CNN’s Jim Acosta was genuinely upset he wasn’t called upon during President Donald Trump’s Rose Garden press conference with Brazil president Jair Bolsaonaro on Tuesday — and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders thinks it’s hilarious.
To recap: Acosta, who earlier in the week discussed the president’s mental stability on the air, complained that a reporter from The Daily Caller was offered a chance to ask a question while he was not.
Following the press conference, Acosta took to his network to complain that “a reporter with The Daily Caller right at the very end” had been called on, then criticized said reporter for asking what he considered to be a softball question.
That’s right: A man from the network that gave Barack Obama eight years’ worth of softball questions was not pleased.
“You know … the question was asked in a way that really teed it up like a game of T-ball here in the Rose Garden,” Acosta fumed. “The president was just sort of served up a softball there when he was asked, you know, whether or not the Democrats are advancing a lot of socialist ideas.”
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) March 19, 2019
The Daily Caller reporter, Saagar Enjeti, took note of Acosta’s criticism and promptly dispatched it.
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“I tried something novel,” he said. “Rather than tell the president what was happening on a particular issue, I asked him to tell me.”
Acosta’s complaints didn’t end with the realization that a Daily Caller reporter is better at his job.
The CNN employee moved on to blasting Bolsaonaro for using the term ‘fake news’ and even insinuated conservatives have a greater media influence than do liberals.
“When you have the President of Brazil calling the press fake news, he is — he is trying to essentially, you know, in a sycophantic sort of way, suck up to the President of the United States,” Acosta railed.
“[H]e likes to talk about how there’s this media collusion game that is stacked against him when he has one of the most powerful social media voices throughout and so I think that just has to be said as well,” he continued, seemingly confusing the mainstream media with social media.
Acosta then claimed that Trump’s attacks on the media are him “pulling a three-card Monty.”
“Conservatives aren’t being discriminated and abused on social media,” he said, a statement in and of itself so verifiably false that it constitutes very fake news.
Sanders smacks him. The White House press secretary had a little fun at Acosta’s expense, blasting him with a “dear diary” reference.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) March 20, 2019
Sanders has a rich history of obliterating Acosta’s ego.
That includes forcing him to walk out of the room when she refused to denounce the president’s statement that the media is the “enemy of the people,” accusing him of finding it difficult “to understand even short sentences,” and even suggesting that her own whining kids have helped prepare her for dealing with the CNN reporter.
This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.
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