Friday's HOT MIC
IS Jim Acosta auditioning for his own show? Some CNN staffers think so.
Jim Acosta is suddenly one of CNN's most controversial figures even among some of his CNN colleagues, who say his public battles with the Trump administration are going too far.
One of Acosta's colleagues, an on-air conservative political commentator for CNN, said he sees an ulterior motive in Acosta's actions. He said Acosta's widely noticed clashes with the White House give the impression that he wants a new role at the network.
"He's angling to host an opinion show," he said. "These [White House] briefings are his auditions."
Another CNN employee in Washington, D.C. made it clear that Acosta's outbursts aren't as popular behind the scenes as CNN sometimes makes them out to be on the air.
"Ugh, just ugh," a producer told the Washington Examiner when asked about Acosta.
Acosta is CNN's most visible White House correspondent, and his notoriety grew Wednesday when he pressed Stephen Miller, a top White House adviser, on the administration's new Republican-backed bill that aims to sharply reduce immigration.
At the press briefing that day, Acosta suggested that the new bill, which would favor English-speaking and higher-skilled workers, was out of sync with America's spirit in welcoming immigrants.
I'm pretty sure Acosta would not be pulling this partisan crap unless he had at least tacit support of higher ups at the network. Whether that bodes well for his own show is another issue. The questions are, why is he still on the air and why is he becoming even more outrageously anti-Trump?
CNN has watched as MSNBC has taken their hysterical anti-Trump coverage to new heights, subsequently seeing their ratings skyrocket. Acosta has become CNN's Rachel Maddow, with the difference being that his confrontations with the Trump administration happen face to face while Maddow's are Molotov cocktails tossed from afar.
CNN is daring the White House to ban Acosta from press briefings. Trump should take the network up on their generous offer and have the Secret Service perp walk him out of the building in handcuffs.