FILE – In this Aug. 2, 2018 file photo, CNN correspondent Jim Acosta does a stand up before the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington. Acosta says President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media must stop or there’s a risk someone will get hurt. He is one of the most visible members of the press corps covering Trump and a target for verbal abuse at the president’s rallies. He said Monday that Trump has, “normalized and sanitized nastiness and cruelty” in an unprecedented way. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
The weirdest thing coming from the media right now is the sudden pearl-clutching they’re doing over President Donald Trump saying the words “Chinese virus.” The virtue signaling has been turned up to 11 as they declare that Trump’s use of the term is xenophobic and racist.
This is wholly strange because up until recently, that’s exactly how the media itself was referring to the virus. What’s more, it’s not just weird that they had a sudden reversal of the narrative. In fact, that’s not the weirdest part at all. The media will go back and forth on a position based on whatever position Trump takes.
The weirdest part is that they think they can virtue signal like they do out in the open with their hypocrisy just hanging out for all to see and that we, the people, won’t know any better. This is a position they hold in the age of the internet where information distribution is done peer to peer, not just necessarily media to the consumer.
So it’s really weird that anti-Trump White House reporter Jim Acosta of CNN would tweet this out.
“Trump again calls Coronavirus the “Chinese virus,” tweeted Acosta.
Trump again calls Coronavirus the “Chinese virus.”
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) March 19, 2020
Tweeting this out makes absolutely no sense, especially in light of his own network using that very phrase repeatedly.
So does your own network, you ridiculous boob. pic.twitter.com/tyDcQWNg5l
— I didn't vote for him, so think of a new retort (@jtLOL) March 19, 2020
In fact, Acosta himself used the name of the location the virus originated in himself in a tweet.
Needless to say, the ratio began.
Can CNN not run a search of how it covered the same virus? Search before tweeting, Jimbo.
— Courtney Kirchoff (@Courtneyscoffs) March 19, 2020
Just like CNN was up until they decided to call it racist. Shut up.
— Blaire White (@MsBlaireWhite) March 19, 2020
Thank you. As I sit here worried if my baby will run out of diapers, wipes or formula this is what I want to see the news report.
— Holden (@Holden114) March 19, 2020
Dude… people are laughing at you!
— Sandy (@tnacgal) March 19, 2020
So does your employer. pic.twitter.com/3vsdDEBMsO
— Todd Gawronski (@ToddGawronski) March 19, 2020
CNN has short term memory on purpose! Why don’t you all focus on getting information to the masses instead of continuing to push the lie that Trump is a racist! pic.twitter.com/vTrC8WX8Jr
— ExDem🇺🇸Latina (@ExDemLatina) March 19, 2020
It goes on and on.
Journalists and outlets like the kind Acosta is and works for are bafflingly stupid if they truly believe they can get away with pulling this narrative over the eyes of the people who have their very own tweets from the recent past to look at. The only thing that I can conclude from this is that media figures think we’re stupid.