CNN's Acosta: Media Should Make Buttons To Combat 'CNN Sucks,' Protest On Pennsylvania Ave

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CNN correspondent Jim Acosta discusses his question to press secretary Sarah Sanders, when she refused to say that the press was not the enemy of the American people. Acosta was so distressed that he walked out of Thursday's press briefing.

Acosta came up with an idea to combat the 'CNN sucks' chants of Trump supporters: "I think maybe we should make some bumper stickers. Make some buttons, you know maybe we should go out on Pennsylvania Avenue like these folks who chant CNN sucks and fake news, maybe we should go out, all journalists should go out on Pennsylvania Avenue and chant we're not the enemy of the people because I'm tired of this."

Acosta said he just "tired of this" and called the 'fake news' attack "unfair." The CNN White House correspondent also said he felt "sorry" for the treatment Sarah Huckabee Sanders suffered at a restaurant in Virginia.





"Honestly, Brooke, I'm tired of this," Acosta fretted. It is not right. It is not fair. It is not just. It is un-American to come out here and call the press the enemy of the people and Ivanka Trump knows that. I don't know why her father doesn't. And I don't know why this press secretary doesn't. I mean she got yelled at a restaurant in Virginia. I feel sorry about that. I feel badly for her that happened. That comedian at the correspondence dinner said some unpleasant things about her. I'm sorry about that."

From his appearance on CNN Newsroom Thursday:

BROOKE BALDWIN, CNN HOST: There was also quite the exchange between our colleague, our chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta and Sarah Sanders. We all remember what happened to Jim and I know this has happened to some degree at all kinds of rallies he's been at. Jim is with me now. First, no one of called for the press secretary to be choked or harassed from this network, number one. And number two, why can't this White House acknowledge that the media is not the enemy of the people?

JIM ACOSTA, CNN CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Sadly, Brooke, I think what you saw happen here at the end of that briefing was the true feelings of the president, the true feelings of many of the people that work in this administration laid bare. They believe, it appears in their heart of hearts that the journalists who cover this White House, the journalists who work in this city, who were just trying a few moments ago to hold some of these officials accountable about attacks on our democracy, that the people here who work at this White House all the way up to the president evidently believe that journalists are the enemy of the people. Literally the enemy of the people. And I gave --

BALDWIN: Except for Ivanka Trump.

ACOSTA: Except for Ivanka Trump. I tried to pose that question to say, listen the president's daughter, his own daughter said no, she doesn't think that we're the enemy. And you saw it unfold there -- I was giving Sarah several opportunities to set the record straight and she flat refused. What you can obviously see she's taken a lot what she's experienced very personally. I think what you can obviously see she's taken a lot of what she has experienced very personally. I don't blame her for that. My goodness, she has taken on a lot.

But at the same time, she also has come up here to this podium on a regular basis and continued to tell the American people, you know, provable falsehoods, lies, and so on and, unfortunately, our job as journalists as you know, Brooke, we have to call that stuff out. We have to fact check them. We're fact checkers in real-time with this president because he tells falsehoods and lies so much. And, it's unfortunate the position that we're all in right now. And I'm standing in this briefing room right now.

There's no government official here but I'll say that the press is not the enemy of the people. And, you know, I think maybe we should make some bumper stickers. Make some buttons, you know maybe we should go out on Pennsylvania Avenue like these folks who chant CNN sucks and fake news, maybe we should go out, all journalists should go out on Pennsylvania Avenue and chant we're not the enemy of the people because I'm tired of this.

Honestly, Brooke, I'm tired of this. It is not right. It is not fair. It is not just. It is un-American to come out here and call the press the enemy of the people and Ivanka Trump knows that. I don't know why her father doesn't. And I don't know why this press secretary doesn't. I mean she got yelled at a restaurant in Virginia. I feel sorry about that. I feel badly for her that happened. That comedian at the correspondence dinner said some unpleasant things about her. I'm sorry about that.

She ought some of the things that were said to me the other night in Tampa, she ought to read some of the things that are said about my colleagues on CNN on a regular basis. It would be nice if we all lowered the temperature a little bit but at the very least, I think we should all be able to agree on one thing, and that is the press is not the enemy of the people. Fellow Americans are not the enemy of fellow Americans. And, you know, forgive me for going on a rant. They lost sight of that here at this White House.

BALDWIN: Let me say amen and also let me say what took Ivanka Trump so long to say that the press isn't the enemy of the people. We'll come back to all of that. Jim, I appreciate you standing there. I know it's personal for you. Appreciate you and all the work you do for us covering this White House.

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