Sarah Huckabee Sanders
After what must have been an insanely painful 42 days for the White House press corps, Monday afternoon featured a White House press briefing and, needless to say, carnival barker, CNN chief White House correspondent, and infamous newsman Jim Acosta made sure to make this briefing count. Acosta used his allotted two minutes as best he could, tussling with Press Secretary Sarah Sanders over the Democratic Party’s issues with Jewish people and the President’s rhetoric as a source of what ills America.
As we’re treated to another week of The Big Bang Theory, it’s almost a certainty that creator Chuck Lorre will grace us with another vanity card aimed at Donald Trump, or a member of his administration. Following the February 7 episode, “The Donation Oscillation,” and its credits, the vanity card targeted White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, as well as her prayer life and her looks.
It’s certainly no surprise that CNN's Jim Acosta would go to virtually any length to criticize President Trump and anyone in his administration. The most recent example of this behavior comes in an excerpt from a new book written by former Trump administration official Cliff Sims, who wrote that Acosta and his channel “peddled slime” with “unsubstantiated misinformation from a disgruntled ex-Trump campaign aide.”
On Monday, the White House held its first press briefing in 41 days, a stat passed around the press about how it was the longest span between briefings since cameras were brought in during the Clinton administration. Despite this kvetching, CNN and MSNBC chose not to air a single second of the briefing live, which included an announcement of new Venezuela sanctions plus questions for White House Press Briefing Sarah Huckabee Sanders and three other administration officials.
People in the mainstream media have recently criticized White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for not conducting any press briefings since the start of the new year in part because President Trump told her “not to bother” because “the word gets out anyway.” During an appearance on Tuesday morning’s edition of America’s Newsroom on the Fox News Channel, former Press Secretary Sean Spicer stated that the administration “made the right call on this” because the media turn the briefing “into a circus” that has created “a bunch of YouTube stars that were B-rate reporters.”
On Thursday night, correspondent Randi “Kush” Kaye offered an hour-long special on the White House Briefing Room that served as nothing more than a pompous exercise in lamenting how they believe the Trump administration has been unfair to them and are unraveling American democracy. The endeavor was dominated by attempts to make viewers to feel bad for CNN, fondly look back on past administrations, and offer hissy fits about how, thanks to online and social media outlets, they’ve lost the ability to control the minds of the American public.
To put it objectively, CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta had quite the 2018. Whether he was throwing temper tantrums in White House briefings over CNN’s issue of the day or not being called on, 2018 saw Acosta become a hate object of sorts and a broader symbol of how much CNN loves CNN. For a year that began with him tussling with Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and ended with the controversy in which he briefly lost his press pass, here are the ten craziest Acosta moments.
In 2018 there was a torrent of ugliness directed at conservatives. Vice President Mike Pence was disgustingly derided as a “dangerous” Christian with a “mental illness” on ABC’s The View. When White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was hounded by leftist activists at a Virginia restaurant, The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin praised them as she condemned: “Sarah Huckabee has no right to live a life of no fuss, no muss, after lying to the press.”
Though they decreased dramatically in frequency as 2018 wore on, the year still offered plenty of aggravating and head-scratching moments inside the White House Briefing Room. Whether it was CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta making a fool of himself, CNN political analyst April Ryan trying to make herself into a martyr, or most of the press corps questioning the President’s mental state, there were any number of possible nominees.
On Monday afternoon, the White House released a series of brief but simple guidelines for journalists in light of CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s carnival-barking at not only press conferences with the President, but a pattern of bombastic, self-centered behavior that resulted in a ten-day legal standoff that began on November 7.
We’ve finally reached the end of the season for Hulu’s I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman, and it couldn’t get here fast enough. As usual, the comedian takes the half-hour to promote liberal politics, slam conservatives, and endlessly insult Trump. Remember back when her stated goal was to "connect with un-like-minded people"? Because I doubt she does. I know I shouldn’t expect anything from the series that has gone on more than twenty episodes, but I keep getting disappointed.
Most people don’t burn their bridges until after they’ve crossed them, but Jim Acosta seems to have no trouble doing that while he’s still going across. At least, that’s the way it seemed when CNN’s chief White House correspondent got into a heated exchange with President Trump during the press conference on Wednesday regarding the approaching immigrant caravan. Soon after the clash ended, Chris Wallace, anchor of the Fox News Sunday program, hammered the correspondent’s behavior as “shameful” and asserted that Acosta “embarrassed himself today” by hammering the President with question after question after question.