CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta told Stephen Colbert that reporters are “not supposed to be the story,” adding: “That’s not why I’m out there.”
“Do you worry that the president points at y’all so much and there’s a natural need to respond as a human being that you end up being the story when that’s not really the goal of your journalism?” Colbert asked Acosta on the CBS “Late Show” host Wednesday night.
“We’re not supposed to be the story, you know. That’s not why I’m out there,” Acosta responded. “I get accused of that from time to time, and my attitude is ‘Listen, I’m allowed to care about this country as much as anybody else.'”
“Don’t make me the story,” he modestly said to a wildly applauding audience on a nationally broadcast entertainment show
— Razor (@hale_razor) August 9, 2018
The Atlantic’s Todd S. Purdum argued earlier this week that Acosta’s combative style is “blurring the line between reporting and performance,” adding that the CNN correspondent is a “convenient villain” for the White House’s war with the press.
Doesn’t want to “be the story” – bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha(takes breath)hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha ☠️ pic.twitter.com/ltwy5eVhRb
— Rhonda (@Dizzle__D) August 9, 2018
“The last thing Trump—or the press, or the public—needs is another convenient villain in the performative arena of the long-running reality show that is his administration,” wrote Purdum in a piece that made the rounds in media circles on Tuesday. “Acosta’s broadside blurs the line between reporting and performance, between work and war, at a time when journalists have a greater obligation than ever to demonstrate that what they do is real, and matters—and is not just part of the passing show.”
Acosta went on to argue to Colbert that President Trump‘s immigration policies and falsehoods told to the press make him feel like we isn’t “living in the same United States of America that I live in.”
He is giving himself too much credit. It’s not he is the story, he is the joke of the story. Acosta, go take a few more selfies and you will start feeling better.
— 🍑K for Trump🍑 (@Kpe1964) August 9, 2018
“If you think that … you can take children away from their parents on the border and put them in cages, if you think you can demonize immigrants and call them rapists and criminals, if you think that you can distort the sense of reality that we all have on a daily basis by telling lie after lie and falsehood after falsehood and not face any hard questions, I think you’re just not living in the same United States of America that I live in,” Acosta said.
“I thought you were going to say, ‘Then you might be Donald Trump,’” Colbert chuckled in response.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) August 8, 2018
H/T The Hill