The Trump administration and the right aren’t the only people who seem to dislike former CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta with a burning passion. His fellow reporters don’t seem to like him either.
Acosta recently lost his White House press credentials after his embarrassing behavior during a presser with President Donald Trump, where he attempted to argue with Trump instead of asking questions, and even physically blocked a woman from taking the microphone away from him.
According to a tweet by Republican strategist Arthur Schwartz, reporters he reached out to declared that they aren’t big fans of Acosta either, including some at his own network. One reporter Schwartz spoke to used some very harsh words to express it.
“A few CNN reporters told me that they’re embarrassed by Acosta & CNN,” tweeted Schwartz. “A WH correspondent from a major network (not Fox) told me “This isn’t the Jim F*ing Acosta Show. We all hate him. He’s an asshole and he actually is disrespectful to the president.”
According to Ryan Saavedra at the Daily Wire, one member of the White House press corps said “Acosta’s one-man show” is more an attempt to “[get] his own show on CNN” than it is about actually asking decent questions and reporting the news.
This sentiment about Acosta is apparently not uncommon. Former Press Secretary to the Trump Administration, Sean Spicer, recalls hearing very similar things said about Acosta during his time there and notes journalists will tell you privately how little they think of Acosta.
“There is clearly a group of journalists that are disgusted and find Mr. Acosta’s behavior out of line,” Spicer said. “But, what happens is, and I wrote about this in my book, that there’s a bunch of groupthink and fear about going against the groupthink that they all face in there. And so, right now they all feel compelled to come out and say. But privately, they’ll tell you that they find his behavior unacceptable and doesn’t bode well for their industry.”
Sean Spicer on CNN’s Jim Acosta: “I’ve actually spoken to several reporters … there’s clearly a group of journalists that are disgusted and find Mr. Acosta’s behavior out of line … privately they’ll tell you they find his behavior unacceptable…” pic.twitter.com/yj0xSagQVQ
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 14, 2018