Multiple reporters have privately complained about CNN’s Jim Acosta in recent days as the reporter continues to wait on a federal judge’s ruling as to whether he can at least temporarily restore the White House correspondent’s press credentials.
“A few CNN reporters told me that they’re embarrassed by Acosta & CNN,” Republican strategist Arthur Schwartz said. “A WH correspondent from a major network (not Fox) told me ‘This isn’t the Jim F*ing Acosta Show. We all hate him. He’s an a**hole and he actually is disrespectful to the president.'”
A few CNN reporters told me that they’re embarrassed by Acosta & CNN. A WH correspondent from a major network (not Fox) told me “This isn’t the Jim F*ing Acosta Show. We all hate him. He’s an asshole and he actually is disrespectful to the president.”
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) November 13, 2018
A member of the White House press corps told The Daily Wire this afternoon that “Acosta’s one-man show is a lot less about asking the president tough questions than it is about aspiring to [get] his own show on CNN.”
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer revealed on Tuesday during an appearance on Fox News’ “The Story,” with Martha MacCallum, that he has heard similar remarks made by other members of the press that work with Acosta.
Speaking about Acosta’s antics that got his press pass taken away, Spicer said, “It was rude and unbecoming to his other fellow journalists more than anything else.”
“There is clearly a group of journalists that are disgusted and find Mr. Acosta’s behavior out of line,” Spicer continued. “But, what happens is, and I wrote about this in my book, that there’s a bunch of groupthink and fear about going against the groupthink that they all face in there. And so, right now they all feel compelled to come out and say. But privately, they’ll tell you that they find his behavior unacceptable and doesn’t bode well for their industry.”
Sean Spicer on CNN’s Jim Acosta: “I’ve actually spoken to several reporters … there’s clearly a group of journalists that are disgusted and find Mr. Acosta’s behavior out of line … privately they’ll tell you they find his behavior unacceptable…” pic.twitter.com/yj0xSagQVQ
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 14, 2018
Acosta’s press pass was taken away last week after Acosta once again grandstanded the president during a press conference and then refused to give his microphone up to a White House intern who was instructed to take it from him.
Acosta placed his hands on the intern and prevented her from taking the microphone:
We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video. pic.twitter.com/T8X1Ng912y
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018
CNN and Acosta repeatedly lied (examples can be found here and here) about what happened, insisting that the event never happened despite the clear evidence that it did happen.
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) November 8, 2018