CNN’s Jim Acosta, perhaps the anti-Trump reporter whose career has benefited by feeding off of hatred for the president, appeared to be fact-checked by his own colleague, Jake Tapper, after he posted an (at best) misleading tweet about comments made by Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, regarding the push to reopen schools.
Acosta, who might be in the middle of writing another anti-Trump book, sent out a tweet reporting that McEnany said “science should not stand in the way” of reopening schools.
Acosta’s fingers on his iPhone likely could not type fast enough. This tweet was going to go viral and he was going to get so many new followers (good for contract time). It was the perfect tweet to rile up the CNN base.
One problem: It wasn’t true.
If Acosta paid more attention to McEnany, he would have heard her full comments.
“The science should not stand in the way of this, but as Dr. Scott Atlas [the former Stanford Neuroradiology chief] said, I thought this was a good quote, ‘Of course, we can do it. Everyone else in the Western world, our peer nations are doing it. We are the outlier here.’”
Fox News pointed out that Acosta’s tweet was retweeted 40,000 times. He later clarified his tweet and pointed out that McEnany said, “the science is on our side.” But the damage was done. His follow-up tweet got 800 retweets. (Anti-Trumpism sells!)
Jake Tapper, who did not mention Acosta by name, cautioned, “read the ENTIRE McEnany comment,” which Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University law professor, told Fox News was a clear shot at Acosta.
Turley wrote on his personal website, that he is a “fan of Tapper” because he is willing to call out a wrong. But he said it is clear that CNN will continue to use “the echo-journalistic model for ratings” the same way the New York Times has publically “abandoned its own journalistic objectivity.”
Buck Sexton, the host of “The Buck Sexton Show,” criticized Acosta, the “fake news superstar,” and other media outlets that pushed the edited version of McEnany’s comments. Democrats and their allies in the media that love speaking in universals in their attacks on Trump as anti-science.
“Democrats have a very obvious agenda with all of this,” Sexton said. “If, in fact, they can keep schools shut down, not every place, but in a lot of places” Trump is going to lose. “Trump could lose. They know it. If they can keep schools shut down, Trump’s going to lose. I mean, it’s not a sure thing, but it’s a pretty likely one. And think of what they were willing to do before.”