Acosta To Liar-In-Chief Trump: Media’s Record Of Truth-Telling ‘Is A Lot Better Than Yours’
President Donald Trump and CNN reporter Jim Acosta got into a spirited argument on Tuesday during a press briefer in India while the president is visiting that nation.
Acosta, following up on a question from another reporter, asked Trump if he could promise not to accept foreign assistance from Russia or any other nation in the upcoming presidential election. Russia notably interfered in the 2016 election, doing so in order to help Trump’s chances against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton that year, the CIA said, per reporting from The Guardian.
Trump tried to spin the question, claiming that recent reporting on the matter by CNN had to be retracted for jumping the gun.
“Didn’t [CNN] apologize for the fact that they said certain things that weren’t true? Tell me, what was their apology yesterday? What did they say?” Trump retorted.
The president’s answer failed to reveal whether he’d make a pledge against accepting interference.
Acosta responded to Trump’s non-answer. “Mr. President, I think our record on delivering the truth is a lot better than yours sometimes,” Acosta said.
Jim Acosta pummels Trump, executing powers of the press quite persistently. Trump tries to publicly shame Acosta and CNN. Acosta sets the record straight, along with the pathological liar at the podium. pic.twitter.com/9N3THtfxQq
— Stephanie Kennedy (@WordswithSteph) February 25, 2020
“Let me tell you about your record,” Trump shot back, “your record is so bad you ought to be ashamed of yourself.”
“I’m not ashamed of anything and our organization is not ashamed,” Acosta said.
Over the weekend, CNN did report that officials in Washington had said Russia was once again trying to help Trump get re-elected. But CNN also walked-back that claim a bit, pointing out that the U.S. intelligence briefer appeared “to have overstated [the] assessment of 2020 Russian interference.”
While any news organization, including CNN, may from time-to-time have to issue a retraction on reporting that was misleading or based on faulty information given to them, the president has failed to apologize or set the record straight on a number of occasions.
Indeed, according to the most recent update from the Washington Post, the president has lied or said misleading things directly to the American people, in public statements or online, more than 16,200 times since the time he took office to the middle of January.
That amounts to around 15 lies per day, although the rate has shot up to a higher average in recent days. In the last three months of 2019, for example, Trump lied or misled the American people about 29 times per day.