The reason people are calling for an end to the White House briefing is exactly because of stunts such as this. And it’s a shame, because there are reporters in the White House press corps who want to ask honest questions, and they are being obscured by showboat moments such as this one by Playboy White House correspondent and CNN commentator Brian Karem.
First, Jim Acosta expressed his personal opinion that President Trump’s policies were immoral. “Where does it say in the Bible that it’s moral to take children away from their mothers?” He wanted to know. Of course, that’s not a question, it’s a statement.
Then Karem followed up by suggesting that Sanders lacked the empathy of a mother. “Come on, Sarah. You’re a parent. Don’t you have any empathy for what these people are going through?”
This is not just unprofessional, it’s self-indulgent, self-aggrandizing, and harms the rest of the press corps.
The press has always been liberal. But there used to at least bit of a check on it, as reporters sought in the briefing room to contain their opinions and ask legitimate questions, even if their choice of questions and level of aggressiveness was animated by their bias.
Now the professionalism is gone. Journalists need to stop weeping that President Trump fights back, even if sometimes he goes too far. Journalism has become advocacy, and so reporters will have to stop weeping at the pain when the arrows get slung back.