There are few certainties in topsy-turvy post-Obama America, but one thing we can count on is that CNN’s prima-donna reporter Jim Acosta is going to be Jim Acosta.
Now the network’s chief domestic correspondent, Acosta shared a photo of himself getting a COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, and to ensure that the focus would be more about him than the vaccine itself, he wore a t-shirt emblazoned with his perceived accomplishments in 2020.
The shirt itself was black, with bold white lettering that jumps out. In a display of virtue signaling designed to distract from his narcissism, Acosta attempted to paint a more selfless picture.
“Just the shot in the arm I needed. The latest studies show the Covid-19 vaccines are highly effective. Please do your part to end this pandemic. Get your shot!” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, the t-shirt reads: “In 2020, I covered the impeachment trial & a caucus night (that lasted a week) & the primaries & the covid pandemic & the economic crash & the racial justice protests & Lafayette Square & so many rallies & the death of RBG & the president’s 1AM coronavirus diagnosis & a Supreme Court confirmation & an election night (that lasted a week) & things by tweet & the recounts & the presidential transition & I have a commemorative shirt to prove it.”
Just the shot in the arm I needed. The latest studies show the Covid-19 vaccines are highly effective. Please do your part to end this pandemic. Get your shot! pic.twitter.com/QUYCt3sZ74
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) March 30, 2021
Of course, the real “shot in the arm” the reporter needs is attention, and lots of it.
A blow-up of the photo is seen below, offering a clearer image of Acosta’s messaging:
Acosta became a household name for continually challenging former President Donald Trump, consistently putting political ideology ahead of journalism. Cashing in on this effort, he wrote a book that featured his jousting with Trump.
As expected, Acosta would get lit up online, but one tweet, in particular, seemed to sum things up perfectly.
“This is the most Jim Acosta thing Jim Acosta has ever done, even more Jim Acosta than Jim Acosta making his Twitter header a picture of Jim Acosta pointing at Jim Acosta’s Twitter avatar of Jim Acosta,” tweeted Stephen L. Miller.
This is the most Jim Acosta thing Jim Acosta has ever done, even more Jim Acosta than Jim Acosta making his Twitter header a picture of Jim Acosta pointing at Jim Acosta’s Twitter avatar of Jim Acosta https://t.co/9VvwdD7aIV
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) March 30, 2021
Here’s a sampling of other reactions to the story from Twitter:
My goodness this t-shirt is quite the way of screaming that you’re a certifiable narcissist.
Jim Acosta has to be in the top ten of the most self-centered journalists and Americans period https://t.co/2lG9zVnAGr
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) March 30, 2021
Ladies, find you a man who loves you like Jim Acosta loves Jim Acosta https://t.co/zI8o6XHf1C
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) March 30, 2021
Jim Acosta to Jim Acosta. pic.twitter.com/llF7SNYDra
— Anna James Zeigler (@ajzeigler) March 30, 2021
If you zoom in closely, it says: “I tried super hard to journalism but all I got was this lousy T-Shirt.”
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) March 30, 2021
I bitched and complained about doing my job for a year, while successfully making it all about me and all I got was this t-shirt I made for myself…
— Kevin Dalton (@NextLAMayor) March 30, 2021
Next shirt should say “I’m the jackass who pushed a White House intern because press briefings need to be all about me & then I can write ‘dear diary’ posts about my experiences & get made fun of on Twitter & think I’m the shit.”
— Beth Baumann (@eb454) March 30, 2021
You’re really wearing that shirt, one you specifically picked out that day knowing you’d be photographed in it, and you wonder why your profession is held in contempt by the public.
— John William Sherrod (@jwsherrod) March 30, 2021
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