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Thursday, July 6, 2017

CNN's Acosta dubbed "Fake News Guru"

CNN's annoyingly rude Jim Acosta was the target of conservative angry bird tweets on Twitter after he accused the President of holding a "fake news conference." Afterward, he vomited some "fake news" of his own when he pedantically claimed that President Trump misstated the number of intelligence agencies that came to the conclusion Russia was involved with meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump took questions from MSNBC and The Daily Mail in a joint news conference with President Andrzej Duda (duda) in Poland. 

Acosta wasn't pleased.

"Trump finally held a news conference overseas. But he took a question from a friendly reporter [and Barack Obama never did] and then attacked CNN as 'fake news.'" Acosta tweeted, using his pinky to hit 'Send.' He went on, "Isn't it a 'fake news conference' to take a question from a reporter who is essentially an ally of the White House?" [Because Barack Obama had no allies in the news media.]

Acosta was probably referring to The Daily Mail's U.S. political editor David Martosko, a journalist who was possibly being considered for Trump's communication department but pulled out of the running.

Of course, right-wing social media folks went after the CNN "journalist's" sarcastic tweets, saying that the Obama Administration was inundated with friendly reporters who thought Obama could do no wrong and that he often called on friendly journalists.

Some even helped him without his ever asking--Candy Crowley comes to mind.

Donald Trump Jr. even got into the act, tweeting: "So by that logic, was every news conference for the last 8 years #fakenews Jim?"

Steve Deace, a conservative radio host tweeted: "Jim, over two dozen 'journalists' went to work in the Obama WH, including the former WH spokesman."

There's no doubt that 'journalists' tend to be liberal--more than 9 out of 10 vote Democrat and donate to the Democratic Party. 

There is also no doubt that Obama's press conferences could have been used as campaign ads for his party and the questions he often got were powderpuff softballs.

An Atlantic article in 2013 noted Time managing editor Rick Stengel was "at least the 24th journalist to work for the Obama Administration." 

Obama's White House Press Secretary Jay Carney also worked for Time as the Washington Bureau Chief.

While on CNN's "New Day" after Trump's joint news conference Thursday, Jimbo repeated the "fake news" schtick to describe an answer Trump gave to a question about Russian meddling in the election.

"The other thing that was 'fake news' coming from President Trump is when he said, 'Well, I keep hearing it's 17 intelligence agencies that say Russia meddled in the election; I think it's only three or four,'" Acosta said. "Where does this 'three or four' number come from? My suspicion . . . is that if we go to the administration and ask them for this question, I'm not so sure we're going to get an answer." 

Here's the answer, Jimmy: The New York Times, and other media outlets, reported for months that "17 American intelligence agencies" agreed Russia orchestrated cyber-attacks before the election. BUT ON JUNE 28, THE NEW YORK TIMES ISSUED A CORRECTION. 

The Times noted "the assessment was made by four intelligence agencies--the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency.

Of course, The Times put the correction at the bottom of the page where only people with OCD would see it.

Certainly not Jimmy A.