A dictionary check would do a world of good for CNN's Jim Acosta and other progressives who mightily insist that the caravan heading our way is not an "invasion."
An occasion when a large number of people or things come to a place in an annoying and unwanted way: the annual invasion of foreign tourists.
1 An incursion by a large number of people or things into a place or sphere of activity.
2 An unwelcome intrusion into another's domain.
Instead, Acosta, in "challenging" Trump's definition, adopted the one used by Democrats, progressives, liberals and everyone who opposes or detests Trump. In that, Acosta abandoned his job as a reporter and turned himself into an advocate, spokesman, apologist and poseur.
This is not to defend Trump's adolescent engagement with Acosta, the denial of Acosta's press pass or the alleged doctoring of a video recording the exchange.
The point here and in a earlier post ("CNN's Jim Acosta, Shut up and Sit down") is that Acosta has violated one of the basic ethical tenets of journalism: Objective and neutral observer. If he wanted to argue with the president, he should get himself a column, become an editorial writer or a commentator. If he wanted to become a left-wing pimp, he should stop passing himself off as a reporter and join the ACLU, Democrat Party or some such liberal group as a spokesman.
Sadly, it's a point that many of my writer colleagues have conveniently ignored, harnessed as they are to the liberal bias. Instead Acosta is heaped with praise from much of the media for "asking tough questions," ignoring the fact that he was pushing an agenda.
So, news organizations, professional groups and commentators focused on Trump's behavior, a juicy source of news instead of Acosta's bias that deserved reproach from his colleagues. That's why I was delighted to see an article turn up in a publication of the Poynter Institute, a journalism think tank, called, "CNN's Jim Acosta's actions to Trump don't represent the best of journalism". The authors, Al Tompkins and Kelly McBride said:
But Jim Acosta’s encounter Wednesday at a White House press conference was less about asking questions and more about making statements. In doing so, the CNN White House reporter gave President Donald Trump room to critique Acosta’s professionalism...
Acosta should have handed over the microphone.
Self-aggrandizing reporters like Acosta avoid the reality that their unprofessional bias inhibits their own intentions. Acosta has provided Trump supporters ever more proof of left-wing bias hence encouraging Trump to ramp up his goofy and over-the-top battle against the press. Acosta also has fueled divisiveness, which everyone says is bad for the country.
Acosta got what he apparently wanted: To come off as a martyr defending press freedom. But to me he's just another clown who tramples journalism ethics.
I'm a long-time Chicago journalist and freelance writer.
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