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Reviews of the new book “The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America” are starting to pour in and they’re panning the book and its author, CNN liberal star reporter Jim Acosta, who one critics insisted has “become a commentator” in the Trump era.
NPR book critic Annalisa Quinn hits Acosta’s book for not asking why President Trump has “succeeded” with his attacks against the media but used the anti-Trump memoir “as an opportunity to relitigate his spats with the White House rather than to meaningfully interrogate the cultural shift that left huge numbers of people despising and fearing the press.”
The article goes on to state the following:
“In ‘The Enemy of the People,’ Acosta sounds less like a reporter than a rival athlete: ‘We beat Trump!’ Acosta remembers shouting after the lawsuit. Later, he writes, the ‘Trump people … had clearly gotten spanked.’ The tone throughout is jocular and self-congratulatory,” Quinn wrote. “Describing a Trump confrontation, he writes that another reporter was ‘the real hero’ of the news conference for defending Acosta, something you only say if you believe you are, in fact, the apparent and obvious hero.”
The Guardian contributor Lloyd Green wasn’t much kinder, saying Acosta’s book “lacks the acid-dripping punch’ of Michael Wolff’s ‘Fire and Fury’ and ‘Siege,’ the granularity of Bob Woodward’s ‘Fear’ and the salaciousness of Stormy Daniels’ ‘Full Disclosure,’ noting that the ‘bar is high’ in a universe “cluttered by tell-alls.”
“Unfortunately, Acosta’s quotes and anecdotes are frequently sourced to unnamed White House officials and political insiders,” Green wrote. “For example, we are told that at least one member of the administration views Trump as ‘insane’ and another sees him as potentially ‘compromised’ by the Russians. On such topics, Acosta glides across well-tilled ground.”
Aside from actual critics, Twitter users are roasting Acosta’s book, too.
“When I heard mic-grabbing, camera-hog Acosta had written book called “Enemy of the People” I assumed it was his autobiography,” tweeted Gov. Mike Huckabee.
“Jim Acosta tweeting a quote written by himself about himself from his book about himself, which makes him out to be a victim is peak Jim Acosta,” quipped Caleb Hull.
“This book is outselling Jim Acosta’s. 😂,” wrote Mark Dice, including a picture of a Sesame Street book called “P is for Potty.”
See examples below.
NPR review of @acosta‘s book is unkind: “Acosta sounds less like a reporter than a rival athlete.” The book is “an opportunity to relitigate his spats with the White House” rather than understand the collapse of trust in the press. https://t.co/tLvxKLgrvT
— David Rutz (@DavidRutz) June 13, 2019
— Johnny Brightman (@Johnnybrightman) June 13, 2019
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 13, 2019
Jimmy Acosta and his soul-clutching hysterics over ‘Enemy of the People’ https://t.co/RS0tgpYluj
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) June 13, 2019
Video: Jim @Acosta claims that he represents and loves the American people, but his vitriol toward so many of his fellow Americans is unrivaled in the press corps with his nonsense. If being a journalist is so dangerous, why write a book and act like Captain America? What a hack pic.twitter.com/nHF1FjcOc1
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) June 12, 2019
When I heard mic-grabbing, camera-hog Acosta had written book called “Enemy of the People” I assumed it was his autobiography. https://t.co/Rvx9IBnjsU
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 10, 2019
Jim Acosta goes unnoticed at book signing, signs book for himself pic.twitter.com/e2KhyeMRIc
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) June 13, 2019
Jim Acosta: the king of self-promotion and manufactured news https://t.co/qKv6tpcDEX
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) June 10, 2019
Jim Acosta tweeting a quote written by himself about himself from his book about himself, which makes him out to be a victim is peak Jim Acosta https://t.co/HXOXuz8G03
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) June 13, 2019
Jim Acosta’s new book isn’t even in the top 100 on Amazon. 😆
The listing says it’s #94, but it’s not included on the top 100 chart at all, so maybe it was 94 earlier, but dropped off.
In comparison, my book, The True Story of Fake News, hit #15 (of all books on Amazon) 😆
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) June 13, 2019
Me now that I’ve finished Jim @Acosta‘s book after having bought it Tuesday afternoon and reading it only at work (because, I mean, this was insane as it was that I wasn’t going to read it at home) pic.twitter.com/oOQQ9GDb6t
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) June 13, 2019
New Book: ‘Look At Me, I’m Jim Acosta’ By Jim ‘Look At Me I’m Jim’ Acosta [Satire] https://t.co/xKN1vKlFYv
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) June 13, 2019
— Steve Robinson (@BigSteve207) June 13, 2019
This book is outselling Jim Acosta’s. 😂 pic.twitter.com/X0qQZ7ELGg
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) June 13, 2019
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) June 11, 2019
Jim Acosta did a book signing in Virginia and really whipped that massive crowd into a frenzy! pic.twitter.com/iv1Nb8nmo0
— Hammer and Nigel (@hammerandnigel) June 13, 2019
I see a lot of unsold books and no lines.
— Beth Baumann (@eb454) June 13, 2019
If a book falls in a bookstore, and there’s nobody there, does it make a sound?
— Robert G. Flynn (@Flinzo) June 13, 2019
Book will tank just just like CNN’s ratings.
— GolfTraveler (@steveamurray5) June 13, 2019
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