Well, I suppose if the Washington Post and the New York Times can win Pulitzer Prizes for their outstanding reporting of the Trump/Russia collusion that never happened, it’s okay if the disrespectful, egotistical, narcissistic Jim Acosta takes this award.
The Gabe Pressman “Truth to Power” award honors “an individual whose body of work challenges the power establishment and/or defends journalists.”
Jane Tillman Irving, the organization’s president said in a statement, “We are proud to honor a man such as Jim Acosta, who has proven himself throughout his storied, decades-long career to be a journalist of the utmost integrity. For his unwavering commitment to fact and journalism, we are pleased to add to Jim’s many accolades with the Gabe Pressman ‘Truth to Power’ award.”
Acosta serves as CNN’s chief White House correspondent. Known for his brash, rude, obnoxious personality, he has had numerous clashes with members of the White Staff, most notably with Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in the press briefing room. He has issued constant complaints that Huckabee Sanders tries to ignore his questions.
In November, following a skirmish with Trump himself, the President tried to revoke Acosta’s White House press credentials. He said, “CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN. The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. The way you treat other people is horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”
“CNN filed suit against the White House days later to reinstate Acosta’s press pass.”
CNN’s attorney, former United States Solicitor-General Theodore Olson, issued a statement: “The Supreme Court has held in no uncertain terms that the First Amendment protects ‘robust political debate,’ including ‘speech that is critical of those who hold public office.”
“A judge ultimately ordered the White House to back down, but Trump warned he would press the issue again for any journalists who violated briefing “decorum.” Trump said, “People have to behave. If they don’t listen to the rules and regulations, we will end up back in court and we will win.”
In honor of this momentous occasion, The Daily Wire has compiled a list of Acosta’s most noteworthy moments:
Throwing a hissy fit when Secret Service Agents asked to see his media credentials in May 2018.
Yelling at Trump during a White House tax bill event in June 2018.
“Fact-checking” Trump only to get “fact-checked” himself in October 2018.
Infamously having his mic taken away after he would not stop asking questions, thus preventing others from doing so.
Having his “hard pass” taken away by the Secret Service.
Reportedly having other CNN reporters say privately, “This isn’t the Jim F*ing Acosta Show. We all hate him. He’s an asshole and he actually is disrespectful to the president.”
Getting slammed indirectly by CBS News’ Major Garrett for his obnoxious behavior.
Revealing that he was writing his own book about the Trump administration and its battles with the news media.
And most recently, Acosta complained in March after he was not called on by Trump during a press conference with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, adding, “The president has, you know, a gazillion Twitter followers. He has a massive presence on Instagram, has a massive presence on Fakebook — Facebook. So do lots of other conservative figures here in the U.S. and so, you know, the president — he likes to talk about how there’s this media collusion game that is stacked against him when he has one of the most powerful social media voices throughout. And so I think that just has to be said as well, it has to be put on the record that he is sort of, you know, pulling a three card monty in terms of, you know, how he’s describing the situation.”