CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta has made a name for himself by shouting questions at President Donald J. Trump and putting his life on the line whenever cameras are rolling in the White House briefing room. On Friday, for example, the intrepid reporter attempted to mansplain the coronavirus to Dr. Deborah Birx.
Acosta recently published a book, The Enemy of the People, about how the past several years have been "a dangerous time to tell the truth in America." One reason he wrote the book, Acosta explained, is that he wanted his children "to grow up in a country where, you know, we can still shout questions at the president." Making a scene on television was a tremendous "sacrifice," the reporter acknowledged, but one that he knows "will be worth it."
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When it comes to making a scene, Acosta is the best in the game. However, not all of his colleagues in journalism are impressed by his unique skill set. ABC's Jon Karl, for example, had some harsh words for Acosta in his own recently published book, Front Row at the Trump Show.
Karl, the president of the White House Correspondents' Association, criticized Acosta for frequently behaving like an "opinion journalist" and taking a "soapbox" approach that played "right into the explicit Trump strategy of portraying the press as the opposition party."
When it comes to actual reporting, Acosta is at best mediocre—no better or worse than a random college journalism student. If cable news did not exist, few if any newspapers would be scrambling to hire him. When the cameras aren't rolling, Acosta's ability to perform actual journalism by obtaining insightful information from sources is, shall we say, underwhelming.
Here, for example, are some of Acosta's best "scoops" over the course of his "reporting" on the Trump administration.
The time he exposed the fact that the Secret Service was concerned about a Chinese national breaking into Mar-a-Lago:
The illegal entry of a woman carrying Chinese passports at Mar a Lago is reaffirming continuing concerns inside the Secret Service, I’m told. "Access remains an issue," an agency official said. "It continues to be an issue."
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) April 3, 2019
The time he uncovered explosive details about the contents of an upcoming Trump speech:
Trump's new nickname for Kim Jong Un, "Rocket Man," was added to the president's speech this morning, I'm told by a senior admin official.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) September 19, 2017
The time he discovered how press conferences work:
Plan is for Trump to give a statement at news conference before taking questions I'm told.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 11, 2017
The time he exposed the Trump administration for being curious about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into election meddling:
There is a "curiosity of the unknown" about the unreleased findings from the Mueller report, an admin official tells me.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) April 14, 2019
The time he uncovered the truth about how "pissed" Trump was:
Trump "super pissed" he has to start Chief of Staff process all over again after Ayers bolted at last minute, we are told by sources.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) December 10, 2018
The times he found out where Dr. Anthony Fauci was:
My understand is Fauci is waiting behind the scenes standing by for this portion of briefing to end.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) April 1, 2020
Fauci not expected at today's briefing, I'm told.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) April 2, 2020
The time he read a White House press release:
According to WH, there will be no Dem lawmakers in the Oval when Trump signs the stimulus bill. pic.twitter.com/K9DXJCf8BT
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) March 27, 2020
The time he snapped an epic pic of a White House staffer carrying paper towels:
They’re running out for supplies over here at the WH too… pic.twitter.com/m099859NIA
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) March 30, 2020
And last but not least, the time he OWNED Trump for tweeting a FABRICATED image of Conan, the hero dog who killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi:
A WH official said "the dog is not at the WH." https://t.co/eJLqBMyKna
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 30, 2019