In a taped interview published this week by Variety, CNN propagandist and Trump-hater extraordinaire Jim Acosta, made a series of suggestions, including one in which he implied that Trump supporters can’t see through President Trump’s alleged “act” because they “don’t have all their faculties.” He tried to spin his comments after taking heat, but that effort also failed.
The Washington Times said that Acosta “lamented what he perceives as a large-scale intellectual void afflicting the population” in the Variety interview.
“The problem is that people around the country don’t know it’s an act,” he said. “They’re not in on the act, and they take what he says very seriously, and they take attacks from [former White House press secretary] Sean Spicer and Sarah Sanders and what they do to us on a daily basis very seriously. They don’t have all their faculties in some cases — their elevator might not hit all floors. My concern is that a journalist is going to be hurt one of these days.”
Got that? Acosta very clearly suggested that Trump supporters are simply too stupid to know truth from the upside-down reality he and his fellow propagandists spin for us on a daily basis. Granted, he didn’t specifically mention Trump supporters by name, but one doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand what he meant.
On Wednesday, Acosta claimed that he really wasn’t talking about Trump supporters.
“Regarding my interview with Variety, my comments have been twisted by some outlets,” he whined on Twitter. “As you can plainly see, I’m not referring to Trump supporters. I am talking about people who threaten journalists. Links to transcript and video below.”
Regarding my interview with Variety, my comments have been twisted by some outlets. As you can plainly see, I'm not referring to Trump supporters. I am talking about people who threaten journalists. Links to transcript and video below. https://t.co/SpEBiyVyQd pic.twitter.com/KZ7tkllEHQ
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) April 25, 2018
So who else was Acosta speaking of?
So when you said Trump's rhetoric could inspire people missing all of their "faculties" to hurt journalists, you were talking about Hillary supporters too? https://t.co/Nm8LFZVuRo
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) April 25, 2018
Reaction was pretty much what one might expect:
As for the "toxic environment," this might have something to do with it:https://t.co/EaeSthR3F7
Ratings > objective journalism? pic.twitter.com/kUF4bcUgBc
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 25, 2018
*Not valid for Bernie Sanders or his campaign volunteers who shoot up baseball fields & Republicans in Congress pic.twitter.com/96F5vnGEyl
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) April 25, 2018
You're a joke. As long as you behave as one, you will be treated as such. Stop making a fool of yourself if you want respect. Take a class in "Ethics & Protocol in Journalism." Get some class.
— Claudia (@Claudia_Patriot) April 25, 2018
You, Jim Acosta, of all people, should not complain about "twisting words."
Take some of your own medicine, buddy.
— American🇺🇸Heart (@fairNtrue) April 25, 2018
One person reminded Acosta that journalists aren’t part of a “protected” class:
First of all journalist are not a protected class. You should be held accountable for your words are you’re not. Secondly, if you’re pushing an agenda and you are you’re not a journalist you’re a political hack on a soapbox
— Bash (@BashAlaniz) April 25, 2018
We already knew what you thought of us but thanks for putting on the record 👍🏼👍🏼
— David J Español 🇺🇸 (@despanol203) April 25, 2018
Another person translated Acosta-speak:
"People around the country" don't know that Trump is "an act" but you do, right, Jim? Those "people" interpret the daily "attacks" on you by Spicer and Sanders as KILL JOURNALISTS! because the "people" are crazy, and that's Trump's fault. Have I got it? Just want to make sure.
— Virginia Plain (@GinnyPlain) April 25, 2018
When Jim Acosta decides to shine the blinding spotlight on himself and the rest of the MSM, maybe we’ll take him more seriously. Until then, he’ll keep getting treated like the colossal joke that he is.
As a final note, CNN, the outlet Acosta works for, was named the “least-trusted” name in network news, according to a study published in early January 2017 by the Washington Free Beacon.
The poll, done by Rasmussen, “asked how viewers trust the political news from each of the cable networks. Fox News again took the top spot, with 50 percent of respondents saying they trust the network’s political news. Fourty-three percent of MSNBC viewers said the same, and only 33 percent of those who tune into CNN said they trust the news network,” the Free Beacon said.
Ironically, CNN received considerable help when Facebook adjusted its algorithm earlier this year, ostensibly to combat “fake news.”
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