WTF MSM!? Flashback: Conservative reporter interrupting President Obama showed ‘incivility’

Rob Eno · June 13, 2018  
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President Obama during an outdoor press conference
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Double Standards …

Shouting Acosta … For those of you who have been reading this newsletter for a while, it would come as no surprise that I often find fault with CNN’s Jim Acosta. When many on the Right lined up to attack Acosta for “breaking protocol” in Singapore by shouting questions at Kim Jong Un and President Trump, I didn’t think there was anything wrong with it. That’s his job, and reporters have screamed questions at photo ops since I was in diapers.

What I do find fault with is the media’s double standard. Stephen Miller, aka @redsteeze on Twitter, has an excellent Twitter thread where he goes through how mainstream media sources lambasted the Daily Caller’s Neil Munro for daring to shout a question at President Obama in a similar situation. You see, the old guard media is upset that folks like Munro and CRTV’s Jon Miller even get a seat at the table.

CNN, where Acosta works, ran the headline: “Obama Interrupted: Disrespectful or latest in ‘era of incivility’?” Situational outrage at its finest.

Real-Life Zoe Barnes? … I’ve been following the leak case of former Senate Intelligence Committee staffer James A. Wolfe and his reported paramour, Ali Watkins of the New York Times. While those on the Left and in the media were quick to call the seizure of Watkins’ personal communications government overreach, it looks like the Times is now investigating the history and sourcing of Watkins’ work. There are serious ethical questions about how Watkins got her “scoops” and whether they were coming from someone she had a relationship with.


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Quick links … Here are some of the things I’ve been reading and watching over the last 24 hours.

  • Conservative Review: Marco Rubio blasts media double standard on Trump’s meeting with Kim
  • Variety: Trump criticizes CNN, NBC for coverage of North Korea summit: ‘Fake news’ is America’s ‘biggest enemy’
  • Rant Nation with Graham Allen: What we all want to say about the First Amendment
  • Experience Matters: Historic NOKO summit and all its mainstream media baggage
  • The Hill: Jim Acosta fires back after Trump campaign chief calls for his credentials to be revoked
  • WaPo columnist: The North Korea summit was a triumph of Trumpian stagecraft, and the media fell for it
  • The Verge: Newsweek and the race to fill Google with suicide news
  • NewsBusters: MSNBC panel suggests Trump is threatened by ‘Trudeau being younger’

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Author: Rob Eno

Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.