On Wednesday, CNN’s Jim Acosta was completely bulldozed by President-elect Donald Trump during a much anticipated news conference. Acosta tried to ask a question, though he was not called on by Trump, after Acosta’s network unleashed a seemingly “fake news” story tying the PEOTUS to Russia yet again on Tuesday. The story would soon snowball into complete hackery by BuzzFeed News.
Trump was not having it. The billionaire called out Acosta for the “fake news” and classified him as “rude” for continuing to badger him when a female journalist in the audience was trying to ask Trump a question.
“Since you’re attacking us, can you give us a question?” begs Acosta.
“Not you,” replies Trump. “Your organization is terrible.”
Acosta, with a fierceness that has been curiously lacking during the past eight years, continued to badger Trump, begging to ask a question.
Trump then repeatedly tells Acosta to be quiet and calls on another journalist. “She’s trying to ask a question,” says Trump, “don’t be rude.”
CNN reported their unverified “findings” on Tuesday night. Here’s Daily Wire’s John Nolte with a recap of the journalistic horror show from the network and BuzzFeed News, which soon followed along:
With a breathless breaking news report, left-wing CNN went first. To no one’s surprise, the once-respected Jake Tapper took the lead. Undoubtedly CNN’s overall goal was to offer up the imprimatur of “journalism” so that a batch of leaked and completely unsubstantiated anti-Trump documents could be dumped on the American public the night before the President-elect’s very first press conference.
Despite the fact that these documents are unsubstantiated, despite the fact that — and this is important — the rabidly anti-Trump media has had almost a year to substantiate them and could not, by pretending it had a legitimate news story about the documents, CNN laid the groundwork for BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith to violate every code of ethics in the world of journalism.
Using CNN’s Potemkin report as cover, Smith released page after page of unverified, unchecked, unsubstantiated rumors, some of them personally embarrassing, about Trump and his campaign team.
This breach of ethics is so breathtaking that even David Corn of the hard-left Mother Jones threw a penalty flag.
“Not you. Your organization is terrible.”
Still, there has been no verification of the reporting, particularly BuzzFeed’s document dump. Here’s how blatantly reckless such “breaking reporting” has turned out to be, actually: It was alleged that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen visited Prague and met with Russian officials. It turns out it was a different Michael Cohen. Yeah, there’s more than one Michael Cohen in the world, who knew?
Lying partisan hacks, like those at CNN and BuzzFeed, often demonstrate their partisanship or lack of standards of journalist integrity, yet continue to posture as objective, “trusted” news outlets. Trump steam-rolling Acosta was glorious and well-deserved.