CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta fired back at President Trump on Thursday, calling his press conference in Poland “fake news” because he called on an American reporter first and slammed CNN. Acosta is obviously still sore that the president called him “fake news” first and took the opportunity to return fire.
Trump took the first question from The Daily Mail's U.S. political editor David Martosko, who was recently a candidate for a communications job inside the White House. That burned Acosta who labeled Martosko too friendly with Trump.
On CNN’s New Day, Acosta griped:
“This is not a surprise at all that the president would take the first question from a American reporter during his foreign trip, here, and that it would be from the friendly news media, friendly reporter who teed up a question about CNN. For the president to then go off on CNN as fake news, to me, just made this entire spectacle seem like a fake news conference. This was not an attempt by the president to seek out a question from somebody who is going to challenge him on the issues.”
Acosta whined about it on Twitter, as well:
But Acosta’s gripe falls flat when it’s learned that Trump took a second question from MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson. Is he under the impression that MSNBC is in Trump’s corner? Or is he just bitter?
Twitter let him know:
And then George W. Bush's former press secretary, Ari Fleischer, weighed in and got an Acosta tantrum in return:
But at the end of the day, CNN and Acosta are fake news. Fox News called him out on spreading it right in the middle of his New Day appearance:
“The other thing that was ‘fake news’ coming from President Trump is when he said, ‘Well, I keep hearing it's 17 intelligence agencies that say Russia meddled in the election, I think it's only three or four,’” Acosta said. “Where does that number come from? Where does this ‘three or four’ number come from? My suspicion…is that if we go to the administration and ask them for this question, I'm not so sure we're going to get an answer.”
However, there is an answer.
The New York Times – and other outlets – had reported for months that “17 American intelligence agencies” agreed Russia orchestrated cyber-attacks before the election.
But The Times on June 28 issued a correction, noting “the assessment was made by four intelligence agencies – the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency.” The Times bluntly concluded: “The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizers in the American intelligence community.”
What say ye now, Jim?