Published on Jul 26, 2019
CNN White House correspondent and professional Donald Trump antagonist Jim Acosta warned his “friends” in the conservative media that they could face the same treatment the liberal press now gets if the other side takes power.
“To our friends in conservative media, I say this: It is no guarantee that you get to stay in power forever,” Acosta said during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday.
Acosta suggested that while conservative news groups have been favored by the current administration, they might not be so lucky the next time a Democrat takes the White House, given the dangerous precedent.
His comments came alongside the release of his new book ‘The Enemy of the People’, which covers Trump’s troubled relationship with the press. Purporting to take a “big picture” look at the “dangers of telling the truth in America,” the book hopefully approaches issues of a slightly higher-caliber than the correspondent’s report on Trump’s slight weight gain earlier in the year.
Bordering on catty, the CNN correspondent and Trump’s history has been long and rocky, complete with a number of verbal spars at press conferences. In the most infamous occasion, Acosta even had his press pass revoked after he appeared to tussle with a White House intern over the microphone. He was eventually able to get his credentials restored after a legal challenge.
While Acosta is one of the few individuals to have been personally labeled as “fake news” by the president, Trump has certainly not been stingy in giving the moniker to liberal leaning news sources. Alongside the “failing” New York Times and the Washington Post, CNN has taken the brunt of the president’s ire toward the media, having once even earned the unprecedented designation of “VERY fake news.”
The pioneer cable news network is getting crushed in the ratings, coming in below Home and Garden TV, and has recently downsized and changed freelance payment terms – but shows no interest in changing the tone of its programming.
Both CNN and MSNBC have allowed themselves to be defined by hostility to both the administration and President Donald Trump personally since the 2016 election, breathlessly pushing the ‘Russiagate’ conspiracy theory.
While this strategy has largely worked for MSNBC – at least until special counsel Robert Mueller was forced to admit Russiagate was bogus – CNN has struggled to attract an audience beyond those trapped at hospitals and airports.
Nielsen TV ratings for May show Fox News dominating for the 35th straight month with 1.3 million total day viewers, MSNBC lagging behind with 909,000, and CNN in the eighth place with 552,000.
CNN wasn’t even in the top 15 primetime spots (for comparison, HGTV came in fifth), and its three main primetime shows – hosted by Chris Cuomo, Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon – ranked 25, 26, and 35, respectively.
Could this have anything to do with the network’s obsession with Trump and his administration that no longer bothers hiding naked partisanship? No way, says CNN leadership, insisting they are “real news” and claiming to be victims of Trump’s “attacks” on “free press.”
In the real world, CNN offered buyouts to 100 or so people at its Atlanta, Georgia headquarters, earlier this month, including CNN International executive vice president Tony Maddox. Since then, it has also laid off a number of people from its Health division and drastically cut back production at its London bureau.
Furthermore, the network’s parent company Warner Media recently sent out a notice to contractors that it is changing payment terms beginning in June, from 30 days to 90 days – essentially asking anyone it contracts to wait three months to get paid.
But hey, have you heard that the US government now owns a condominium in New York City’s Trump Tower, because of the Mueller probe? Priorities, people!
The twist is that CNN boss Jeff Zucker is laughing all the way to the bank, because CNN’s annual profits have doubled to $1.2 billion during his tenure. Some 70 percent of the network’s revenue comes not from advertisers but from carriage fees charged from cable and satellite operators. Some 90 million US households pay these fees every year, effectively subsidizing CNN and giving the network very little incentive to change its ways.
Jim Acosta, a reporter for CNN and a hero of the anti-Trump #Resistance, suggested Friday that President Donald Trump was manufacturing a fake crisis at our southern border in order to build an apparently unnecessary wall. President Trump redirected Mr. Acosta to the so-called “Angel Moms” — women whose children have been murdered at the hands of illegal immigrants — joining him at the press conference.
“What do you say to your critics who say you are creating a national emergency? That you’re concocting a national emergency here in order to get your wall?” asked Acosta.
“Ask the ‘Angel Moms,'” Trump shot back. “What do you think? You think I’m ‘creating’ something?” the president asked the mothers.
One ‘Angel Mom,’ according to USA Today reporter Christal Hayes, stood up and yelled to Acosta: “This is real!”
“Ask these incredible women who lost their daughters and their sons,” Trump continued. “Your question is a very political question, because you have an agenda. You’re CNN. You’re fake news. You have an agenda.”
“Take a look at our federal prison population,” the president told Acosta. “See how many of them, percentage-wise, are illegal aliens. Just see.”
“Angel Mom” Sabine Durben, whose 30-year-old son Dominic was tragically killed by an illegal immigrant who had two prior DUI charges, confronted Acosta to challenge his comments about a “manufactured” crisis, reported Jon Miller, a White House correspondent for The Blaze.
The Daily Wire reported Thursday evening that President Donald Trump was being shielded from “Angel Moms” requesting to meet with him by two of his own staffers, according to two White House sources speaking to One American News Network correspondent Ryan Girdusky.
“I don’t know exactly what is going on and why we can’t see our President,” Durben told The Daily Wire. “We’ve been scheduled to come here for over a week. Everything is just so strange. I don’t know who would shield him from us. I just know that if he sees pictures of our dead children, he wouldn’t sign that bill.”
Durbin added that she will not stop her activism until the border is secure. “I’m not going to stop,” she said. “I owe this to my son. He would do the same for me and more.”
Acosta, painted into a corner, reportedly had the “Angel Moms” on a CNN segment following the confrontation.
“Jim Acosta convinced by ‘Angel Moms’ to do a live shot with them behind him. They’re telling their story on [CNN] now. Finally the network airs [real news],” wrote Miller.
At the press conference, Trump further addressed the Angel Moms and others effected by illegal immigration.
“I have such respect for these people: ‘Angel Moms,’ ‘Angel Dads,’ ‘Angel Families,'” said the president. “These are brave people. They don’t have to be here, they don’t have to be doing this. They’re doing it for other people. So I just want to thank all of you for being here.”
Angel Moms have been vocal in the opposition to the Department of Homeland Security funding bill, begging the president not to sign it. As outlined by The Daily Wire’s Josh Hammer, the bill “is the exact boondoggle Trump ran against.”
February 13, 2019
Poor Jim Acosta.
Life is sooo hard for the fake news media these days.
Jim Acosta went on CNN on Tuesday and whined about how hard it is when Trump supporters make fun of him and his fake news reports.
This is nothing new for Jim Acosta.
The CNN hack famously whined about his “life being in jeopardy” at an earlier rally where he was seen taking selfies with Trump supporters.
As the nation tuned in to President Trump’s national address on border security, one Seattle TV station apparently manipulated its coverage on the fly, editing the footage to show Trump sticking out his tongue at viewers.
In a side-by-side comparison, Q13 Fox in Seattle appears to have edited its coverage of Trump’s address, turning the president’s skin color a ludicrous shade of orange. In between sentences, the station seems to have doctored the footage to show Trump sticking out his tongue and licking his lips.
Q13 told MyNorthWest that the footage was indeed doctored, and that the culprit has been placed on leave.
“We are investigating this to determine what happened,” said Q13’s news director. “This does not meet our editorial standards and we regret if it is seen as portraying the President in a negative light. The editor responsible for editing the footage is being placed on leave while we investigate further.”
Faking video footage has become easy in recent years, thanks to the widespread availability of video editing software. A combative press conference debate between CNN anchor Jim Acosta and President Trump in November put the issue in the spotlight, after internet detectives accused Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson of editing video footage of Acosta pushing a White House intern to make the anchor look bad. The ‘edited’ video was shared by the White House, Watson denied the accusation, and eventually the debate was forgotten about.
Deepfakes could change porn and politics
Slowing down video footage is one thing, but so-called ‘deepfake’ videos – real and fake footage spliced together with the help of artificial intelligence – are becoming increasingly harder to spot and can be put to a limitless array of malicious uses.
Deepfake technology has been used by the porn industry to superimpose celebrity faces onto porn actors’ bodies. One company, Naughty America, is launching a service to allow users to place their own likenesses – or those of their friends – onto performers’ bodies.
In political circles, concern has been raised that ‘deepfakes’ can be used to doctor footage of politicians and leaders, making them appear to do or say just about anything. As Russian hysteria gripped the nation following the 2016 election, news outlets and commentators repeatedly warned that ‘Russian trolls’ were planning on using deepfake videos to disrupt the 2018 midterm elections.
The predictions never came to pass. However, as the footage from Seattle this week shows, AI-enhanced meddling is a legitimate concern, and is being put to use at home in the US.
The mainstream media hates President Trump and will shame anyone who supports him — including our fighting men and women.
The Commander-in-Chief made a surprise visit to Iraq yesterday, and some service members enthusiastically showed their support.
One soldier told Trump he returned to the Army because of him.
“And I am here because of you,” the President responded, according to Sarah Sanders.
But the love was all too much for the media, and they sought to shame the Trump supporters.
Bloomberg’s Jennifer Epstein tweeted photos of red hats and a Trump flag in the room.
“She dropped it after she saw me taking a photo,” Epstein added in parentheses.
Meanwhile, CNN went so far as to accuse the Trump supporters of violating “a military rule.”
CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta used the moment to scrutinize the actions of the military personnel.
“It is in fact a campaign slogan, that is a campaign item, and it is completely inappropriate for the troops to do this,” Retired Rear Adm. John Kirby, a former Obama administration spokesman-turned CNN contributor, said.
“Every time he’s around military audiences,” Kirby said, referring to Trump, “he tends to politicize it, and he brings in complaints and grievances from outside the realm of military policy.”
CNN reported Army guidelines state “active duty personnel may not engage in partisan political activities and all military personnel should avoid the inference that their political activities imply or appear to imply DoD sponsorship, approval, or endorsement of a political candidate, campaign, or cause.”
But CNN didn’t report on this:
Will CNN report on Melania Trump’s visit to Iraq — a first for a First Lady?