Jim Acosta Gets Acosta’ed at CPAC
Jim Acosta Gets Acosta’ed at CPAC
CNN’s Jim Acosta must miss the verbal pugilism that happened whenever he confronted President Trump during White House pressers. So on Friday he ventured into the bears’ den at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, FL.
He got what he came for — a confrontation. But what he didn’t expect were any of those “true believers” to give him a taste of his own medicine.
Jim Acosta came not to report, but to browbeat Trump supporters:
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) February 26, 2021
He didn’t plan on Federalist writer David Marcus calling him out on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s scandals. Marcus is a native New Yorker who loves his city and thus is livid about the deaths in NYC nursing homes. Plus, there’s that sex scandal.
So this happened:
“Hey, Jim, I’m David Marcus from The Federalist; when are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?”
“Sorry, I’m conducting an interview.”
“When are you going to start covering Cuomo?
“No, I’m asking you a serious question.”
That was just the start. Here’s the exchange:
What did Jim Acosta think would happen when he ventured into CPAC? As Ian Walters, CPAC communications director, said of the exchange:
“Everyone has a right to ask the tough questions. There is no Divine Right of Media Kingpins.”
And as Marcus himself told The Hill:
“The dude walked into the lion’s den. That’s clearly what he was doing here. And when you walk into the lion’s den sometimes you gotta face the lion.”
Marcus also tweeted this when Acosta played the victim:
You and your outlet are the big lie. https://t.co/sMBv5e3kX5
— David Marcus (@BlueBoxDave) February 26, 2021
Was David Marcus rude to Jim Acosta? Yeah. Do I care? Nope.
As the late Andrew Breitbart said about confronting leftist spinmeisters: War!
Clearly, Jim Acosta went to CPAC so he could play the smart ass reporter mocking CPAC conservatives.
There are literally only two reasons for CNN to assign Jim Acosta to cover CPAC – to try to manifest a WWE-style clash between reporter and attendees it can replay incessantly, and so Acosta can tweet stupid shit like this… pic.twitter.com/jlf2iHtcG3
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) February 26, 2021
However, even some of his fellow journalists think that Jim Acosta has been over-the-top. ABC’s Jonathan Karl — no fan of Donald Trump — wrote this about Acosta in his book Front Row at the Trump Show:
“Regarding Jim Acosta… We can be tough, we can call out things that are not true, we can be aggressive in our questioning, but I don’t think we should act like we are part of the resistance.”
But Karl isn’t the only journalist who has criticized Jim Acosta for his resistance style. In fact, Fox News Chris Wallace (again, no Trump fan) labeled Acosta a “showboat.” And Trump-hating Morning Joe Scarborough at MSNBC even worried that Acosta was comparing the Trump administration to Nazi Germany:
“But when Jim Acosta used the language, ‘It seems like your policies are trying to engineer racial and ethnic percentages’ or something, it sure sounded like something that you would read out of Mein Kampf or something.”
So David Marcus, aka @BlueBoxDave, who doesn’t even rate the Twitter blue check, gave Jim Acosta a taste of his own medicine, and I say well done! Acosta came to CPAC to poke the bear, but the bear came out of his den growling and looking for something to devour. The bear found the tastiest morsel called Jim Acosta.
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