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Trump Acosta by rude reporter, fake news CNN, liberal media

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fake news acostaFor eight years, the elite members of our national news media treated Barack Obama as a conquering hero, a political superstar who overcame racism and intolerance to become our first African American President. The vast majority of our media heavyweights idolize the President and agree with his liberal policies. Instead of tough questions, they offered him a regular dose of pathetic softballs at his news conferences. In fact, real journalists should be embarrassed at the deferential treatment he received during his two terms in office.  

Despite the multiple scandals in his administration, there was a lack of investigative journalism from the major news outlets. Our vaunted media watchdogs turned into Obama lapdogs during his presidency. 

Now that there will be a new President, these journalists are suddenly becoming reacquainted with their investigative instincts. Of course, their newly discovered journalistic talent is on display because Donald Trump is a politically incorrect Republican outsider who is not connected to the establishment of either party. He also possesses views which are conservative, populist and nationalist. Clearly, he is not a liberal or a globalist, like the members of the elite media.  

It is quite clear that the mainstream news media hates Donald Trump. They don't like his positions, his personality or his ability to communicate directly with the American people on Twitter.  

This disgust was apparent on election night as the network news anchors could barely disguise their revulsion at Trump's victory. There were plenty of stunned looks from the smug anchors and their so-called expert analysts who had predicted a Hillary Clinton landslide. 

In the weeks following the election, there has been no honeymoon for the incoming President. While the media usually gives an incoming President positive coverage in the aftermath of a victory, Donald Trump has faced an unrelenting stream of negative stories and abusive treatment. 

It reached an apex on Wednesday when he held his first news conference since his election victory. Ironically, some reporters were complaining that Trump had not held a news conference since last July, but these same reporters had little problem with Hillary Clinton forgoing news conferences for the last 10 months of her campaign. 

Not surprisingly, on the day before the news conference, Trump was the victim of a vicious smear campaign in the form of a 35-page dossier that was published on the vile website BuzzFeed and promoted heavily on the “fake news” network CNN. While BuzzFeed published the entire contents of the phony report, CNN breathlessly hyped that the dossier was presented to the President and the President-Elect by intelligence officials in a briefing. 

This unverified and unsubstantiated report became the major story of Trump's news conference. It set the stage for a news conference unlike any other since the combative Richard Nixon era.  

Fortunately, at the news conference, Trump was in complete control and did not allow a rude and irritating Jim Acosta of CNN to ask a question. Acosta acted like a child by refusing to stop talking, continually interrupting Trump and trying to hijack the news conference.  

Trump did not allow Acosta to ask a question and labeled CNN "fake news." Someone should have told Acosta that it was Trump's news conference, not CNN's news conference. A President should have the right to select reporters from any news organization he wants to ask questions.  

Acosta's offensive conduct fits in perfectly on a network that regularly lambastes Donald Trump. CNN has a bevy of liberal hosts and guests and whenever the network gives a Trump supporter air time, he/she is outnumbered by more liberal guests. To illustrate this left wing bias, this week, avowed Communist Van Jones, a regular CNN contributor, was given his own program.  

Fortunately, viewers have options other than CNN. The network should be embarrassed by not only their reporting, but also by the antics of Acosta at this news conference. If it happens again, Trump should ban CNN from his news conferences and make the liberal network even more irrelevant. 


Jeff Crouere

Jeff Crouere is a native New Orleanian and his award winning program, Ringside Politics,” airs locally at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and at 10:00 p.m. Sundays on PBS affiliate WLAE-TV, Channel 32, and from 7-11 a.m.weekdays on WGSO 990-AM & He is a political columnist, the author of America's Last Chance and provides regular commentaries on the Jeff Crouere YouTube channel and on For more information, email him at [email protected]

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