In 'The Enemy Of The People,' CNN Reporter Recounts His Time Covering President Trump
Added 06-11-19 11:06:07am EST - “Jim Acosta comes across less like a reporter than a rival in his book ?" giving his side of the history of his interactions with the president and the legal battle to regain access to the White House.” - Npr.org
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As the most visible reporter to regularly spar with the president, CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta is a disputed icon.
President Donald Trump has called Acosta a "rude, terrible person" and "fake news." To many on the right, he represents deep media bias; to some on the left, he represents media pushback against what they see as Trump's frequent lies. In his daily life, he is subject to near-constant abuse, insults and threats — along with some praise and a lot of selfie requests.
More telling, perhaps, than either the praise or the insults is a friendly interaction Acosta recounts in his new book, The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America.
Acosta was covering a Trump rally in South Carolina in 2018 when a Trump supporter came into the press pen and asked to borrow a chair. Acosta offered his, they had a pleasant chat, and the man mentioned how odd it was to see Acosta reciting the pledge of allegiance and singing the Star-Spangled Banner at the rally along with everyone else.
"I thought to myself, Yes, I know the pledge and the national anthem. I'm an American," writes Acosta. "But the moment spoke volumes. Members of the press have been so savaged by Trump and his propagandists in the media that journalists seem almost foreign or anti-American to his supporters."
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