Leftist journalists relentlessly dogged President Donald Trump and his administration during his time in office. With President-elect Joe Biden about to take office, at least one network is about to take their toughest journalist out of the White House to make it easier on the incoming Democrat.
CNN has announced that notorious Trump antagonist Jim Acosta will be leaving his role as chief White House correspondent and take over as chief domestic correspondent for the network, The Hill reported.
Acosta was known for grandstanding during press briefings and antagonizing the president and his spokespeople to elicit soundbites — a skill apparently obsolete now that a Democratic president will soon take office.
This shift came amid other network changes including moving “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” into the 6 p.m. time slot and extending Jake Tapper’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper” weekday show to two hours, Fox News reported. Kaitlan Collins will take over Tapper’s role as chief White House correspondent effective Jan. 20 — Inauguration Day for Biden — proving that it is a calculated softening for the Democrat.
“It certainly seems odd that CNN is pulling Acosta from the White House rotation right as a Democratic president is set to take office,” Amber Athey, Washington editor for The Spectator, told the news outlet of her White House press pool colleague. “He insisted repeatedly that his style of shouting questions, delivering monologues, and heckling White House officials was merely about holding powerful people accountable for their actions,” she said. “Is CNN effectively saying that they don’t want to hold the Biden administration accountable in the same way?”
It seems so to Tim Graham, executive editor for NewsBusters, who also found Acosta’s move out of the White House indicative of CNN’s bias against Trump.”[Acosta’s] raging, lecturing routine has no place in the Biden press corps,” Graham said. “The transition from rabid lion to Poppin Fresh would have been stunning. What we’re to get now is repeaters, not reporters,” he continued. “The liberal networks say they won’t be ‘stenographers to power,’ but that’s exactly what they sound like most of the time when they are covering Democrats.”
“The new CNN White House correspondent will just be a Muppet who nods their head in agreement with whatever the Biden administration spins,” Chris Barron, conservative strategist, told Fox News. “CNN stopped pretending to be an objective news outlet and they aren’t even trying to hide it anymore.”
Acosta regularly sparred with Trump and his officials with one leftist talking point after another. However, it was one confrontation in particular that got the correspondent briefly banned from the press corps. After heckling Trump about the Russia collusion investigation, Acosta briefly tussled with a young female intern over a microphone. It was only after CNN took legal action that his credentials were reinstated.
It was clear from the beginning that Acosta was pursuing a vendetta on behalf of CNN and the rest of the leftist media. Every made-up scandal, vicious rumor, or leftist conspiracy became his line of questioning over the years. He treated Trump harshly and pursued him aggressively in a way that Democrats never experience. Now, with Trump about to leave office, CNN apparently thinks it’s time to swap out their attack dog for a toady.