book are in, and it doesn’t bode well for success

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CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta probably expected fanfare and gratitude from the masses for his book exposing the “dangerous time” journalists are living in thanks to President Trump.

But it seems even reviewers decidedly on the left of the political divide are finding a hard time applauding what seems to be merely Acosta’s book about… Jim Acosta.

Thanking “the climate of fear that Trump had created” for the view by Americans that journalists “weren’t really human,” the CNN reporter shared multiple tweets of photos from his book, “Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America.”

Acosta even tweeted photos of himself at a book signing in Arlington, Virginia that sparked mockery over the absence of any customers.

Several reviews of Acosta’s book are in and don’t seem to bode well for the reporter who admitted this week that Trump is “crazy like a fox” and controls the press like puppets.

Even National Public Radio’s Annalisa Quinn gave Acosta’s book a blistering review accusing the reporter of using it  “as an opportunity to relitigate his spats with the White House rather than to meaningfully interrogate the cultural shift that left huge numbers of people despising and fearing the press.”

Quinn wrote:

In “The Enemy of the People,” Acosta sounds less like a reporter than a rival athlete: “We beat Trump!” Acosta remembers shouting after the lawsuit. Later, he writes, the “Trump people … had clearly gotten spanked.” The tone throughout is jocular and self-congratulatory. Describing a Trump confrontation, he writes that another reporter was “the real hero” of the news conference for defending Acosta, something you only say if you believe you are, in fact, the apparent and obvious hero.


The scathing review continued with Quinn noting how reporters ” become part of the story when the president attacks them,” as is often the case when Acosta has sparred with Trump.

“But in between absorbing abuse and hitting back is another option: fighting for access, challenging the president on lies and reporting the facts the way you would with any other story,” Quinn contended. “Acosta seems to believe that the attacks give him special dispensation to offer his personal opinions and that doing so is even an act of bravery or public service.”

Twitter users amused by NPR’s negative take on Acosta’s book also offered their own reviews.

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