President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday evening had several dramatic moments, including when the GOP official awarded conservative icon Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor a civilian can receive.
Although the radio talk show host recently stated he has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, CNN reporter Jim Acosta nevertheless slammed Limbaugh for “a history of making derogatory comments about African-Americans,” a comment Fox News Channel anchor Laura Ingraham hammered as “disgusting.”
As NewsBusters reported on Wednesday, Acosta described the event as “a state of the state speech. … The state of the Trump base is strong. The State of the Union is deeply divided.”
The reporter trashed, “And while, yes, he was trying to make appeal to the African-American community it can't be forgotten he was awarding the Medal of Freedom to Rush Limbaugh who has a history of making derogatory comments about African-Americans.
It wasn’t long before the host of The Ingraham Angle weeknight program on FNC fired back by referring to comments from “members of the U.S. media,” including Acosta.
After playing a video of the reporter’s remarks and displaying a chyron reading “Presidential Success Versus Dem Pettiness” across the bottom of the screen, Ingraham stated: “Jim Acosta is disgusting. That is a disgusting comment. It’s a disgusting comment and false.”
Guest and Fox News reporter Sara Carter agreed, noting: “It’s absolutely false, but this has been the narrative of the Democrats. This is what we saw in the Obama administration.” Ingraham then referred to many liberals: “Every time they lose, they cry racism. Every time they lose, they say you’re a mean, horrible xenophobe. It’s insult after insult. What they accuse Trump of … it’s what they do routinely.”
Also joining the controversy was Limbaugh's producer, James Golden, often referred to as "Bo Snerdley.” He tweeted:
I just saw the footage from CNN's Jim Acosta saying Rush has a “history” of saying disparaging things about African Americans.
I have been in the studio with Rush for 30 years. I would like to formally challenge CNN and @Acosta to provide the list.
Will CNN respond to that challenge? NewsBusters will let you know what happens.