‘This is not news’: Acosta in hot seat for pathetic attempt to ‘divide’ country and smear Trump

  

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Via:  heartland-american  •  4 months ago  •  31 comments

By:   Frieda Powers

‘This is not news’: Acosta in hot seat for pathetic attempt to ‘divide’ country and smear Trump
Of course, the anonymous source Acosta quoted did not indicate whether the president was “very concerned” for himself or for others, but it did not stop Acosta or his network from repeating the “scoop” which only earned him more criticism. “This is the most idiotic thing I’ve seen all week. And this week that’s saying something,” Media Research Center vice president Dan Gainor told Fox News. “Of course, ‘Trump is concerned about coming into contact with people infected with coronavirus.’ We...

Jim Acosta is an idiot.  His TDS is affecting his coverage of the administration and has since day one of Trump in office.  CNN is fake news.  


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CNN’s Jim Acosta is under fire again for an attempt to attack President Trump that critics say only serves to “divide” the country.

Soon after the CNN chief White House correspondent was slammed as a hypocrite for claiming Trump’s Oval Office address on the coronavirus crisis was “smacking of xenophobia,” Acosta earned fresh rebukes for an “idiotic” report aimed at making the president look bad.

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But Acosta’s attempt to smear the president with his story headlined, “Source: Trump is concerned about coming into contact with people infected with coronavirus,” backfired with a major backlash.

“A source close to Donald Trump said the President is telling people close to him that he is indeed concerned about coming into contact with people who have contracted the coronavirus, including the Brazilian official who tested positive after coming face-to-face with Trump at Mar-a-Lago,” Acosta began his report.

He cited a single source “close to” the president who said Trump is “very concerned about all the people he met who have it, including the Brazilian,” referring to Fabio Wajngarten, the press secretary for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Wajngarten tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, much to the delight of the left which  celebrated the thought  of the president possibly becoming infected. Reports that Bolsonaro had also tested positive were refuted by his son, Eduardo, who told Fox News the earlier reports were not correct.

Of course, the anonymous source Acosta quoted did not indicate whether the president was “very concerned” for himself or for others, but it did not stop Acosta or his network from repeating the “scoop” which only earned him more criticism.

“This is the most idiotic thing I’ve seen all week. And this week that’s saying something,” Media Research Center vice president Dan Gainor told Fox News.

“Of course, ‘Trump is concerned about coming into contact with people infected with coronavirus.’ We all are. And we’re all supposed to be. That’s how you stop a virus, by being concerned about who you interact with and taking precautions,” he said. “I know Jim Acosta hates Trump. But this is even stupid for one of the most ridiculous figures in the history of journalism,” Gainor told Fox News. “What’s amazing is Acosta isn’t even good at trolling Trump. All he does is embarrass CNN and further degrade the news industry.”

“CNN is trying to hurt Trump and divide our country in a time of national crisis,” he added.

“Acosta’s story “clearly falls into the category of ‘this is not news,’” DePauw University professor and media critic Jeffrey McCall told Fox News.

“That CNN and its White House correspondent want to make a big deal out of a normal concern is just more indication of their wide-ranging agenda to pester the Trump administration,” he said.

“Any sensible person would prefer to avoid the virus, so reporting that Trump is concerned is really a ‘so what?’ moment journalistically,” McCall added. “Using an unnamed source to leak this story when there are plenty of on-the-record sources available to the media to discuss the matter is also curious. Given the many other important aspects of the COVID-19 situation that need attention, this comes off as a real journalistic tangent and waste of time.”

Acosta’s latest example of his and CNN’s anti-Trump bias followed on the heels of his remarks following the president’s address, apparently pushing China’s conspiracy theory that the coronavirus did not originate there.

“Now, why the president would go as far to describe it as a foreign virus, that is something we’ll also be asking questions about,” he said, adding that Trump is “going to come across to a lot of Americans as smacking of xenophobia.”  Acosta was raked over the coals for his hypocrisy then, and was blasted afresh on Friday with his single-sourced report.

MRC director Tom Graham told Fox News the CNN story headline could just have been: “EVERYONE is concerned about coming into contact with people infected with coronavirus.” 






THIS IS CNN:

Acosta article, "Source: Trump is concerned about coming into contact with people infected with coronavirus"

A headline that could apply to 330,414,717 Americans.
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Heartland American
1  seeder  Heartland American    4 months ago

I understand he has been coddled & told he is wonderful his entire life, but he has to be told his degree is worthless & fake.CNN’s Chief Imbecile correspondent Jim Acosta blasted for ‘trying to hurt Trump and divide’ America with # coronapocalypse report https://www. foxnews.com/media/cnn-jim- acosta-trump-coronavirus-report 

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devangelical
1.1  devangelical  replied to  Heartland American @1    4 months ago
report aimed at making the president look bad

... after this week, POS/POTUS doesn't need any help with that. from nothing to see here to national emergency declaration in 1 week. bwah ha ha, what an f'n moron.

 
 
 
Tacos!
1.1.1  Tacos!  replied to  devangelical @1.1    4 months ago
from nothing to see here to national emergency declaration in 1 week.

Let's not pretend that some legion of enlightened Democrats or media were on top of this before him. They were all focused on impeachment and Iowa and New Hampshire and Super Tuesday while this contagion was raging in China. The media, for the most part, ignored it, and so did all the politicians here in America.

 
 
 
Heartland American
1.1.2  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  Tacos! @1.1.1    4 months ago

Except for our President who was acting on the issue while democrats were attacking him. 

 
 
 
Heartland American
2  seeder  Heartland American    4 months ago

“What’s amazing is Acosta isn’t even good at trolling Trump. All he does is embarrass CNN and further degrade the news industry.”

“CNN is trying to hurt Trump and divide our country in a time of national crisis,” he added.

“Acosta’s story “clearly falls into the category of ‘this is not news,’” DePauw University professor and media critic Jeffrey McCall told Fox News.

“That CNN and its White House correspondent want to make a big deal out of a normal concern is just more indication of their wide-ranging agenda to pester the Trump administration,” he said.

“Any sensible person would prefer to avoid the virus, so reporting that Trump is concerned is really a ‘so what?’ moment journalistically,” McCall added. “Using an unnamed source to leak this story when there are plenty of on-the-record sources available to the media to discuss the matter is also curious. Given the many other important aspects of the COVID-19 situation that need attention, this comes off as a real journalistic tangent and waste of time.”

Acosta’s latest example of his and CNN’s anti-Trump bias followed on the heels of his remarks following the president’s address, apparently pushing China’s conspiracy theory that the coronavirus did not originate there.

“Now, why the president would go as far to describe it as a foreign virus, that is something we’ll also be asking questions about,” he said, adding that Trump is “going to come across to a lot of Americans as smacking of xenophobia.”  Acosta was raked over the coals for his hypocrisy then, and was blasted afresh on Friday with his single-sourced report.  https://thenewstalkers.com/community/discussion/49758/this-is-not-news-acosta-in-hot-seat-for-pathetic-attempt-to-divide-country-and-smear-trump#cm1271618

 
 
 
bbl-1
3  bbl-1    4 months ago

Divide the country and smear the Trump, really?

Stormy who and all the rest.  The dead conservative party is deader than ever.

 
 
 
Heartland American
3.1  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  bbl-1 @3    4 months ago

An example of more wishful thinking from the haters of our President and the country that elected him...

 
 
 
squiggy
3.2  squiggy  replied to  bbl-1 @3    4 months ago
Stormy who and all the rest.

Look! Titties!

 
 
 
Tacos!
4  Tacos!    4 months ago
“Any sensible person would prefer to avoid the virus, so reporting that Trump is concerned is really a ‘so what?’ moment journalistically,”

This nonsense has been going on since the campaign. Not that there is never anything legitimate to criticize with Trump, but the media keeps taking ordinary speech and actions and turning into a scandal.

And it doesn't matter which way the facts fall. Here, CNN wants to scandalize the idea that Trump is worried about getting the virus. If he weren't worried, they'd call him a fool for not being worried about it.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
4.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Tacos! @4    4 months ago
Not that there is never anything legitimate to criticize with Trump, but the media keeps taking ordinary speech and actions and turning into a scandal.

16,000 lies is not "ordinary speech". Trump supporters and even some "independents" are hopeless. 

 
 
 
Sparty On
4.1.1  Sparty On  replied to  JohnRussell @4.1    4 months ago

Not long ago you were talking about 15000 lies.    Another 1000 lies in short order eh?

Amazing.

What’s really hopeless is expecting any rationality coming from anti Trumpers.

Sad!

 
 
 
JohnRussell
4.1.2  JohnRussell  replied to  Sparty On @4.1.1    4 months ago

President Trump made 16,241 false or misleading claims in his first three years

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/01/20/president-trump-made-16241-false-or-misleading-claims-his-first-three-years/

JANUARY 20, 2020

Three years after taking the oath of office, President Trump has made more than 16,200 false or misleading claims — a milestone that would have been unthinkable when we first created   the Fact Checker’s database   that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement he has uttered.

We started this project as part of our coverage of   the president’s first 100 days , largely because we could not possibly keep up with the pace and volume of the president’s misstatements. We recorded 492 claims — an average of just under five a day — and readers demanded that we keep it going for the rest of Trump’s presidency.

In 2017, Trump made 1,999 false or misleading claims. In 2018, he added 5,689 more, for a total of 7,688. And in 2019, he made 8,155 suspect claims.

In other words, in a single year, the president doubled the total number of false or misleading claims he had made in the previous two years combined. Put another way: He averaged six such claims a day in 2017, nearly 16 a day in 2018 and more than 22 a day in 2019.

As of Jan. 19, his 1,095th day in office, Trump had made 16,241 false or misleading claims. Only 366 days to go — at least in this term.

The president added to his total on Sunday evening with more than 20 Trumpian claims — many old favorites — during a triumphant speech at the annual conference of the American Farm Bureau. He incorrectly described trade agreements — suggesting Canadian dairy tariffs were eliminated and an agreement with Japan to reduce tariffs on $7 billion of farm products was “a $40 billion deal” — and also falsely asserted that “tough” farmers and ranchers were crying as he signed a repeal of Obama-era regulations. A   video of the event   shows no one crying.

In 2018 and 2019, October and November ranked as the months in which Trump made the most false or misleading claims: October 2018: 1,205; October 2019: 1,159; November 2019: 903; and November 2018: 867.

In 2018, Trump barnstormed the country in an effort to thwart a Democratic takeover of the House. The two biggest false-claim days were before the election: Nov. 5: 139, and Nov. 3: 128.

The key reasons for last year’s surge in October and November was the uproar over a phone call on July 25 in which Trump urged Ukraine’s president to announce an investigation of former vice president Joe Biden, a potential 2020 election rival — and the ensuing House impeachment inquiry. Almost 1,000 of the false and misleading claims made by the president last year deal with the Ukraine investigation, which became a category four months ago.

The president apparently believes he can weather an impeachment trial through sheer repetition of easily disproved falsehoods.

For instance, more than 68 times he has claimed that a whistleblower complaint about the call was inaccurate. The report   accurately captured the content of Trump’s call   and many other details have been confirmed. Nearly 100 times, Trump has claimed that his phone call with the Ukrainian president was “perfect,” even though it so alarmed other White House officials that several immediately raised private objections.

Three claims about the Ukraine investigation have now made it onto our list of Bottomless Pinocchios. (It takes 20 repeats of a Three- or Four-Pinocchio claim to merit   a Bottomless Pinocchio , and there are now 32 entries.) Besides the claim about the whistleblower, the two other claims on the Bottomless Pinocchio list are that   Biden forced the resignation of a Ukrainian prosecutor because he was investigating his son Hunter Biden   and that   Hunter Biden scored $1.5 billion in China after hitching a ride on Air Force Two with his father .

Trump   crossed the 10,000 mark on April 26 . From the start of his presidency, he has averaged nearly 15 such claims a day.

As Trump approaches a tough reelection campaign, his most repeated claim — 257 times — is that the   U.S. economy today is the best in history . He began making this claim in June 2018, and it quickly became one of his favorites. The president can certainly brag about the state of the economy, but he runs into trouble when he repeatedly makes a play for the history books. By just about any important measure, the economy today is not doing as well as it did under Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson or Bill Clinton — or Ulysses S. Grant. Moreover, the economy is beginning to hit the head winds caused by Trump’s trade wars, with the manufacturing sector in an apparent recession.

About one in six of Trump’s claims are about immigration, his signature issue — a percentage that increased in early 2019 when the government was partly shut down over funding for his promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In fact, his second-most-repeated claim — 242 times — is that   his border wall is being built . Congress balked at funding the concrete barrier he envisioned, so he has tried to pitch bollard fencing and mostly repairs of existing barriers as “a wall.” (Almost all of the 100 miles that have been completed replaced previous barriers.) The Washington Post has   reported   that the bollard fencing is easily breached, with smugglers sawing through it, despite Trump’s claims that it is impossible to get past.

Trump has falsely said 184 times that he   passed the biggest tax cut in history . Even before his tax cut was crafted, he promised that it would be the biggest in U.S. history — bigger than Ronald Reagan’s in 1981. Reagan’s tax cut amounted to 2.9 percent of the gross domestic product, and none of the proposals under consideration came close to that level. Yet Trump persisted in this fiction even when the tax cut was eventually crafted to be the equivalent of 0.9 percent of gross domestic product, making it the eighth-largest tax cut in 100 years. This continues to be an all-purpose applause line at the president’s rallies.

On 176 occasions, Trump has claimed that the United States   has “lost” money on trade deficits . This reflects a basic misunderstanding of economics. Countries do not “lose” money on trade deficits. A trade deficit simply means people in one country are buying more goods from another country than people in the second country are buying from the first country. Trade deficits are also affected by macroeconomic factors, such as currencies, economic growth, and savings and investment rates.

The president’s   constant Twitter barrage   also adds to his totals. Nearly 20 percent of the false and misleading statements stemmed from his itchy Twitter finger.

Trump’s penchant for repeating false claims is demonstrated by the fact that the Fact Checker database has recorded more than 400 instances in which he has repeated a variation of the same claim at least three times.

The award-winning   database website , created by   graphics reporter Leslie Shapiro , has an extremely fast search engine that will quickly locate suspect statements the president has made. We encourage readers to explore it in detail. We recently added a new feature that provides a URL for every claim that is fact-checked, allowing readers to post the link on social media.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
4.1.3  JohnRussell  replied to  Sparty On @4.1.1    4 months ago
For instance, more than 68 times he has claimed that a whistleblower complaint about the call was inaccurate. The report accurately captured the content of Trump’s call and many other details have been confirmed. Nearly 100 times, Trump has claimed that his phone call with the Ukrainian president was “perfect,” even though it so alarmed other White House officials that several immediately raised private objections.

68 times Trump lied and said the whistleblower complaint was factually wrong. 

“Whistleblower” got my phone conversation almost completely wrong."

NO ONE in their right mind thinks the whistleblower got the phone call "completely wrong" .  

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PolitiFact | Lie of the Year 2019: Donald Trump’s claim ...

Claim: "The first so-called second hand information “Whistleblower” got my phone conversation almost completely wrong."

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What’s really hopeless is expecting any rationality coming from anti Trumpers.
What the hell is wrong with you? 
 
 
 
Sparty On
4.1.4  Sparty On  replied to  JohnRussell @4.1.3    4 months ago

I’m not full of bottomless hatred and rage towards Trump but then again I don’t consider that bad so I guess that’s not it.

Sorry there buddy but I do hope you can survive the next 4+ years without stroking out.

 
 
 
Tacos!
4.1.5  Tacos!  replied to  JohnRussell @4.1    4 months ago

Oh look! JR is here with a deflection. How surprising! /s

The only lies I ever see you complain about are the ones that Trump allegedly makes.  When Democrats or the media lie, you couldn't care less. If anything, you think it's perfectly fine because . . . Trump! Lies! Thousands! TDS is not real! Bwahaha!

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The comment you are responding to, John, was about scandalizing whether or not Trump is concerned about catching the virus. Do you have any comments about that?

 
 
 
Tacos!
4.1.6  Tacos!  replied to  JohnRussell @4.1.3    4 months ago
For instance, more than 68 times he has claimed that a whistleblower complaint about the call was inaccurate.

That's an opinion with lots of room for gray area. Subtract 68 from your made up number. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
4.1.7  JohnRussell  replied to  Tacos! @4.1.6    4 months ago

You know, the first time Trump said that you could fairly say it was an ignorant "opinion". The 10th time he said it , it was a lie. 

After Trump ignorantly said , the first time, that the whistleblower complaint was "almost all wrong", the media posted the entire whistleblower complaint and compared it to the known facts, mainly including the 'transcript' that Trump said was "perfect".  The whistleblower complaint lined up factually almost completely with the transcript. 

Trump KNOWS this, so when he repeated his claim 67 more times he was LYING.      This is not even disputable. 

If no one had ever corrected him after the first time you might have somewhat of an argument, but they did and you don't. 

 
 
 
Tacos!
4.1.8  Tacos!  replied to  JohnRussell @4.1.7    4 months ago
This is not even disputable.

Things are not indisputable just because you say they are. Trump has a point of view. His POV is that he wasn't doing anything he didn't have a right to do. His perception of the whistleblower report is that it reports him doing something wrong.

There is no need to go into more detail than that. That is the assessment that matters to Trump. It may not be what matters to you, or even all 320 million other Americans, but it's what matters to him. That might mean he is mistaken, but it also means he's not lying.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
4.1.9  JohnRussell  replied to  Tacos! @4.1.8    4 months ago
Things are not indisputable just because you say they are. Trump has a point of view. His POV is that he wasn't doing anything he didn't have a right to do. His perception of the whistleblower report is that it reports him doing something wrong.

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The complaint, Trump wrote, was “all second hand information that proved to be so inaccurate that there may not have even been somebody else, a leaker or spy, feeding it to him or her?” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/09/27/trump-says-whistleblower-complaint-isnt-accurate-white-house-keeps-showing-how-it-is/

Trump was not saying his opinion was that what he did was ok, he was saying that the information in the whistleblower complaint was wrong(inaccurate).

That is as plain as day.  And he went on to repeat a version of this same falsehood 67 more times. 

Where did he get the idea that the whistleblower complaint was wrong?  Take a guess.

To hear defenders of President Trump tell it, the complaint filed by an anonymous whistleblower in August — a document that kicked off the week’s revelations about Trump’s efforts to get Ukraine to investigate a political opponent — is an inaccurate amalgam of secondhand rumors. A New York Post columnist compared it to the dossier of reports compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, citing the whistleblower’s use of hearsay evidence to draw conclusions and media reports to bolster what had been heard. Trump himself, perhaps having seen that column or, more likely, having seen something on Fox News, tweeted a sweeping dismissal of the document.

I will tell you what happened. Trump initially saw on Fox News or some other pro Trump media an opinion that the whistleblower complaint was inaccurate. He liked this take so much he repeated it in public. Eventually he repeated it 67 more times. Why? Because he's a pathological liar.  Trump KNOWS that the whistleblower complain was accurate because he himself released a transcript that lines up with the whistleblower complaint. 

You try and squeeze known facts into your preset pro-Trump conclusions, and thats just not the way reality works.

 
 
 
Tacos!
4.1.10  Tacos!  replied to  JohnRussell @4.1.9    4 months ago

Acosta, JR. Acosta. The story is Acosta, CNN, and how they scandalized something ordinary. Or is it your position that this should have been just as big an important a story as Acosta made it out to be?

 
 
 
JohnRussell
4.1.11  JohnRussell  replied to  Tacos! @4.1.10    4 months ago

4.1.9 was a reply to your contention that Trump didnt know he was lying. 

That is utter nonsense and it is provable.  I know you will go to your least breath this election defending everything Trump does. 

Thats the problem. People like you are probably a third of the population. Thats a lot of misguided people. 

 
 
 
Tacos!
4.1.12  Tacos!  replied to  JohnRussell @4.1.11    4 months ago
4.1.9 was a reply to your contention that Trump didnt know he was lying. 

And all of your comments have been replies to my comment @4 which was about the seed. How about the seed JR? I'm done being deflected by you. Comment on my comments about the seed.

 
 
 
Heartland American
4.2  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  Tacos! @4    4 months ago

The fake news is going to criticize Trump no matter what he does or says on this or any other issue.  Trump can do no right according  to them.  

 
 
 
Texan1211
5  Texan1211    4 months ago

Jim Acosta is an embarrassment to real journalists everywhere.

He is nothing more than a hack.

 
 
 
Heartland American
5.1  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  Texan1211 @5    4 months ago

And that’s a fact.  

 
 
 
loki12
6  loki12    4 months ago

This douchebag is a self promoting ahole who has his eyes on Chris tingles Matthews job, Nobody thinks Kornaki is up to the task, The only thing that he has going for him is the fact that Olbermann thinks he is a self centered ungrateful dick. 

 
 
 
Sparty On
7  Sparty On    4 months ago

Acosta is a poor mans Olbermann

 
 
 
Texan1211
7.1  Texan1211  replied to  Sparty On @7    4 months ago

They are both dicks.

Can't stand either one of them.

 
 
 
Sparty On
7.1.1  Sparty On  replied to  Texan1211 @7.1    4 months ago

True but Acosta is still in the minors in the league of assholes when compared to Olbermann although he is a top prospect to do great work going forward in the asshole bigs.

 
 
 
Tacos!
7.2  Tacos!  replied to  Sparty On @7    4 months ago

Good observation.

 
 
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