The president was answering many questions, as is the nature of all press conferences.
“When asked that question, he went on to extoll the virtues of the American energy industry and how he’s opened up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge up in Alaska and so on,” Acosta continued. “This was the president touting the energy businesses of the United States rather than clearly dealing with this issue of climate change as the Amazon was burning, as was a huge focus at the summit.”
“The president skipped the meeting on climate change,” Acosta also declared.
“So as is often the case with these press conferences with the president, it is like a cat chasing a laser pointer when it comes to trying to get the president to answer a direct question.”
Would Jim Acosta have talked this way about Barack Obama?
This obviously isn’t the first time the CNN host has gone after the president. He even admitted to “showboating” in the past.
When Acosta pestered Trump at a press conference in Japan in early July, the president turned it around on him, making the entire room laugh.
Acosta – are you afraid of offending him on that subject?
Pres. Trump: Not at all. I don't really care about offending people. I sort of thought you would know that
— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) June 29, 2019
When Acosta released his new book back in May, an anonymous CNN staffer blasted the author, saying he was shameless and transparently partisan.
“People get tired of it,” the unnamed staffer complained. “Acosta is supposed to be a correspondent reporting the facts, but you can’t tell the difference between him and a paid pundit.”
No, you can’t.
CNN’s idea of a “chief White House correspondent” is someone who time and again has shown nothing but contempt for the current occupant of that house.
You would think CNN would be more worried about its credibility every time the network puts him on the air, in our view.
And does it still seriously wonder why people call it “fake news”?
This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.
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