August 3, 2017 George Neumayr
He cements the media’s reputation as the opposition party.
It is impossible to overstate the partisan jackassery of CNN, which is at once a product of the cynical, ratings-driven scumbaggery of its head Jeff Zucker and the pretentious liberalism of its “reporters,” almost all of whom come from Democratic circles. What an astonishing collection of frauds. With their anchormanish baritones, they try to hoodwink viewers into thinking they are “serious” journalists. But they are all just liberal activists playing reporters on TV. Jake Tapper was a Dem staffer. So was Jim Sciutto. Christiane Amanpour, last heard lecturing journalists on the need to drop “neutrality” in its coverage of Trump, is married to former Clinton staffer James Rubin. And the list goes on and on.Out of this ethos came Jim Acosta, who, thanks to Trump, has justly become the face of fake news. Acosta’s hectoring of Stephen Miller on Wednesday — behavior indistinguishable from a La Raza activist at a Trump rally — confirms once again the journalistic bankruptcy of Jeff Zucker’s CNN. Acosta doesn’t need any encouragement to be a demagogic jerk, but Zucker has no doubt flashed that green light to him. (By the way, where are the successors to the Kalb brothers to tsk-tsk Zucker for his complete abandonment of “objective” journalistic conventions in pursuit of the cheapest of entertainment values? That even those old charades no longer occur is itself proof of the media’s status as an unapologetic opposition party.)
But conservatives should thank Acosta for pulling off CNN’s mask completely. It reveals the face of an exceedingly dumb and arrogant liberal. Poets, according to the windy adage, are the unacknowledged legislators of mankind. But Acosta on Wednesday was determined to turn Emma Lazarus into an acknowledged one. He demanded to know why the Trump administration wasn’t using her poem as the organizing principle of immigration policy.
Of course, he wasn’t literate enough to use her name.
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