CNN’s Jim Acosta Tells Bizarre Story About Sarah Sanders Trying to Sing a Christmas Carol With Him


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CNN chief White House correspondent and frequent Trump target Jim Acosta told ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel a bizarre story about the time Sarah Sanders tried to rope him into singing a Christmas carol with her just days after a judge forced her to reinstate his press pass. “After they took away my press pass, we had to go to court,” Acosta recalled of the incident late last year when then-Press Secretary Sanders revoked his official White House credentials after an incident at a presidential press conference. During the Q-and-A, Acosta had challenged President Donald Trump’s characterization of a migrant caravan in Mexico as an “invasion” and then he had refused to relinquish the microphone to a White House staffer, so he could ask a follow-up question. Afterwards, Trump Tweeted out that Acosta was a “rude, terrible person” and the White House tried to claim the CNN reporter had physically accosted Continue reading "CNN’s Jim Acosta Tells Bizarre Story About Sarah Sanders Trying to Sing a Christmas Carol With Him"

Hannity Hits ‘Jimmy’ Acosta Again, On Air and On Twitter: ‘Some Book, I Don’t Even Know What It’s Called’


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“Mah dearest Twittuh: The beef continues with no end in sight. As I put my quill to virtual parchment, our ruthless foe is encamped at the Kimmel, in preparation for yet another assault on your beleaguered beloved. Though his fail is epic, his taunts do haunt. The battle between Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity and CNN’s Jim Acosta continued apace Thursday night, with Hannity and his guest Mark Levin, currently also promoting a book, trashing Acosta on air and then Hannity doing so again on Twitter. He fired twice, in fact.

Jim Acosta and Sean Hannity Continue Twitter Beefing: Acosta’s Book Sales Are ‘Garbage’; Hannity Has No ‘Guts’


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In yet another round of a media beef nobody asked for, Fox News’ Sean Hannity threw a gratuitous shot at the book sales of CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta, who promptly challenged the machismo of Hannity for the second time in as many weeks. In a tweet on Thursday morning, ostensibly about conservative talk show host Mark Levin‘s new book, Hannity found enough characters to mock “#FakeNewsAcosta” and his “garbage” book sales. Hours later, Acosta quote tweeted Hannity, mocking the latter’s habit of wearing reading glasses on air and claiming he didn’t have Continue reading "Jim Acosta and Sean Hannity Continue Twitter Beefing: Acosta’s Book Sales Are ‘Garbage’; Hannity Has No ‘Guts’"

Hannity Challenges Acosta: ‘I Will Gladly Meet You Privately in a Mutually Agreeable ‘Schoolyard’ ALONE…’


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Sean Hannity poured fuel on his feud with Jim Acosta by blasting the CNN White House correspondent this week on his radio show and website. This week, Acosta has been promoting his new book, The Enemy of the People, by taking shots at Hannity and fellow Fox News host Tucker Carlson over their coverage of the Trump administration. When Acosta claimed the Fox hosts ducked him in Helsinki, Hannity retaliated by saying Acosta has been “begging” for a chance to come on his program. Acosta replied by comparing the two Fox News hosts to state TV and accusing them of receiving scripts from the White House. Hannity returned fire again on his radio show Tuesday, slamming Acosta as an “egomaniac” trying to peddle his “stupid,” “conspiracy theory book.” He went further by calling out Acosta on his blog:
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Jim Acosta Disses Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson: They’re ‘Not Willing to Meet Me in the Schoolyard’


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After firing a shot across the bow last week, CNN’s Jim Acosta is ramping up his attacks on Fox News, Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson. The White House correspondent is now suggesting his Fox News rivals receive talking points — even scripts — directly from the West Wing. Appearing on The Hugh Hewitt Show, Acosta tore into Fox News — likening much of its content to Cuban state television. “[At] certain hours of the day on Fox…it is very much a house organ for the president,” Acosta said. He added, “Have we ever witnessed a situation like that, where a network essentially just serves as an amplifier of the president’s message of the day? And to some extent, focused and fixated on the conspiracy theories that he spreads. That to me is very much the definition of propaganda and state TV.” Hewitt pressed Acosta — noting the Continue reading "Jim Acosta Disses Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson: They’re ‘Not Willing to Meet Me in the Schoolyard’"

Tucker Carlson Mocks Jim Acosta After CNNer Takes Shot at Him: ‘So Proud of Himself’


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Tucker Carlson tonight mocked Jim Acosta after the CNN White House correspondent swiped at the Fox News host in an excerpt of his book he shared publicly today. Carlson, as well as his colleague Sean Hannity, regularly blast and mock Acosta. After recent comments from Hannity, Acosta shared an anecdote from his book about when he encountered them and they didn’t say anything to his face: Acosta said it exposed their “fauxmacho man bullshit,” and in his tweet he dinged Hannity for not having Continue reading "Tucker Carlson Mocks Jim Acosta After CNNer Takes Shot at Him: ‘So Proud of Himself’"

Hannity Fires Back at Acosta: He’s Been ‘BEGGING’ to Come on My Show


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CNN’s Jim Acosta has been making the rounds promoting his new book, today he swiped at Sean Hannity for some shots the Fox News host took at him. Acosta said today he’s offered to sit down with Hannity to talk about his book but they declined. He also shared an excerpt from his book on an encounter with Hannity and Tucker Carlson in which they didn’t say anything to his face after criticizing him on TV so much. After Acosta swiped at their “fauxmacho man Continue reading "Hannity Fires Back at Acosta: He’s Been ‘BEGGING’ to Come on My Show"

CNN’s Acosta Says He Saw Tucker, Hannity in Helsinki But They Wouldn’t Approach Him: ‘Fauxmacho Man Bullsh*t’


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After Fox News host Sean Hannity attacked CNN’s Jm Acosta in several segments on his show this week, the White House correspondent responded by sharing an excerpt of his book on Twitter that he claims exposes Hannity’s “fauxmacho man bullshit.” “Hearing Sean Hannity is taking some shots at me over my book,” Acosta tweeted this morning. “Two things Sean… #1 I offered to come on your show and talk about the book and you guys declined. Sad! #2 you’re in the book. It was that time you had a chance to say something to my face but didn’t. Enjoy!”

The New York Times Has Made it Impossible for Rachel Maddow to Be a Presidential Debate Moderator


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MSNBC would probably still object to any suggestion that their news coverage is partisan, that it is liberal and progressive and opposed to Republicans and conservatives. That’s the kind of thing a business, and it is a business, has to do. They disclaim. But MSNBC is lefty, and Fox News is righty, and water is wetty. It doesn’t mean they can’t or don’t have news people who can be good debate moderators. Or at least, that can perform the task referred to as “debate moderator” as it applies to the pseudo-debate format we’ve all come to accept in politics. But even when a place like Fox News hosts one, which they have many times in the past, they are selective about which personality from the network sits in the chair. To put it in a shorthand version any viewer of cable news or politics will be familiar with: You go Continue reading "The New York Times Has Made it Impossible for Rachel Maddow to Be a Presidential Debate Moderator"

The New York Times Has Made it Impossible for Rachel Maddow to Be a Presidential Debate Moderator


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MSNBC would probably still object to any suggestion that their news coverage is partisan, that it is liberal and progressive and opposed to Republicans and conservatives. That’s the kind of thing a business, and it is a business, has to do. They disclaim. But MSNBC is lefty, and Fox News is righty, and water is wetty. It doesn’t mean they can’t or don’t have news people who can be good debate moderators. Or at least, that can perform the task referred to as “debate moderator” as it applies to the pseudo-debate format we’ve all come to accept in politics. But even when a place like Fox News hosts one, which they have many times in the past, they are selective about which personality from the network sits in the chair. To put it in a shorthand version any viewer of cable news or politics will be familiar with: You go Continue reading "The New York Times Has Made it Impossible for Rachel Maddow to Be a Presidential Debate Moderator"

Don Lemon and Jim Acosta Insist CNN Isn’t Anti-Trump or Pro-Democrat: We ‘Hold Their Feet to the Fire’


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In the same breath he used to blame this administration for diminished American pride, CNN’s Don Lemon asserted viewers Tuesday that his network does not, in fact, hate Trump or favor Democrats. “Because of all the negativity coming from this administration, we forget what a great country we actually live in,” said in a conversation with CNN’s Jim Acosta. How does he know CNN doesn’t favor Democrats? Well, CNN’s Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju asked Nancy Pelosi questions she clearly did not want to answer Tuesday. “He persisted, he asked her the tough questions,” said Lemon. It’s certainly worth noting that the reason Pelosi became short with Raju is that she thought he was so fixated on the president. “If I had been invited to talk about the president, I would have had more important work to do at home,” said to Raju at an economic summit, to applause from the Continue reading "Don Lemon and Jim Acosta Insist CNN Isn’t Anti-Trump or Pro-Democrat: We ‘Hold Their Feet to the Fire’"

CNN’s Jim Acosta Warns ‘Friends in Conservative Media’: ‘No Guarantee You Get to Stay in Power Forever’


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CNN correspondent Jim Acosta warned “friends in conservative media” how President Donald Trump targeting CNN could become a model for future presidents and leaders attacking other press outlets. “To our friends in conservative media, Anderson, I say this,” Acosta continued. “It is no guarantee that you get to stay in power forever.” Acosta was speaking with Anderson Cooper on Anderson Cooper 360 about his book The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America. Cooper was asking about the balance of fact-checking and covering the president and covering bigger issues by writing a book. “What I wanted to do is sort of take the big-picture view on this and say, is this the kind of country we want to hand off to the next generation? Where we’re now comfortable from here on out saying that the press is the enemy of the people,” Acosta Continue reading "CNN’s Jim Acosta Warns ‘Friends in Conservative Media’: ‘No Guarantee You Get to Stay in Power Forever’"

CNN’s Jim Acosta Discusses Trump’s State of Mind, Says He’s ‘Crazy Like a Fox’


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CNN correspondent Jim Acosta spoke with CNN’s Brian Stelter about President Donald Trump’s mental health, and Acosta remarked that Trump is “crazy like a fox.” “I tell folks I’m not a psychiatrist so I can’t assess the president’s mental state, but I will tell you my sense of it is covering him for a pretty long period of time now is he’s more crazy like a fox,” Acosta said. “What Trump tries to do is really control the narrative by saying sensational things that sound wild and nutty sometimes and he does this because he knows it dominates the news cycle,” Acosta said. “That makes it a priority for us in the news business to talk about him nonstop and he loves that and he capitalizes on that.” Stelter broached the subject due to George Conway firing off a round of tweets Sunday that questioned Trump’s mental health, Continue reading "CNN’s Jim Acosta Discusses Trump’s State of Mind, Says He’s ‘Crazy Like a Fox’"

CNN’s Jim Acosta Lavishly Praises Trump Normandy Speech: ‘Rose to the Moment’


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President Donald Trump drew great praise from a relatively unexpected source Thursday morning after addressing the dignitaries assembled to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. CNN’s White House reporter Jim Acosta, who has been vilified by many of Trump supporters for what they see as unfair questioning, relatively raved about Trump’s Normandy speech, saying he “rose to the moment,” on this very important day in history. A rough transcript of Acosta’s lavish praise:
This is perhaps the most on-message moment of Donald Trump’s presidency today. We were all wondering if he would veer from his remarks, go off of his script but he stayed on script, stayed on message and, I think, rose to the moment as he was talking about the men gathered behind them he described them as being among the greatest Americans who have ever lived. That could not be more of a fact check true Continue reading "CNN’s Jim Acosta Lavishly Praises Trump Normandy Speech: ‘Rose to the Moment’"

CNN’s Acosta Reports: Trump Isn’t ‘Goading’ Dems Into Impeachment, He’s ‘Dreading’ It


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CNN’s Jim Acosta reported that a source close to the White House told him President Donald Trump is dreading the idea of being impeached, contrary to the belief by House Democrats that Trump would relish it. Speaking on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer Friday, Acosta said “This source says the president does not think it’s a good thing if he’s impeached, saying that he’s annoyed and frustrated that the Russia story is dragging on.” Acosta noted that Trump’s recent move to impose tariffs on Mexico has changed the conversation from special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. “But a growing number of GOP senators are raising concerns, with Iowa’s Charles Grassley saying, I support nearly every one of President Trump’s immigration policies, but this is not one of them,” Acosta said. Acosta also said a senior administration official told him the Department of Continue reading "CNN’s Acosta Reports: Trump Isn’t ‘Goading’ Dems Into Impeachment, He’s ‘Dreading’ It"

Acosta: Trump Legal Team Source ‘Frustrated’ by Mueller’s ‘Gratuitous’ Remark About Whether POTUS Committed Crime


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CNN’s Jim Acosta reported today that a source on the Trump legal team is “frustrated” with Robert Mueller. President Donald Trump himself reacted to the special counsel’s public remarks by tweeting, “Nothing changes from the Mueller Report. There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you.” But there’s apparently some Trumpworld frustration as well. Per Acosta:
“I talked to a Trump legal team source a short while ago. They are really frustrated with a portion of what Robert Mueller had to say during that statement to the press when he said if he had confidence that the president did not commit a crime we would have said so. This Trump legal team source said that remark was ‘gratuitous’ because essentially what Mueller did was leave the door open to the imagination of the American people that perhaps the president Continue reading "Acosta: Trump Legal Team Source ‘Frustrated’ by Mueller’s ‘Gratuitous’ Remark About Whether POTUS Committed Crime"

Senior White House Official to CNN’s Acosta: ‘The President’s Insane’


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CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta writes in his upcoming book — a first-hand account on Donald Trump‘s war with the press titled, Emeny of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America — that a former White House official suggested staffers were unsure if the president was being controlled by the Kremlin. Acosta, whose book is set to be released on June 11, goes into candid conversations he had over drinks with various figures close to the president. In one example included in The Guardian‘s preview of the book, Acosta notes that “a former White House national security official” told him that White House staffers questioned if Trump was “compromised” amid the controversy over Russian election interference in the 2016 campaign. Though, the president has since been largely cleared of accusations of Russian collusion after the release of the Mueller report. Acosta also Continue reading "Senior White House Official to CNN’s Acosta: ‘The President’s Insane’"

CNN’s Acosta Rejects ‘Neutrality for the Sake of Neutrality’ During Trump Era in New Book


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CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta argued that “neutrality” in reporting is not effective in the age of President Donald Trump, as he lays out the current administration’s unique attacks on the press in his upcoming book, Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America. According to a book excerpts published by The Guardian, Acosta writes that he “opts for the bait” during his countless viral confrontations with the president, which he admitted can constitute “showboating” or “grandstanding” from time to time and “bothers some people.” However, he argued that his style of aggressive questioning is necessary with Trump: “Neutrality for the sake of neutrality doesn’t really serve us in the age of Trump.” The book also recounts the time Trump had then-White House aide Hope Hicks called him in February 2017 to commend him for being “very professional today,” adding Continue reading "CNN’s Acosta Rejects ‘Neutrality for the Sake of Neutrality’ During Trump Era in New Book"

Mark Levin Bashes Brian Stelter for Bashing Levin’s Book…That Bashes Media for Bashing Conservatives


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CNN media critic Brian Stelter lamented the success of Fox News Channel everything critic Mark Levin‘s book Unfreedom of the Press – already #1 on Amazon a day before it is released – in his newsletter on Sunday night, and conservative media criticism website Newsbusters pointed it out on Twitter. That prompted a retweet from Levin and now here we are. Starting at the beginning, this is the excerpt from Stelter’s newsletter.

Mark Levin’s hate-the-media book is No. 1

Right-wing commentator Mark Levin‘s book “Unfreedom of the Press” comes out Tuesday. Thanks to his numerous plugs on the radio and on Fox, he’s at No. 1 on Amazon’s hardcover and paperback book chart right now, ahead of Howard Stern‘s new book. His overarching message: You can’t trust the press…
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Twitter Busts Jim Acosta For Selectively Editing Trump Comments on Immigration: ‘Just Plain False’


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White House reporter (by way of lawsuit) Jim Acosta faces a lot of criticism for the role he plays in the press corps, and has been locking horns with the administration since about Day 1. Not all the criticism of Acosta has come exclusively from Trump or his followers, but almost all of it comes from the right. On Thursday, he tweeted something outright false about the President’s remarks on immigration, and on Twitter, almost exclusively from those on the right, he was shredded for it. What he said in that tweet is false. More on that below the tweets, but first, here are some notable, and occasionally humorous, reactions.