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How CNN's Jim Acosta became reporter Trump loves to hate

The news conference was brilliant throughout the country. The country's leader hunched over a stage before reporters. CNN's Jim Acosta…

The news conference was brilliant throughout the country. The country’s leader hunched over a stage before reporters. CNN’s Jim Acosta grabbed a microphone and fired a hard question.

“Why do you have Cuban political prisoners?” Asked Acosta. “And why do not you let them go?”

It was March 2016 in Havana. Then President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro held a joint press conference to mark the US President’s historic visit to the island nation. Castro, the long-standing, stronger head of an oppressive regime that was unaware of spreading resistance and confusing the press, was clearly uncomfortable field questions from a journalist. As the New York Times reported, it was the first time a foreign reporter had taken up Cuban leadership since the 1


However, managers did not go in to capture Acosta’s microphone. The reporter – whose own father was a Cuban exile – was not taken out of space. His references were not thrown. Instead, the Cuban leader casts out a non-response. “Give me a list of political prisoners and I’ll let them go immediately,” Castro said.

Rapidly emerged two years, and Acosta had a very different experience on Wednesday that moved with the president’s power in the air.

CNN correspondent Jim Acosta stands before the daily press conference of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

Following the mixed results of the week’s half-month election, President Trump held a news conference that quickly came into a compact fight against Democrats, failed Republican candidates and the press.

“CNN is ashamed to have you work for them,” Trump thundered to Acosta after the reporter asked a question about the president’s inflammatory rhetoric about immigration. “You are a rude, horrible person. You should not work for CNN.”

Timor later, Acosta announced that the White House had lifted its press data. In a statement White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that Acosta had lost her hard pass after “putting her hands on a young woman” who tried to remove the reporter’s microphone during his testimonials back and forth with Trump.

“This is a lie,” said Acosta on Twitter who later explained to CNN’s Anderson Cooper that the White House “tried to shut us down. I think they’re trying to send a message to my colleagues . “

Acosta’s excellent references have created a four-star media circuitry – attracting much of the press focus from the mid-year results and the abrupt termination of lawyer Jeff Sessions. It is also the latest cycle in the reporter’s complicated relationship with the administration. Depending on your political streaks, the move was either a dangerous attack on the first amendment or a showboating reporter’s appearance.

Since 2016, Acosta has become one of the press corps most highly-profited members, who regularly save with officials, such as Sanders and White House adviser Stephen Miller. For Trump – which repeatedly turns its anger on the press and especially CNN – Acosta is a handy foil. But the reporter’s bulldog reporting style has made him a household name.

“I get more death threats than I can count,” said Acosta Variety this year. “I get them basically once a week.”

If there is a predecessor to Acosta’s style in the white house’s media landscape, it was Sam Donaldson. During the latter part of the Reagan administration, the president would go months to take questions from the press. The ABC White House correspondent began lobbing questions at President Ronald Reagan during public appearances.

“Donaldson has become famous and panned for his aggressive reporting on a distant president, calling out Reagan’s questions in a megaphone voice that can even be heard over the helicopter rotors when the reagents release Camp David,” wrote Christian Science Monitor in 1987. [19659017] Acosta, who grew up in Washington, DC, graduated from James Madison University, first landed at CNN 2007 after a number of years working for local and network services. For the network, he began to cover political stories, including My Romney’s 2012 Presidential Campaign and Obama White House, according to a political profile published last year.

The reporter’s first memorable air burst with Trump put the scene to much of their later relationship. In May 2016, Acosta asked them candidates for media attention.

“I’ve seen you on TV,” replied Trump. “You are a real beauty.”

Acosta has not shown himself when he met Trumps jeremiads against his press cover. Rather, like his encounter with Castro, he doubles down by challenging Trump’s statements in air confrontations filled with excitement and barely buried anger – TV-ready exchanges that perfectly enclose the president’s sharp relationship with the press. “When the president of the United States calls the press” false news “and” enemy of american people “… i think it’s when you have to be tough and ask the hard questions,” said Acosta to Washington Post in 2017.

A perfect Examples came just days before Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, when the reporter and presidential election spared the allegations contained in the infamous Steele documentation published by BuzzFeed.

“Not you. Your organization is horrible,” said Trump to Acosta, because the reporter tried to ask a question.

“Since you attack us can you ask us a question? Mr President, because you attack our news organization, can you give us a chance? “Replied reporter.

” I will not ask you a question, “Trump shot back.” You are false news. “

Since then, Acosta has regularly spared Trump. After the violent” Unite the Right “hatred In Charlottesville last year, Acosta Trump controlled when the president asserted that there were “some very nice people on both sides.”

“No gentleman, there are no nice people in the Nazis,” Acosta retorted. “

The reporter also warned questions at Trump during the president’s summit with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un in June. The exchange led Trumps 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale to urge Acosta to “immediately get their press releases suspended”.

Acosta dropped out a quick retort on Twitter .

“Dear Brad,” he wrote. “[D] ictatorship removes press data. Not democracies.”

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