Screw Your Feelings, Man: Former MSNBC Host Trashes Whiny Antics Of CNN's Jim Acosta

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Posted: Aug 03, 2018 1:40 PM
Screw Your Feelings, Man: Former MSNBC Host Trashes Whiny Antics Of CNN's Jim Acosta

CNN’s Jim Acosta is becoming the story of the week. Well, at least one of them; the Trump White House is a flurry of activity. Acosta was at President Trump’s rally in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday, where supporters of the president heckled him. Yes, they chanted “CNN sucks.” Yes, a few middle fingers were thrown. So what? Suck it up. Acosta stayed and did his job, so at least he has the gumption to—you know—take a few punches. And he obviosuly wasn't in mortal danger because he did stay. The alleged abuse was patty cake stuff. It was no different than trash talking at a sports event. Still, never sacrificing an opportunity to be on television, Acosta said he felt he was no longer in America due to the heckling. 

Yesterday, he got into a tense exchange with White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, where he demanded the administration declare that the press isn’t the enemy of the people. When she did not give the answer he was looking for, he said he left the press briefing room.

“I walked out of the end of that briefing because I am totally saddened by what just happened,” he said. “Sarah Sanders was repeatedly given a chance to say the press is not the enemy and she wouldn’t do it.”

He also suggested that journalists chant that outside of the White House. That was met with a collective eyeroll. And even some former hosts of networks, like MSNBC, are calling out Acosta for his antics. Dave Shuster, who is now managing editor for i24NEWS, tweeted, that not only is Acosta giving the Trump White House another win, he’s hurting journalism.

“Hey Jim @acosta, the job of a true journalist is not to be sad or happy by what happens in a press briefing room,” Shuster tweeted.  “It is to ask questions and report facts about what was said/not said.  Your feelings, antics, + self promotion are hurting journalism, not helping it. Enough.”

He won’t. Despite being a whipping boy for this administration, Acosta will probably continue to be the Trump White House’s favorite punching bag, serving them easy wins, and become exhibit A in demonstrating how this president is always two steps ahead, especially when it’s CNN. 

Do you think these shenanigans would be drastically reduced if cameras were removed from the press breifing room?