CNN’s Brian Karem Should Be Embarrassed By His Childish Outburst at Sarah Huckabee Sanders

The relationship between the press and the Trump presidency hasn’t exactly been a healthy one, and nowhere is the mutual disdain more evident than at the daily press briefings. It seems like Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has at least one intense exchange per day, often with CNN’s Jim Acosta or April Ryan. But as contentious as they generally are with Sanders, they pale in comparison to Playboy reporter and CNN contributor Brian Karem. The immigration debate has always been emotional. But in recent weeks, the Trump administration has been pushing a policy that separates illegal immigrants from their children at the border as a way to discourage more illegal immigrants from coming to the United States. Whether you support the policy or don’t, a reporter’s personal views shouldn’t affect their work. Sadly, advocacy journalism is all the rage these days. After being grilled by another reporter on the subject, Continue reading "CNN’s Brian Karem Should Be Embarrassed By His Childish Outburst at Sarah Huckabee Sanders"

Lou Dobbs Says White House Should ‘Assign’ Someone to ‘Slap the Hell out Of’ Reporters at Briefing

The attack on the White House press corps continued Thursday night on Fox Business when host Lou Dobbs suggested that the White House should assign someone with the specific job of slapping reporters. Dobbs first called Thursday’s briefing a “shameful spectacle of grandstanding and childish temper tantrums.” Referring to White House reporter and CNN contributor Brian Karem, Dobbs then said this: “You would think someone would be assigned to slap the hell out of somebody.” He then added: “We’ll talk to our panel tonight about whether it’s time the bar some of these so-called journalists from the White House briefing room permanently.” Dobbs’ talk, sans the violent slapping threat, sounds a lot like what was being said on Fox News’ The Five where Jesse Watters, who also referenced Jim Acosta in his own riff,  said this Thursday night: “These people don’t belong there. They are jokes. They need Continue reading "Lou Dobbs Says White House Should ‘Assign’ Someone to ‘Slap the Hell out Of’ Reporters at Briefing"

CNN’s Jim Acosta Calls Fox News’ Jesse Watters ‘a Lapdog for the White House’

After Fox News’ Jesse Watters advocated for the violation of press freedom Thursday, repeating a disturbing suggestion previously made by President Donald Trump, CNN’s Jim Acosta called him the administration’s “lapdog.” Watters, a host of the network’s program, The Five, floated the idea while lashing out against CNN’s Brian Karem for his tough line of questioning directed at Press Secretary Sarah Sanders during a briefing earlier that day. “This guy is an emotional wreck,” Watters said. “He embarrassed himself. He doesn’t belong in the room.” Karem created a bit of a media buzz after asking Sanders whether she felt empathy for immigrant families being divided at the U.S.-Mexico border, seeing as she herself is a mother. However, after a tense exchange with the press secretary, the question was simply dismissed. “It’s like Acosta,” Watters said, referring to another CNN reporter, Jim Acosta, which Continue reading "CNN’s Jim Acosta Calls Fox News’ Jesse Watters ‘a Lapdog for the White House’"

Sarah Sanders Says Ripping Children From Their Mothers at the Border is the Law: It’s Not

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders used Thursday’s media briefing to repeat the administration’s claim that splitting up families at the U.S.-Mexico border was warranted “because it’s the law.” The only problem with that answer is that it is patently false. The response, given to CNN’s Jim Acosta who demanded to know why the government was taking such actions, was used by President Donald Trump in a tweet last month in which he claimed there is a “horrible law that separates children from there [sic] parents” at the border. However, there is no law ordering the division of migrant families, according to PolitiFact. The rule to which Sanders appears to have been referring is the administration’s zero-tolerance policy on illegal immigration, calling for authorities to prosecute those who do not cross the border legally. Trump has also pinned the blame for the non-existent law on Democrats, as Continue reading "Sarah Sanders Says Ripping Children From Their Mothers at the Border is the Law: It’s Not"

Kellyanne Conway Swipes at ‘Hot Mess’ Jim Acosta For Shouted Questions: No ‘Courage’

As Kellyanne Conway spoke with Fox & Friends on Wednesday, her hosts on the curvy couch set her up to take an easy swipe at the Trump Administration’s least favorite reporter: Jim Acosta. Acosta fought it out online with Brad Parscale last night after Trump’s 2020 campaign manager said the CNN journalist should lose his press credentials for asking questions during the president’s summit with Kim Jong Un. When Conway was asked about this, she dismissed Acosta by saying members of the White House press pool are obsessed with making themselves the story by challenging Trump. “They certainly want to make it about me, myself and I,” Conway said. “On Twitter, they’re all a hot mess in the kind of snark and bark towards the president and those who work for him.” Conway continued to take shots at reporters for their “social media muscle” and “cable news cajones” while Continue reading "Kellyanne Conway Swipes at ‘Hot Mess’ Jim Acosta For Shouted Questions: No ‘Courage’"

Jim Acosta Defends Shouted Questions at Summit: Why Wouldn’t You Ask a Dictator About Nukes?

CNN’s Jim Acosta defended himself from critics who are complaining about him shouting questions to President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un during their meeting in Singapore. When Trump met with the North Korean dictator earlier this week, Acosta tried to ask Kim from a distance if he’s prepared to give up his nuclear weapons. Acosta continued to ask questions to Kim and Trump throughout their summit. That got on Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale‘s nerves. He even, bizarrely, called for the White House correspondent to lose his press credentials over the incident. Even though Acosta didn’t Continue reading "Jim Acosta Defends Shouted Questions at Summit: Why Wouldn’t You Ask a Dictator About Nukes?"

CNN’s Acosta Clashes With Trump Campaign Manager: ‘Dictatorships Take Away Press Credentials’

CNN’s Jim Acosta sparred with Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale tonight over Parscale’s call to have Acosta’s press credentials revoked. Parscale was outraged that Acosta shouted out questions to President Trump and Kim Jong Un. In response to Parscale’s tweet, Acosta tonight said that the U.S. is not a dictatorship: Parscale fired back and said this is an issue of “respect” for the President: [image via screengrab] — Continue reading "CNN’s Acosta Clashes With Trump Campaign Manager: ‘Dictatorships Take Away Press Credentials’"