CNN reporter Jim Acosta says journalists are ‘fed up’ with President Trump’s ‘fake news’ accusations and insisted that the media is not the enemy of the people during an appearance on Stephen Colbert’s show.
The CNN political reporter, who has become a target for Trump’s ‘fake news’ jabs during White House press conferences, stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night where he defended his combative style of questioning.
Wearing American flag socks that he joked were from the ‘enemy of the people collection,’ Acosta said while reporters aren’t supposed to be the story, he’s allowed to care about the country just as much as anyone else.
‘We’re not supposed to be the story, that’s not why I’m out there. I get accused of that from time to time. My attitude is I’m allowed to care about this country just as much as anybody else,’ he said.
CNN reporter Jim Acosta, who has become a target for Trump’s ‘fake news’ jabs stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night
‘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’s comments come after Trump renewed his campaign against the media last week, saying the media is the ‘fake, fake disgusting news’ and casting journalists as his true political opponent.
The President also went on a Twitter tirade, calling the press the ‘enemy of the people’ and saying they are ‘sick and disgusting’. Some within his own administration, including daughter Ivanka Trump, distanced themselves from the comments and said they disagreed.
‘You know, we’re all fed up with the treatment that we’re receiving and I’m not the only one to speak out about this,’ Acosta told Colbert.
‘When you insult our news organization, when you call us ‘fake news,’ the way I look at it, hey, that’s calling on me for a question. So I am going to push back.
Acosta speculated that Trump disliked CNN so much because reporters have now become ‘fact-checkers in real time’ to hold the President accountable for his false statements
Trump renewed his campaign against the media last week, saying the media is the ‘fake, fake disgusting news’ and casting journalists as his true political opponent
‘I don’t think we do ourselves any good, Stephen, if we shy away from these hard questions. And, you know, my goodness, the way I look at it is – and this is the debate I have with my fellow journalists when we talk about this – what if we just did nothing? Do we just sit back and do nothing in the face of that?’
He speculated that Trump disliked CNN so much because reporters have now become ‘fact-checkers in real time’ to hold the President accountable for his false statements.
‘It is absolutely destructive when the president does that and that is why I, along with my colleagues in the White House press corps, we push back on these falsehoods on a daily basis. This is why there is a lot of people who support the president that are upset with us right now… they see it as we’re just bashing the president all day long.
‘Are we not supposed to do the news and not fact check the president when he’s obviously just telling whoppers.’
He went on to speak about the recent Trump rally in Tampa where Acosta was tweeted out footage of MAGA supporters heckling him.
‘I stepped down from the risers and talked to these folks. A lot of these folks are well intention-ed, they care about their country, they really like this president… they say ‘why don’t you report the good stuff’? As you talk to these folks, they start to calm down,’ he said.
‘My sense of it is that a lot of these folks get their impressions of what we do by watching other conservative outlets. These folks are focused on the coverage of the president’s behavior more so than the president’s behavior.’
He went on to speak about the recent Trump rally in Tampa where Acosta was tweeted out footage of MAGA supporters heckling him