Bob Woodward, the Watergate journalist who made himself plenty of money this year with a bestselling expose of the Trump White House, says that despite what he might think of the president and this administration, he could not agree with CNN and Jim Acosta and their decision to sue the White House for access.
In remarks to the Global Financial Leadership Conference in Florida, Woodward said Acosta and CNN were wrong to look for a “remedy” in the courts. The remedy, he said, “was more serious reporting about what he’s doing.”
CNN? Jim Acosta? In the same breath as “serious reporting?” Surely you jest.
Woodward was circumspect when it came to criticizing Acosta directly, but he acknowledged that there were a great many reporters in Washington who had fallen astray.
“In the news media, there has been an emotional reaction to Trump,” he said. “Too many people for Trump or against Trump have become emotionally unhinged about this.”
While Woodward of all people was bashing CNN for taking this feud to the next level, Fox News Channel went to the absurd length of actually filing an amicus brief on behalf of the network and their clown reporter. In a statement Wednesday, Fox News president Jay Wallace said that they were standing by the rival network in their lawsuit against the president.
“Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponized,” Wallace said in the statement. “While we don’t condone the growing antagonistic tone by both the President and the press at recent media avails, we do support a free press, access and open exchanges for the American people.”
That’s fine and all, but this has nothing to do with the First Amendment, a free press, or anything else nearly so high-minded. As a matter of fact, nothing gets in the way of “open exchanges for the American people” like Acosta’s White House antics. He stands there in a room filled with eager reporters and sucks out all the oxygen with his star-seeking, clownish behavior.
Reporters on both sides of the ideological divide should be cheering his suspension. His absence from the press pool immediately grants these press conferences a seriousness and legitimacy they lacked last week.
The Resistance is alive and well in America’s courtrooms, unfortunately, so we won’t be shocked if CNN wins an injunction and puts Acosta back in the press corps before the week is out.
No points for guessing who or what his first question will be about.