Jim Acosta and noted CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale just gave up the game and exposed the double standard they had with Trump for all the world to see.
They just admitted they won’t cover Joe Biden and his administration, which is already very swampy, as aggressively as they did Trump.
When asked about his obvious double standard Acosta said that President Trump’s rough treatment of the press was a “nonstop national emergency.”
From Fox News:
Acosta, who emerged as a hero of the anti-Trump “resistance” for his combative style of questioning members of the administration, is perhaps the most famous example of someone who benefited from covering Trump.
Coppins noted critics who have accused him of “showboating” with such antics as walking out of a press conference after then–Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to say reporters weren’t enemies of the people.
“But he insists that his on-air indignation has always been genuine,” Coppins wrote before Acosta admitted he wouldn’t cover Biden with as much ferocity.
“You can’t just go and trash the press and totally lie to the American people and tell them real news is fake news … I don’t think the press should be trying to whip up the Biden presidency and turn it into must-see TV in a contrived way,” Acosta told Coppins.
Coppins admitted it sounded like a “double standard,” but Acosta maintained that Trump’s treatment of the press was a “nonstop national emergency” that warranted harsh coverage.
“If being at the White House is not an experience that might merit hazard pay … then perhaps it is going to be approached differently,” Acosta told Coppins.
CNN digital producer-turned Fourth Watch editor Steve Krakauer mocked the quote, calling Acosta’s remarks ‘”literally delusional” or “continued kayfabe.”
Acosta’s colleague, CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale, also admitted he won’t cover Biden the way he handled Trump.
“It will not be a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week job to fact-check Biden,” Dale told Coppins, who noted that the CNN fact-checker feels Biden doesn’t lie as often as Trump so his role will largely shift to “debunking online disinformation and digging into claims made by congressional leaders.”
Many took to Twitter to mock the CNN staffers for essentially admitting they won’t cover Biden as thoroughly as they did Trump.
Jim Acosta described Trump’s treatment of the media as a "nonstop national emergency,” and described working at the White House as "an experience that might merit hazard pay.”— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) December 29, 2020
Literally delusional (or continued kayfabe). Via @mckaycoppins piece: https://t.co/zyyPLOrfLd pic.twitter.com/zF2bbyNl6I