CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s relentless self-promotion show has hit a snag, with his latest production bombing at the box office.
That is, his book, “The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America,” isn’t selling. Just one week after being released, it has already sunk to #488 on Amazon as of Tuesday afternoon, well short of a best-seller. That’s an incredibly low number given the unusual platform he has – CNN – to sell the book.
Even the cover is kind of crappy.
Acosta, who pretends to be an objective journalist, wrote this kind of book, according to the description on Amazon:
Acosta presents a damning examination of bureaucratic dysfunction, deception, and the unprecedented threat the rhetoric Mr. Trump is directing has on our democracy. When the leader of the free world incites hate and violence, Acosta doesn’t back down, and he urges his fellow citizens to do the same.
Just the facts, ma’am.
While Acosta’s book sinks, so does another anti-Trump screed, the latest by Michael Wolff, “Trump Under Fire.” His book is at #408 after two weeks, nowhere near the success of his previous effort, the massive blockbuster “Fire and Fury.”
But don’t worry about these two. I’m sure they banked hefty advances. It’s their publishers who will have to pay the bill.
By contrast, “The Case for Trump” by Victor Davis Hanson sits at Amazon #1,093 – behind the other two, but it was published three and a half months ago. It’s a best-seller, even though Hanson lacks the name recognition of Wolff or Acosta, at least among non-conservatives.
Aww. CNN opinion journalist Jim Acosta failed to get called on in Vietnam during President Trump’s press conference and tried to make it an issue of freedom of the press, suggesting Trump was busy calling on foreign journalists instead.
Meantime, more responsible journalists from U.S. outlets did get called on by Trump.
Acosta Thursday, covering a trip to the Rio Grande with President Trump, accidentally promoted Trump’s border wall idea while attempting to show the lack of a crisis by noting there were no people trying to cross the border — as he stood next to a wall.
A federal judge in Washington is ordering the Trump administration to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta.
U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly announced his decision Friday morning.
CNN had asked that Acosta’s credentials be returned while a lawsuit over their revocation goes forward.
So I suppose now he can go to press conferences and stand up for 45 minutes asking questions. In fact, Acosta can decide he’ll take questions from the press too. Maybe he can attend briefings in his Halloween costume.
The judge was appointed by President Trump.
However, one thing is very important to note here. The White House, if it’s going to make a fight about this, could very easily revoke the pass again and it might stay revoked until the case is decided.
According to CNN itself:
Kelly made his ruling on the basis of CNN and Acosta’s Fifth Amendment claims, saying the White House did not provide Acosta with the due process required to legally revoke his press pass.
He left open the possibility, however, that the White House could seek to revoke it again if it provided that due process, emphasizing the “very limited” nature of his ruling and saying he was not making a judgment on the First Amendment claims that CNN and Acosta have made.
So it’s a technicality, essentially. As long as the White House takes it away again using proper procedures, it can do so. The judge is not saying that Acosta has a first amendment “freedom of the press” or “freedom of speech” right to be in the White House while the case is being decided.
Which makes sense to me. CNN has other reporters who can cover the place, and Acosta can continue to report from off campus, even though that’s not as good as reporting from the White House. But if the White House is making the case the Acosta has abused his privileges there, then it seems reasonable that he be kept off the property while the case is decided.
Again, my position is that Acosta should be offered a second chance and given his pass back if he promises to obey White House protocols. Freedom of the press suggests that any White House reporter should be permitted to enter the premises. But it stands to reason that such freedom does not allow you to do whatever the hell you like once your there.
Legendary reporter Bob Woodward says CNN’s lawsuit to reinstate Jim Acosta’s press pass is a bad idea, suggesting it only helps Trump, according to remarks reported by NBC News media reporter Dylan Byers on his Twitter feed.
“This is a negative … Trump is sitting around saying, ‘This is great,’” Woodward said at the Global Financial Leadership Conference in Florida. The lawsuit amounts to taking Trump’s bait, Woodward said, and the “remedy” isn’t a lawsuit, but “more serious reporting about what he’s doing.”
I have to think Woodward is not just opposed to the lawsuit because it helps Trump, but that rather he is appalled by the kind of journalism Acosta does. He also noted: “In the news media there has been an emotional reaction to Trump … too many people for Trump or against Trump have become emotionally unhinged about this.”
To someone like Woodward, an old school reporter who methodically assembles scoops and important news stories and books, the pure angry editorializing of the press when it comes to Trump is an anathema. The press has discredited itself by abandoning not just objectivity – or at least, the attempt at objectivity – but to have efffectively throw itself in with the Resistance instead of trying to check their emotions and stick to the facts.
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