On Wednesday, Jim Acosta went off on President Donald Trump on CNN for hosting Kim Kardashian at the White House to discuss prison reform.
“She shouldn’t be here talking about prison reform,” Acosta said, adding that her visit was “not a serious thing to have happened at the White House.”
Given the number of “not serious” celebrities invited to the White House by Obama during his presidency, did Acosta say anything about these other celebrity appearances?
For example, in January 2012, then-first lady Michelle Obama participated in a potato-sack race with Jimmy Fallon. Acosta’s Twitter from that time shows a lot of attacks on Mitt Romney, but no mention of the seriousness of Michelle Obama’s choice of guest.
In December 2015, Obama welcomed comedian Jerry Seinfeld to the White House for an episode of Seinfeld’s popular Netflix series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” in which they lightheartedly discussed, along with coffee and old cars, the effects of fame and power on an individual. Acosta tweeted about it, but rather than being bothered, he seemed to find it entertaining.
Most notably, in April 2015, John Legend came to visit Obama in the White House “to push the president to get more involved in criminal justice reform.” Acosta, far from mocking the president for inviting a pop singer to discuss consequential policy issues, shared it as serious news, in a tweet that has since been deleted.
The question of whether Kim Kardashian warrants a visit to the White House to discuss policy is legitimate. But the fact that Acosta promoted Obama’s welcoming of a celebrity to discuss the same issue in 2015 shows that it’s not the seriousness that concerns Acosta, but which president is doing the discussing.
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