Fake news CNN reporter Jim Acosta continues to be a blight at White House press briefings. In a crowd full of bad reporters, asking irrelevant gotcha questions at a time when our nation needs important information more than ever, Acosta stands out as the most disruptive figure at the briefings. He's always been annoying. But as Americans are dying in a global pandemic, Acosta is playing politics and interrupting experts in an attempt to score political points against the president.
On Friday, Acosta interrupted Dr. Deborah Birx as she tried to explain the current focus of the administration's efforts is to tackle the coronavirus. Dr. Birx said there will be an appropriate time later to analyze the actions of the global community and its response to the coronavirus pandemic. Acosta interrupted the doctor, demanding to know why the president said the virus would go away and it hasn't yet. It's basically the same question Acosta keeps asking at every briefing. People are getting sick of it.
Jonathan Turley, the constitutional law professor who testified before the House impeachment inquiry, said Acosta's behavior is destroying the media's credibility, and CNN really can't afford to lose any more of that.
Jim Acosta's interruption of Dr. Birx is an example of how CNN's echo-journalism model is destroying the media's credibility. Every question from Acosta is an effort to score points rather than elicit information. It is a press pandemic that continues to rage without relief.— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) April 3, 2020
And Professor Turley is far from alone.
Acosta asking why this pandemic wasn’t predicted is probably the most foolish “gotcha” question I’ve seen. This situation is extraordinary. And these questions are massively unhelpful. My Lord.— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) April 3, 2020
It’s ridiculous that his colleagues at CNN and in the profession don’t speak up. They’re complicit.— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) April 3, 2020
Americans want answers to questions about the present state of the virus spread, the outlook, the relief and when life will return to normal. Reporters like @acosta don’t care. He wants to play a blame game asking loaded questions so he will get more attention. It’s disgusting.— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) April 3, 2020
Jim Acosta is like an old meme from 2018 that has long outlived it’s shelf life and yet still ends up in your tl— Jon Miller (@MillerStream) April 4, 2020
Has everyone noticed that CNN's fake news idiot Jim Acosta has asked the exact same dumb gotcha question every day at the press briefing. Lazy and irresponsible. No wonder even the White House Correspondents Association President called him a clown.— MARK SIMONE (@MarkSimoneNY) April 3, 2020
The more the media repeats the same questions, the more it's clear that their agenda, generally, is to assign political blame and not actually to inform the public, much less help an effort to save the country (including them).— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) April 3, 2020
I have never heard Jim Acosta ask a question that wasn't focused on putting the spotlight on himself.— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) April 3, 2020
.@Acosta just tried to mansplain to Dr. Birx— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) April 3, 2020
He keeps outdoing himself. You would have to go to four years of graduate a** school to become as big an a** as Acosta. Or, if you prefer, substitute jerk for a**.— David Limbaugh (@DavidLimbaugh) April 3, 2020
And that's just what the polite, blue-checked Tweeters had to say.