Trump Slam-Dunks ‘Fake News’ CNN’s Acosta: Refuses to Take Questions

Written by Kevin Fobbs on July 15, 2018

One of the bread and butter assignments that a reporter can have is to have an opportunity to accompany the president of the United States on oversea assignment and ask a news question. Well, not so much if you are Fake News, which is why Trump Refused CNN’s Jim Acosta pleas to be called upon while at a UK press conference. According to Politico, the president slam-dunked him with a simple. “‘I Don’t Take Questions from Fake News.”

For many conservatives who have seen Acosta try time after time to make news instead of report the news at White House press briefings, this backhand slap by Trump was more than rewarding. For too long, several White House liberal reporters have decided that badgering press secretaries during the daily press briefing was acting professionally.

Yet, Acosta, who was the king of softball questions when Obama was in the White House, had apparently received full permission from network honchos to go totally full metal mental jacket against Obama and the current press secretary Sarah Sanders. He is combative, rude, self-absorbed and highly opinionated in what little news seeps from his blathering.

Time after time, Acosta makes up facts, alleges non-existent conspiracies and he and his fellow reporters and anchors have had to retract stories which were not vetted. This network and Acosta have come to define the true meaning of what Fake News is in the United States.

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Imagine how the fake news journalist had to have felt as journalists from Great Britain, Europe and those from America saw the president dunked him with the declaration “CNN is fake news. I don’t take questions — I don’t take questions from CNN. CNN is fake news. I don’t take questions from CNN.”

Some in the press corps that had accompanied the president felt that Fox White House John Roberts should have not allowed the president to call on him due to Acosta’s protestations. Politico reported, NBC’s national politics reporter Mike Memoli tweeted “There was a period when the Obama press shop iced Fox in briefings. The rest of the press corps backed them up in the interest of free press and 1st Amendment. It’d be great to see them return the professional courtesy.”

The only problem with that half-true statement, is that Fake News NBC reporter Memoli, was comparing apples and oranges; when Obama’s then-Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said the network was “not a news organization so much as it has a perspective.” After the White House excluded Fox News from a round of interviews with an administration official, where was the outrage that was shared directly with Obama?

There was none. The fake news cartel is always satisfied to spin a bottle of half-truths into a barrel of self-serving fiction.

Roberts issued a statement to help clarify the memories of those so-called reporters that were at the press conference with President Trump and Prime Minister Theresa may. He said, “In today’s press conference, I paused while my colleague from CNN went back and forth with President Trump over a question. When it became clear that the president wasn’t going to entertain a question from him, I proceeded with my question, as did my fellow colleagues in the press corps.”

Image: Excerpted from: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America – Jim Acosta, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47177906

Enough said.

Kevin Fobbs
Kevin Fobbs has more than 35 years of wide-ranging experience as a community and tenant organizer, Legal Services outreach program director, public relations consultant, business executive, gubernatorial and presidential appointee, political advisor, widely published writer, and national lecturer. Kevin is co-chair and co-founder of AC-3 (American-Canadian Conservative Coalition) that focuses on issues on both sides of the border between the two countries.

 

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