Heh: Jim Acosta Plays 'Anonymous Sources' Game With a Trump Story, Then Trump Completely Undercuts Him

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CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta needs no introduction here, as his past unprofessional antics, juvenile “gotcha” tactics, and routine displays of performance journalism as the cameras are rolling have been well-documented by my colleagues and me.

The animosity between President Trump and Acosta goes back to well before Trump was elected president in 2016, but watching Trump routinely own him never gets old.

The latest instance of this happening was earlier this week. Acosta “reported” on Tuesday that big changes were coming with the Republican National Committee post-election. In addition to alleging Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle were seeking “to expand their influence at the Republican National Committee”, Acosta also claimed that “three GOP sources” told him that both Trump Jr.and Guilfoyle were “unhappy with RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel” who they supposedly viewed “as not having done enough to win a close race”:

Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle are making moves to expand their influence at the Republican National Committee, three GOP sources, including advisers to the President tell CNN. Some sources say they may seek to take over the party structure themselves.

President Donald Trump’s eldest son and his girlfriend, a Trump campaign fundraiser and former Fox News host, have made it clear to campaign and White House officials they are unhappy with RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who they view as not having done enough to win a close race.

He also tweeted out a series of tweets to accompany his story, including these two:

There are a few big problems with Acosta’s story. Firstly, Donald Trump, Jr. has flat out denied Acosta’s claims publicly:

Trump Jr. also retweeted these two tweets from Republican strategist Andrew Surabian, who is one of his advisors:

Even better than that, President Trump himself completely undercut Acosta’s “report” by putting his seal of approval on Ronna McDaniel’s continued RNC leadership in a tweet Wednesday night noting he fully endorsed her running the Republican National Committee:

Pretty solid reasoning. I mean getting 10 million more votes than you did 4 years ago is nothing to sneeze at. It’s impressive as hell, to be quite honest. And if Trump ultimately ends up winning, all the better.

But in spite of Trump Jr’s denial and despite the President’s unequivocal show of support of McDaniel, Acosta has still not deleted the fake news from his story as of this writing, because of course he hasn’t:

It also shouldn’t surprise anyone to know how Acosta tried to fish out the information:

Serious question here: Do the words “ethical journalism” and “Jim Acosta” go in the same sentence/tweet? Asking for a friend.

(Hat tip: Twitchy)

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