The New York Press Club will be awarding CNN’s Jim Acosta a prestigious “Truth to Power” journalism award at their annual dinner in June.
A press release late last week indicates that the award is meant to honor “an individual whose body of work challenges the power establishment and/or defends journalists.”
How they came across Acosta’s name without the associated term ‘fake news’ during their research is anybody’s guess. The NYPB issued a full-throated swoon for the highly-biased reporter regardless.
“We are proud to honor a man such as Jim Acosta,” president of the NYPB Jane Tillman Irving said. Acosta “has proven himself throughout his storied, decades-long career to be a journalist of the utmost integrity.”
“For his unwavering commitment to fact and journalism, we are pleased to add to Jim’s many accolades with the Gabe Pressman ‘Truth to Power’ award,” Irving gushed.
Clown Acosta gets a press award. That should tell you everything you need to know about the modern media. https://t.co/0l0OE6YHIy
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) April 13, 2019
The only question now is, how will Acosta get out of the building with his new award when his head is no doubt going to be uber-inflated by this ridiculous flattery.
Challenges the Power Establishment
Rewarding someone who supposedly “challenges the power establishment” is a strange way to say you’re awarding somebody for throwing temper tantrums and making every press event about his own ego.
The lone legitimate challenge Acosta embarked on this past year involved his press credentials, which were rightfully revoked by the White House after an altercation with a female intern, and subsequently restored following a lawsuit by CNN and supported by Fox News.
Beyond that, he needs to be scolded frequently like a petulant child for his antics.
Jim Acosta tries to ask a follow-up question four times.
Sarah Sanders: “Not today, Jim!” pic.twitter.com/VutIj8BXYq
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) June 4, 2018
And reminded by the White House Press Secretary that he’s not as intelligent as he believes.
WATCH: During a tense exchange over immigration policy, White House Press Sec. Sanders tells CNN correspondent Jim Acosta that it is “hard for you to understand even short sentences, I guess.” pic.twitter.com/qvGQe3WsIA
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 14, 2018
There are times he’s so bent on ‘fighting the establishment’ that he walks out of a press briefing practically teary-eyed.
Then there was the time Acosta had to be shushed by people infinitely more professional than he is.
“Mr. President, will you stop calling the press the enemy of the people,” CNN Journalist Jim Acosta shouted at the end of Trump’s speech pic.twitter.com/FqWT5afwUV
— POLITICO (@politico) June 29, 2018
Incidentally, a colleague of Acosta’s, Steve Krakauer, a former senior digital producer for CNN, blasted him for this incident, referring to him as “truly an embarrassment, on multiple levels.”
Krakauer added that Acosta “give(s) all good journalists a bad name.”
Let’s be realistic here – Acosta is only receiving this award based on his amateurish antics in dealing with the Trump White House.
He never ‘challenged the power establishment’ when Barack Obama was in office.
There is a famous clip of the CNN lackey introducing a question for Obama prefaced with flatteries like “some people are calling your best week ever last week.”
Best week ever.
Yea, he’s a real truth warrior, isn’t he NYPB?