While participating in a media event at the Newseum in Washington D.C., CNN propagandist Jim Acosta declared, among many other things, that it’s the right and “duty” of the media to ask President Trump if he’s a racist, adding that it’s not right for the chief executive to call CNN and other far-left outlets “fake news.”
Writing at NewsBusters, Kristine Marsh said the event was sponsored by the left-wing Committee to Protect Journalists, which set the tone for the anti-Trump rants, declaring that it was “abundantly clear” that President Trump “[was] doing serious damage to the U.S. standing globally, and embolden[ing] autocrats around the world.”
Acosta and fellow CNN “journalist” April Ryan kept the crazy flowing by emphasizing how dangerous Trump is to freedom and democracy, Marsh wrote.
He claimed, for example, that he “absolutely receives death threats,” which prompted Ryan to state:
It’s very real for some of us. … For me it’s real. I’ve been getting death threats just for asking a question. A logical question. … [T]he FBI is on speed dial, so is the Secret Service and local police department.
Acosta added that he read a book recently whose cover art showed a t-shirt with a journalist, a rope, and a tree, reading, “Some assembly required.” Acosta complained the tacky t-shirt was somehow proof that we would soon be seeing dead journalists on the side of the road:
I remember seeing that t-shirt at Trump rallies, during the campaign. We have to get through our minds, that that is un-American. We don’t kill journalists in this country. The moment that that happens, the moment that there’s a dead journalist on the side of the highway, because of the rhetoric coming out of the White House from the President of the United States, is a day that we become something less than the United States of America. Full stop. End of story.
Acosta worried that it would take “an intervening event” of that kind, to “shake people’s consciousness, to sort of snap them out of this. … [S]ome folks are under a spell where they think it’s okay to go after us like this, and they’re going to have to get it shocked out of their system,” he ranted.
Translation: Acosta thinks that Trump supporters are ready to kill journalists, based on a photo of a t-shirt he once allegedly spotted — on a book cover.
But there’s more.
Addressing the issue of Trump’s alleged “sh*thole” comment, the legitimacy of which has been questioned by several people at the meeting where he supposedly made the statement, Acosta declared: “Goddammit, I’ll say it out loud, but it is our right, it is our duty, it is our role to ask the President of the United States if he’s a racist!”
“Let me just get this out of my system,” he ranted:
My belief is, and it’s a strong belief, is that the President of the United States, is acting in a way that is simply unpresidential when it comes to deal with members of the press. We should not tolerate this and let me just say this, it is not right to call us the enemy of the people, it is not right to call us fake news, it is not right to retweet images of the president tackling reporters, running them over with trains, squashing them like a bug. …
Keep in mind the press — especially CNN and MSNBC — have engaged in a propaganda war against the president and his supporters for more than a year, many times with stories that are either fake or highly deceptive.
“I’m sorry but when I got thrown out of the Oval Office or told to get out of the Oval Office, to me that is a badge of honor,” Acosta further said. The reference was to an incident several days ago. A press conference had just ended and reporters were being ushered out of the room when journalist Acosta asked Trump again if he was a racist. The president’s response was to point to Acosta and say, “You: Out.”
Acosta later said the network’s agenda is “to tell the truth and give people the facts.” Apart from the fact that news networks aren’t supposed to have “agendas,” this explains why CNN garnered four of Trump’s “Fake News” awards.
Acosta also claimed that Fox News, in contrast, “had an agenda, which is to turn people off of the press. It’s determined, it’s purposeful, and it’s bad for our democracy.”
Translation: Giving an alternate and balanced view of issues is bad for “democracy,” but waging a propaganda war designed to inflame hate and violence against a sitting president is good. Got it.
We’ve seen this behavior before from Acosta. Last year, at another media event held by the Newseum, he declared that it was “un-American” for Trump to attack CNN, while it was perfectly acceptable for him to scream at the president during press conferences.
No wonder many see CNN as the least-trusted name in network news.
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