Since Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president ahead of the 2016 presidential election, CNN has become noticeably flagrant in its left-wing bias. Many of its anchors and talking heads, who once prided themselves on being nonpartisan, now make anti-Trump and anti-Republican statements out in the open.
CNN’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta has found fame in the Trump era, by being one of the president’s most outspoken critics. During a recent speech at the Hill Center in Washington, D.C., Acosta referred to the United States under Trump as a “vicious, nasty country.” He made the comments during a media tour to promote his new book about the Trump era, titled, “The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America.”
Acosta told the audience, “The question that I ask all of you is, what are you doing on a daily basis to make sure that we’re passing on to the next generation of our kids and grand kids a better country than the one that we have right now?”
He complained that Trump called the media the “enemy of the people,” adding, “I think we also have to take stock of what we’re doing at home, what we’re doing in our communities, what’s happening in our daily lives that is contributing to this culture of just viciousness. We’ve become a vicious, nasty country.”
Objective reporting for the educated American.
Acosta’s new book tows the anti-Trump line, which many argue is a flagrant conflict of interest for a White House correspondent–such correspondents are supposed to remain politically neutral in order to deliver the facts, unfiltered, to the American public.
White House press briefings are meant to be a means for the public to learn what the Administration is working on, with regards to public policy. Since Trump was inaugurated, however, reporters from various networks have used these press briefings as an opportunity to score viral moments and make names for themselves by corning Trump and his officials with questions designed to make them look bad.
Most Americans didn’t know who Acosta was prior to the Trump era; but due to his attention-grabbing tactics in the White House press conferences, he is now a national celebrity who writes bestselling books. There is a very valid argument to be made that the public is poorly served when journalists squander what should be informative briefings, in order to score “gotcha” moments and make themselves famous.