The ongoing drama between the White House, CNN, and now Fox News has reached an absurd peak this week with a prolonged legal battle over the press credentials of Jim Acosta.
Acosta was the subject of intense scrutiny just days ago when he put his hands on a young White House intern who was attempting to retrieve the microphone from him in the East Room. Acosta had been forced to yield his time after a combative attempt to goad the President into a rage turned ugly.
This was the culmination of months of grandstanding behavior by Acosta, whose antics in the White House press corps have made him a frequent target of Sarah Sanders’ barbed tongue.
Now, as CNN sues the White House, (with the help of Fox News), we are learning a great deal about Acosta’s place in the proverbial press pit…and he may not be the shining specimen of journalistic integrity that his employer makes him out to be.
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.Trending:
“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 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 spoke out about Acosta as well.
“There is clearly a group of journalists that are disgusted and find Mr. Acosta’s behavior out of line,” Spicer [said]. “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.”
A legal ruling on the future of Acosta’s press pass is expected in the very near future.