CNN’s Acosta to Colbert: ‘We’re not supposed to be the story. That’s not why I’m out there’

CNN’s Acosta to Colbert: ‘We’re not supposed to be the story. That’s not why I’m out there’
CNN's Jim Acosta, crying on camera (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – The sad part is that he probably believes it.]

CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta told Stephen Colbert that reporters are “not supposed to be the story,” adding: “That’s not why I’m out there.”

“Do you worry that the president points at y’all so much and there’s a natural need to respond as a human being that you end up being the story when that’s not really the goal of your journalism?” Colbert asked Acosta on the CBS “Late Show” Wednesday night.

“We’re not supposed to be the story, you know. That’s not why I’m out there,” Acosta responded. “I get accused of that from time to time, and my attitude is ‘Listen, I’m allowed to care about this country as much as anybody else.'”

The Atlantic’s Todd S. Purdum argued earlier this week that Acosta’s combative style is “blurring the line between reporting and performance,” adding that the CNN correspondent is a “convenient villain” for the White House’s war with the press.

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