November 16, 2018
It’s not just President Donald Trump, White House press secretaries Sean Spicer and Sarah Huckabee Sanders who think Jim Acosta is out of control. Even some of his journalist colleagues think his antics are bad for journalism.
Some of his peers, including liberal ones, have been complaining about Acosta long before his November 7 press conference theatrics that got him suspended by the White House.
Way back in January of 2017, The Hill’s Joe Concha, appearing on FNC’s MediaBuzz, ripped into Acosta as “entitled” and “obnoxious” when he tussled with then-President-elect Trump. Concha accused the CNN White House correspondent of “grandstanding”: “I wonder why Jim Acosta felt that he was entitled – more privileged than the other 250 reporters that were in that room by repeatedly yelling no more than 14 times at a President-elect, demanding that he be afforded the right to ask a question. I found that to be grandstanding.”
Concha also took a shot at Acosta’s bosses (who sued the White House over the suspension): “CNN, that morning, around 5:45, reserved eight seats for themselves in the front row by putting reserved signs down there, effectively boxing out other news organizations that wanted that kind of access….CNN’s behavior here, I have to say has been – in Jim Acosta’s case, making about himself, making himself the story, and CNN – eight reservations…that’s just obnoxious.”
This article was posted: Friday, November 16, 2018 at 8:13 am