This is a braver move than it may seem.
ABC’s Jonathan Karl is an excellent reporter who, you may remember, went toe to toe with Obama White House Press Secretary Tim Carney, but without the grandstanding and with a legitimate intent to hold him accountable.
He was a rare example of a White House press corps participant willing to grill the Obama team, which the media either adored or felt intimidated by — it’s little known that the Obama press shop ruthlessly attacked reporters who wrote critical stories.
It’s tough to breach the stale consensus and clubby feel of Washington journalism. But Jonathan Karl, currently president of the White House Correspondents’ Association has been devoted enough to his professional responsibilities to do it.
And his broadside against Acosta is something that will be appreciated some other White House reporters who still try to check their liberal opinions and instinct to grandstand at the door.
According to the Washington Examiner:
White House Correspondents’ Association President Jonathan Karl rebuked his colleague Jim Acosta of CNN for his conduct on the job.
Karl, chief Washington correspondent at ABC News, provided the criticism of his fellow White House reporter both in his new book Front Row at the Trump Show, released Tuesday, and during recent interviews.
In the book, he argued Acosta, who has had a multitude of verbal dust-ups with President Trump during press briefings, was “playing into the explicit Trump strategy of portraying the press as the opposition party” and encouraged him not to “give speeches from the White House briefing room.”
Karl later told The Daily Beast, “Regarding Jim Acosta, to paraphrase Voltaire, I will defend to the death his right to report from the White House, but I have some issues with the style in which he has done so … We can be tough, we can call out things that are not true, we can be aggressive in our questioning, but I don’t think we should act like we are part of the resistance.”