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Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts wrote his first-ever Jim Acosta-themed #DearDiary entry this Thursday, and it was a sight to behold.
Roberts experienced his first Acosta-like meltdown after critics on social media blasted him for acting “obnoxious” during a White House briefing.
During a briefing that afternoon, Roberts asked White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany whether she can confirm that President Donald Trump denounces white supremacy.
The press secretary responded by listing multiple examples of the president having denounced white supremacy — some of them from this very week. But this wasn’t enough for Roberts.
“But just to clear it up this morning, can you, naming it, make a declarative statement that the president denounces it,” he demanded.
In response, McEnany said, “I just did.”
This prompted Roberts to accuse her of having just “just read a bunch of quotes from the past.”
It’s unclear what else he’d expected. It’s not her job to put words in the president’s mouth but rather to convey the president’s words to the public. And conveying the president’s words means quoting him.
“The president was asked this. You’re contriving a story line and narrative,” the press secretary said, after which she tried to move on to a more cooperative reporter.
But alas, Roberts — much like Acosta — chose to hog the mic.
“Kayleigh, can you right now denounce white supremacy and the group that espouses it,” he said, repeating his talking point for the third time in a row, and provoking the press secretary into rehashing her list of examples for the umpteenth time.
Watch the back-and-forth exchange below:
.@PressSec blows the idea that President Trump hasn’t denounced White Supremacy out of the water. pic.twitter.com/DJ9PYV7FPo
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 1, 2020
Roberts’ haranguing of the press secretary apparently ticked off a lot of people, because the Fox personality quickly became the target of some criticism on Twitter.
Look at some of it below: (** Language warning)
John you owe Kayleigh Mcenany an apology! You were rude and obnoxious. You are no better than the other highly offensive reporters in these White House briefings! Shame on you and shame on Fox News for not throwing you out on your ass!
— Jerry Behen 🇺🇸 (@BehenJerry) October 1, 2020
I’m thinking @johnrobertsFox wanted to make news not report on it. https://t.co/4LWsP8WCx6
— Tom Borelli, Ph.D. (@tomborelli) October 1, 2020
@johnrobertsFox bad look today in presser. You are continuing to spread a lie about something @realDonaldTrump never said. He has disavowed white supremacists a dozen times. How many more times does he need to see or hear it.
The whitehouse press is a joke
— 🇺🇸Anonymous Sources Stacy🇺🇸 (@Discoveringme40) October 1, 2020
@johnrobertsFox SHAMEFUL behavior by you today. Get off your hate Trump agenda and get back to real news. Such a disappointment to see your bias.
— jodierocco (@jodierocco) October 1, 2020
@johnrobertsFox John, the President has labeled the KKK a terrorist organization. He has always come out against white supremacy. FOX news gives us liberal Chris Wallace trying to [email protected] a debate and now this. Why don’t you all change your name to CNN2.
— EP (@epinindy) October 1, 2020
@johnrobertsFox How about young all of the press corp try to display the decorum you accuse the president for violating. You ask, they answer you maybe get to follow up or not but you don’t interrupt like a 6 year old school boy toasts about to pee his pants.
— Mick (@Mick42594272) October 1, 2020
There’s a LOT more where that came from …
Even McEnany took a shot at Roberts by pointing out that the president had already denounced white supremacy while speaking to his wife, Kyra Phillips, a day earlier.
Check out McEnany’s tweet below:
.@johnrobertsFox I would refer you to your wife’s reporting from 21 hours ago… accurate reporting I cited in the White House Press Briefing. https://t.co/dV3Hzp1UaI
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) October 1, 2020
Sadly, all this criticism was too much for Roberts, aka Jim Acosta 2.0.
In a stunning rant delivered on live television, the Fox News chief White House corespondent excoriated his Twitter critics for daring to criticize him.
In the words of Greta Thunberg, “How dare you!?”
“For all of you on Twitter who are hammering me for asking the question, I don’t care because it’s a question that needs to be asked, and clearly the presidents’ Republican colleagues a mile away from here are looking for an answer too. So stop deflecting, stop blaming the media! I’m tired of it,” he angrily belly-ached.
This was recorded sometime after the briefing.
Watch (*Cringe warning):
Fox News’ John Roberts just had a meltdown after being criticized for repeatedly asking @PressSec to denounce white supremacy:
“For all of you on Twitter who are hammering me for asking the question, I don’t care… Stop deflecting. Stop blaming the media. I’m tired of it.” pic.twitter.com/kqxBxhh5be
— Kelb Hull (@CalebJHull) October 1, 2020
But if he thought the previous criticism was bad, he ain’t seen nothing yet.
In response to his outburst, Roberts has since become the target of scathing-hot, caustic condemnation and vitriol from the masses.
Here’s just a small sample (*Language warning):
shut the fuck up! you are 63 years old and have been in politics for 45 years by now if you can’t see trumps deeds against racism you’re blind! next the man has separated himself from the negative race politics you, you’re wife, and the left love to swim in.
— james ennis (@ennis23_james) October 1, 2020
Fuck you too John. You all are idiots driving an agenda that isn’t there. Go ask Joe if he will renounce his coddling of KKK.
— Const’lGovernance (@ConstlGovt) October 1, 2020
@johnrobertsFox You whiney fuckin’ bitch
— Covid 9mm, Chiraq aka “stroking violence” (@UserName14948) October 1, 2020
God you are an insufferable little bitch. Do you do date night with @Acosta
— Joe Venkman (@joevenkman) October 1, 2020
Roberts, you big bitch baby = the new Acosta. Yeah, stupid stupid media.. lets focus on Proud Boys… perfectly Legit. After all so- ROUS tells you what to do anyway GTFO
— Sasa Ke? (@ETHEREUM777) October 1, 2020
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