CNN is facing a public backlash from many people for perceived dishonest, biased, and left-leaning reporting. As Breitbart News has conveyed, it doesn’t seem that the network is willing to accept this and, instead, is trying to act as if the free press and the First Amendment were under violent attack, a spin attempted by none other than CNN‘s Jim Acosta.
During the Wednesday edition of HLN’s “S.E. Cupp Unfiltered,” the CNN Chief White House correspondent griped that being yelled at from angry supporters of President Donald Trump in Florida “felt like we weren’t in America anymore.” He worries also about Mr. Trump’s “dangerous claims,” as he sees them to be. Many recent violent acts, however, are caused by the left (GOP shooting, MAGA hat attack, etc.), a truth that he does not address.
What he fails to see is that it is very much America that he and CNN are hearing from. It is they who have been found guilty by a federal judge in court. Yet, rather than drop their bias and end their apparent pointed hatred of Mr. Trump, they pretend that their accurate reporting is being attacked by a tyrant.
Acosta complained, “I mean, honestly, it felt like we weren’t in America anymore. I don’t know how to put it any more plainly than that. Americans should not be treating their fellow Americans in this way. But unfortunately, what we’ve seen—and this has been building for some time since the campaign—I’ve been talking about this as an issue since the campaign.
“When the president, during the campaign, referred to us as the dishonest media, the disgusting news media, liars, scum, and thieves, and so on, and then he rolled that right into the Oval Office, and started calling us the fake news and the enemy of the people, he is whipping these crowds up into a frenzy, to the point where they really want to come after us.”
While violence is not the answer, nor what Mr. Trump has ever endorsed, why shouldn’t a proven fake news outlet have their feet held to the fire with chants and taunts from those who they try to mislead?
He also opined “And my sense of it, S.E., is that these opinions that these folks have at these rallies, they’re shaped by what they see in the primetime hours of Fox News and what they hear from some conservative news outlets that just sort of give them this daily diet of what they consider to be terrible things that we do over here at CNN. It’s very unfortunate, but it’s a pitting of American against American and honestly, it needs to stop.”
Here, too, many people interpret as an attempt at clever spin. He conveniently ignores the fact that the network, many conservatives agree, is one of the most divisive out there.
Acosta added, “I think it’s been dangerous for some time. I was worried during the campaign that a journalist was going to get hurt, and it has been building. But when you refer to members of the press as the enemy of the people, you’re essentially putting targets on our backs and it’s not just some Joe Schmo on a barstool in Kalamazoo saying this. This is the president of the United States. And that comes with a serious force behind it. And he has a lot of people out there who are extremely angry at us.”
While this rant also seems to imply that the president is in favor of violence towards the media with no proof of it, let’s allow his words to stand as fact: he is worried that journalists are going to be hurt.
Is that only liberal journalists that he is concerned about? What about ‘targets’ put on the GOP congressional members who were ambushed and shot while practicing softball? What about Maxine Waters’ call to ‘harass’ people in the Trump administration?
Where was CNN’s rage when a fellow journalist named Milo Yiannopoulos faced everything from fires, to cancelations (a.k.a. what CNN would likely call “censorship“), and even death threats?
If CNN cares so very much about the First Amendment, where was their outrage when ANTIFA on the left attacked citizen journalists and others at rallies and elsewhere?
When these questions are answered, maybe America can unite… just not unite the way Mr. Acosta wants them to.