CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta was none too thrilled that his network “won” four of President Trump’s “Fake News Awards” on Wednesday, and ripped Trump during a forum at the Newseum on press freedom.
“I would say, having been called ‘fake news’ myself, that the President of the United States is the king of fake news.”
Acosta then listed examples of the president’s fake news — his claim that Obama wasn’t born in the U.S., Mexicans are rapists, voter fraud being responsible for not winning the popular vote and the size of his inauguration crowd — and added that he didn’t have an agenda or an ax to grind.
“It’s unfortunate that the president has sunk to that level where he has to go around issuing these kinds of awards,” Acosta said. “It’s just not what you would think would happen in this country.”
The forum also included what the Newseum called the Press Oppressor Awards, using the opportunity to give Trump the Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom.
Acosta and the president have had a testy relationship since he took office last year with Trump singling out the journalist and CNN as examples of what was wrong with the media.