There are two types of people that come to our attention from time to time. There are people that have a problem, and then there are people that are a problem. People who are a problem tend to increase the number of people who have a problem. I’m looking at you, Jim Acosta.
Jim Acosta is not really a reporter he is a pundit. A pundit who has turned White House press briefings into “The Jim Acosta Show.” His audience is the perpetually aggrieved and his fellow reporters in the White House briefing room. He’s not there to ask questions, he’s there to debate policy, and to make sure no other reporter gets camera time.
I’ve been reading some of the outrage from other media outlets about the revocation of his permanent White House Press Pass. All that tells me is that some journalists and their employers are exhibiting the characteristics of a species of rodent. Not rats, but lemmings. Lemmings that on occasion make a mad dash for the nearest cliff and throw themselves into the abyss. In Acosta’s case the abyss of boorish behavior and bad manners.
Jim Acosta has not been permanently banned from the White House, he now has to apply for a daily pass press. Good for one press briefing, and then repeat the process for the next briefing.
Mr. Acosta crossed a line by putting his hands on a White House intern and no matter how benign the touching was, it was to prevent her from taking a microphone that he does not own so it could be passed to another reporter. His fellow Lemmings, for whatever reason, are willing to tolerate Mr. Acosta preventing them from asking their own questions.
I know it may come as a shock to CNN and other media outlets that both private and public property belong to a person or persons who have lawful authority over that property. That lawful authority allows them to have people removed or limit their access to those properties. Mr. Acosta has no one to blame but himself for the loss of his permanent press pass.Published in