CNN’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta is preparing to write a book about his “frightening” experiences covering President Donald Trump, but in the meantime he is telling anyone who will listen what a dangerous time it is to be a spokesman for “truth” in the United States. Acosta, who has at best a glancing familiarity with the truth, appeared at the Oxford Union Society in the UK this week with a message of doom from across the pond.
“Perhaps they won’t stop calling us the enemy of the people because it works so well with their people, but all of this adds up to one painful reality: This is a dangerous time to tell the truth in America,” he told students gathered for the symposium.
Acosta said that Trump’s rhetoric had created “an atmosphere where people can get hurt, where journalists can get murdered.”
Acosta has been neither hurt nor murdered since Trump took office, but he has seen his career at CNN skyrocket thanks to the absurdly confrontational style he brings with him to press briefings. These clownish antics have been widely derided by conservatives, the Trump administration, and even some of Acosta’s colleagues in the liberal media, but apparently Jeff Zucker likes what he sees.
And believe us, Acosta is not writing a book entitled “Enemy of the People” so that he can warn the nation about the darkening skies surrounding the First Amendment. He’s doing it because there’s more freedom of the press than ever before in this country, and because there is absolutely no danger whatsoever in putting yourself out there as an elitist, know-nothing, enemy of the president. In fact, it takes no courage whatsoever.
Unfortunately, Acosta managed to turn himself into a martyr for the free press a few months ago when Trump had all he could take of his rude, showboating behavior. After Acosta fooled himself into thinking that presidential press conferences were “The Jim Acosta Show” in disguise, he refused to give up him time after asking several questions of Trump. When a young intern attempted to wrest the microphone away from him, Acosta swatted her away in a manner completely inappropriate for the venue. He was subsequently stripped of his White House security credentials, but somehow managed to find a judge sympathetic to his plight. Now he thinks he has something to say about this administration – one of the most transparent in history – and their attempts to silence reporters.
The truth is that the media has never been less silent, less constrained (by the president or by, you know, FACTS), or less oppressed. It is in no way, shape, or form a “dangerous” time to be a journalist.
In a year or two, though, when all the hype dies down and the American people finally realize what a joke CNN and other liberal outlets have become? Then it may indeed become a dangerous time to be a journalist, at least in terms of finding steady employment.
Better save your money, Jim.