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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany once again torched CNN’s Jim Acosta after his grandstanding outrage over one of President Trump’s recent tweets.
McEnany schooled the CNN reporter over his attention-grabbing efforts, giving him a lesson about satire versus news and his own network’s track record as he pressed her with inane questions about a clip the president retweeted that poked fun at CNN.
(Source: Fox News)
Acosta’s showboating began with him confronting McEnany about not wearing a face mask at Trump’s planned campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday before moving on to the tweet that was flagged by Twitter as “manipulated media.”
“Last night, the president tweeted out some fake videos, one of which was labeled ‘manipulated media’ by Twitter,” Acosta began at Friday’s White House press briefing.
“Why is the president sharing fake videos on Twitter about two toddlers who are obviously showing a lot of love for one another? It seems as though he is exploiting children to make some sort of point,” he said, adding his sensationalizing take.
The tweet the president had shared was created by meme-maker Carpe Donktum and was meant to poke at mainstream media’s false narrative about the president and his supporters being racists, using a video clip of two toddlers and a CNN chyron. CNN fired back in a tweet accusing Trump of “tweeting fake videos that exploit innocent children.” Twitter felt the need to flag the video as well for anyone who didn’t understand satire.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 19, 2020
The video in the tweet was eventually disabled, as Acosta happily pointed out Friday.
— DeAnna Lorraine 🇺🇸 (@DeAnna4Congress) June 19, 2020
“He was making a point about CNN specifically,” McEnany responded to Acosta’s question in the press briefing.
“He was making a point that CNN has regularly taken him out of context,” she continued. “That in 2019, CNN misleadingly aired a clip from one viewpoint repeatedly, to falsely accuse the Covington boys of being ‘Students in MAGA gear harassing a Native American elder.’”
“That’s a harassing video, a misleading video about children that had really grave consequences for their future,” she pointed out, referring to the incident last year involving Covington Catholic High School students and Omaha Tribe elder Nathan Phillips at the Lincoln Memorial.
CNN eventually settled a lawsuit with Nicholas Sandmann who was seen in the viral video wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. The student, who was initially vilified by the mainstream media, sued CNN for $275 million in May 2019 over its bias and manipulation of the narrative.
But Acosta went full-steam ahead with his rant on Friday, pushing the press secretary again.
“So you’re saying it is OK to exploit to toddlers hugging one another on to make some sort of political point?” he asked. “As you know, the president has described members of the press as fake news during the course of this administration. When you share a vague video like that, doesn’t that make you fake news?”
“I think the president was making satirical point that was quite funny if you go and actually watch the video,” McEnany shot back. “The point was it was a play on CNN reportedly taking the repeatedly taking him out of context.”
Acosta began grasping for straws in his attempt to maintain the spotlight, bringing up Trump’s past policies and how they were allegedly harmful to certain races and ethnicities. McEnany shut him down.
“That is an absurd attempt to justify the misleading headlines that are regularly on your network,” she said. “I was just walking in watching CNN as they applauded the ‘Rallies in the streets,.”
Acosta continued trying to interrupt her and McEnany made it clear she was having none of it.
“You got to let me finish, Jim, this isn’t a cable news segment,” she fired at him. “I’m answering your question right now from the White House podium.”
Twitter users continued to roast Acosta over the exchange and the original tweet, which its creator noted no one even asked him to explain.
The funniest part of the last 24 hours was watching the news media analyze what the message was behind this meme… and not one of them bothered to ask me.pic.twitter.com/eF7iLGhxTN
— Carpe Donktum🔹 (@CarpeDonktum) June 19, 2020
Kayleigh does another MIC 🎤 DROP on Acosta
— 1776Patriot (@1776Patriot6) June 20, 2020
— Texas Murder Hornet (@TS5899) June 19, 2020
Acosta is out of his league
— CraigMartin (@CraigMa08781754) June 19, 2020
— frank doane (@frankdoane) June 19, 2020
— Spay & Neuter the Media (@k_ovfefe2) June 19, 2020
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