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Jim Acosta makes up facts and laws to suit his feels

by Greg Krehbiel on 3 August 2017

The interaction between Jim Acosta and Stephen Miller in the video on this page is amusing and very telling.

Fox anchor on Miller: ‘Don’t put that guy in front of cameras again’

And Fox News host Eric Bolling has it completely wrong. Put Miller out there 24-7. The guy is razor sharp.

2017-08-03  »  Greg Krehbiel

Talkback x 7

  1. pentamom
    3 August 2017 @ 10:31 am

    Ugh that was frustrating. This was a press briefing, not a political debate, right? So why was Acosta pressing this point beyond the point of finding out what Miller’s position was, and reporting on it?

    And he’s so ignorant as to think that only people from Australia and Great Britain speak English? Even asuming tht was hyperbole, it doesn’t account for the fact that vast numbers of people around the world learn it as a second language, or even as one of multiple first languages. I assume he’s heard of India.

    Finally, what was so terrible about Miller’s performance that Bolling (I have no idea who he is, I’ve never heard of any of these guys before) thinks that he shouldn’t be in front of the camera? Admittedly, I got sick of the thing halfway in — did he lose it or something?

  2. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    3 August 2017 @ 11:28 am

    I’ve heard others say that Miller lacks charisma, but I don’t get it either. He seems sharp and quite well informed. Suppose they just don’t like that it got a bit testy, but … how do you deal with a jerk like Akosta without getting testy?

  3. William
    3 August 2017 @ 12:15 pm

    As these things go, there was mud on both sides of the fence. Acosta made himself look foolish (aka bumbling idiot) by going beyond asking questions and reporting on the answers (or non-answers or lies when it comes to responses from this administration). He indeed pokes the bear. Yet, instead of answering the initial question, Miller gets defensive and jumps into the fray with both feet…making himself appear less professional (aka arrogant schmuck) and confrontational when his role was to be informational. IMO, they were both in error!

    Contrary to popular belief, the WH press briefing isn’t a forum to earn brownie points for partisan interests. It’s “suppose” to be an information exchange for the benefit of American citizens. The WH press team and the media would do citizens a great service if they’d stick to their assigned roles, present/discuss the facts at hand and let “us” judge the merits of it.

  4. Dave Krehbiel Dave Krehbiel
    3 August 2017 @ 6:18 pm

    @William:regarding assigned roles at WH press briefings, assigned by whom? Can you cite some sort of reference, maybe in the Constitution, maybe in federal law, maybe in a Supreme Court decision?

    It seems to me that you keep hoping the current administration will follow traditional Washington DC practices and traditions and customs. Maybe they will. Probably they won’t.

  5. William
    3 August 2017 @ 6:59 pm

    @Dave your question is so beyond my point, I’m not going to address it other than to say that I don’t give a flying fig about new or traditional DC practices, traditions and customs (as long as they aren’t unlawful). Yet, it would be beneficial if both reporters and WH representatives were less defensive/combative and more focused on providing clear, truthful, accurate, and value-added information to American citizens.

  6. Dave Krehbiel Dave Krehbiel
    4 August 2017 @ 7:44 am

    @William: yes, I agree, it was not your main point. But presenting a thoughtful and well organized main point does not give you a free pass to also add unsupportable nonsense.

  7. William
    4 August 2017 @ 12:52 pm

    @Dave, agree about unsupportable nonsense…given your previous post was just that, it didn’t even require a full response.