CNN reporter Jim Acosta took to Twitter on Thursday to complain about President Trump taking a question from a reporter who likely does not harbor an extremely biased hatred towards him, and plenty of social media users called him out.
Calling Trump’s joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday a “fake news conference,” Acosta was outraged that one of the reporters called on was David Martosko from the Daily Mail. Martosko has acknowledged that he had considered, and then dismissed, working with the Trump administration.
“Trump finally held a news conference overseas. But he took a question from a friendly reporter and then attacked CNN as ‘fake news,’ ” tweeted Acosta.
— Toots Sweet (@heytootssweet) July 6, 2017
His complaints went on in a series of tweets where he cried, “Isn’t it a ‘fake news conference’ to take a question from a reporter who is essentially an ally of the White House?”
“One of the questions came from a reporter who acknowledged he had just talked to WH about a job last month,” he added, with a link to a story in The Hill about Martosko backing out of talks with the White House to join Trump’s communications team.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) July 6, 2017
Martosko had asked Trump about his ongoing war with CNN, and Trump replied, “They’ve been covering me in a very dishonest way. … What CNN, and others, NBC is equally is bad, despite the fact that I made them a fortune with ‘The Apprentice,’ but they forgot that,” he said.
Acosta failed to acknowledge that an MSNBC reporter was also allowed to ask a question during the press conference, and she focused on the bogus Russia investigation.
Who was the female reporter who asked about Russia?
— Nicole Hickman James (@nicolejames) July 6, 2017
It gets better.
The CNN reporter overlooked the fact that the Obama administration constantly called on friendly journalists. “So by that logic, was every news conference for the last 8 years #fakenews Jim?” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 6, 2017
Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer added: “Jim – care to guess how many questions I took from reporters who went on to join the Obama WH??” Fleischer served under G.W. Bush.
As covered in DML’s film, “We Ride to DC,” Obama loaded his team with friendly journalists from major media outlets. From former WH Press secretary Jay Carney, to the former Time managing editor Rick Stengel, Obama had 24 journalists work for the his administration.
It didn’t stop there with Acosta.
“The other thing that was ‘fake news’ coming from President Trump is when he said, ‘Well, I keep hearing it’s 17 intelligence agencies that say Russia meddled in the election, I think it’s only three or four,’” Acosta reported. “Where does that number come from? Where does this ‘three or four’ number come from? My suspicion…is that if we go to the administration and ask them for this question, I’m not so sure we’re going to get an answer.”
Well Jim, it was the New York Times. Originally the liberal news outlet reported 17 agencies, but the later corrected the claim by stating, “the assessment was made by four intelligence agencies – the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency…. The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizers in the American intelligence community.”
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