Jim Acosta, CNN’s chief White House correspondent, called on Monday for the press to “resist” President Trump, but insisted he doesn’t mean being a part of The Resistance.
Acosta has been relentlessly nailed with the “fake news” moniker during briefings with the president as the two have clashed repeatedly. Now, Acosta is taking his hard licks and turning them into a rallying cry for other members of the press.
At the Pointer Journalism Ethics Summit, Acosta said:
"When journalists are attacked, journalists have to resist."
He was careful to distance such language from being misconstrued with the press becoming the anti-Trump resistance, but his behavior says otherwise.
As noted by The Washington Free Beacon, Acosta has faced criticism for his outbursts against Trump as being wholly unprofessional. MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough once described his actions as “something out of Mein Kampf." Former press secretary Sean Spicer said Acosta’s behavior was “hurting the profession.”
As for the thin-skinned Acosta, he believes that Trump’s “attacks” against the press might lead to “journalists being hurt” and apparently, that’s why he is leading the way to resistance. Stay tuned for Acosta to ditch the suit and tie and don the black-bloc wardrobe.