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CNN’s Jim Acosta spent four years showboating, whining and picking fights with President Trump and his administration, but things are going to be changing in the New Year.
The CNN White House reporter told The Atlantic in a piece published this week that he “couldn’t stomach” the president’s treatment of the media and sees different days ahead as Democrat Joe Biden potentially takes office in a few weeks.
“I don’t think the press should be trying to whip up the Biden presidency and turn it into must-see TV in a contrived way,” Acosta told the Atlantic’s McKay Coppins, who noted that the reporter “doesn’t expect to bring the same crusading style to his coverage of the next administration.”
Conservative commentator and radio talk-show host, Tammy Bruce, exposed Acosta’s hypocrisy during a segment on Fox News as she filled in as guest host on “Hannity” Wednesday, highlighting the article titled “The Resistance’s Breakup With the Media Is at Hand.”
(Source: Fox News)
“To the surprise of no one, Acosta is vowing to take it easy on Joe Biden,” Bruce said, noting that the CNN correspondent will soon be “rolling out the red carpet” for the Democrat.
Acosta’s “on-air indignation has always been genuine,” the Atlantic piece insisted, in recounting his “spats” with the White House.
“You can’t just go and trash the press and totally lie to the American people and tell them real news is fake news,” Acosta said. “I couldn’t stomach it.”
According to The Atlantic:
If that sounds like a double standard, Acosta told me it’s not partisan—it’s a matter of professional solidarity. In his view, Trump’s campaign to discredit the press has constituted a “nonstop national emergency,” one that required a defiant response. “If being at the White House is not an experience that might merit hazard pay,” he said, “then perhaps it is going to be approached differently.”
Acosta recently whined to CNN’s Brian Stelter about “the hostility the president was directing toward the press,” and that “Trump supporters all over the country absorbing this hostility that the president was directing at the press and then lashing out at us.”
Acosta claimed he and other White House reporters felt “endangered” and were targeted with death threats.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 28, 2020
Of course, the many Trump-bashing reporters who were afraid for their lives braved the challenges over the years to make talk show appearances and secure lucrative book deals based on their hatred of the president.
Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz called out the double standard, noting that Acosta’s admission about plans to treat Biden differently essentially confirms he has brought his own “personal vendetta” to the job of covering the Trump presidency.
“Jim Acosta got a book deal and a little bit of fame by constantly trashing President Trump, debating him rather than questioning him, and pushing his own agenda,” Kurtz told Jon Scott on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” on Wednesday, referring to the reporter’s 2019 book titled, “The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America.”
(Source: Fox News)
“For him now to tell The Atlantic, among other quotes, that the Trump presidency was a ‘nonstop national emergency,’ and that he couldn’t stomach the president’s attacks on the press, really shows that, for Jim Acosta, this has been a personal vendetta,” the host of Fox News’ “MediaBuzz” said.
“Now to say that the Biden presidency will be approached differently, it’s not very hard to crack that code,” Kurtz added. “Acosta, and there will be others, I assure you, that have no intention of aggressively covering the Biden tenure.”
Kurtz called out the “blatant double standard” of the media, and also pointed to another quote in The Atlantic piece from Olivia Nuzzi, who wrote for The Daily Beast before joining New York magazine.
“It didn’t really require any special bravery to report honestly and critically on Donald Trump,” Nuzzi said. “On a purely social level, I don’t know that reporting critically on Joe Biden will feel as safe for reporters.”
Kurtz noted that her comments were correct since Nuzzi and others who have been critical of Trump “got hailed by the resistance.”
“You got cable news contracts, you got big Twitter followings,” Kurtz said. “You’ll get blowback if you’re a reporter who then goes very hard at President-elect Joe Biden, from your newfound liberal fans, who liked it when you did that to Donald Trump.”
But Kurtz had a word of caution and advice for liberal reporters who now think they can go easy on Biden.
“President Trump has been very challenging to cover through years of controversy and chaos,” he said.
“I understand that, especially during this period when he’s contesting the election results,” he added. “If the journalists just take a much softer approach to Joe Biden, that will prove to everybody that it really wasn’t about the people involved, it was about the ideology.”
Acosta’s admission of bias and the coming change in tone of the media to a potential Biden presidency sparked criticism on Twitter where many admitted it was not a surprise.
“Many members of the mainstream media continue to prove that they aren’t interested in being independent journalists, but in doing the bidding of the radical left,” U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona tweeted.
“Fake News, Democrat activist, @Acosta Jim Acosta admits he will go easy on old, slow Joe Biden. Shouldn’t his pay be cut in half, since he only gives half the facts and only investigates half of Washington?” talk radio hist Mark Simone asked on Twitter.
Acosta loves being the story.
— Stevesms (@stevesms1960) December 31, 2020
I’m shocked 🤣🤣
— Stop the Steal (@SteveSm05708535) December 30, 2020
Jim Acosta in Atlantic Magazine: “I don’t think the press should be trying to whip up the Biden presidency and turn it into must-see TV in a contrived way.”
As close to a confession as we’re going to get that his reporting on the Trump administration was all a sham for ratings.
— Lost in Boston (@lostboston) December 30, 2020
fantastic news! that means we don’t have to see Acosta anymore. He will slink back into obscurity where he belongs.
— Heap Bartlet (@heapy3222) December 31, 2020
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