As the far-left Media Matters put it, during Donald Trump’s first press conference, Trump shot Jim Acosta on the middle of Fifth Avenue – and the press didn’t blink. In fact, they laughed after an exchange between the two. Acosta tried to challenge Trump for insulting CNN, which resulted in Trump refusing to take a question from him, and then referring to his network at “fake news.”
Even CNN published an op-ed afterwards stating that Trump “nailed” his first press conference.
Acosta had plenty of apologists in the media defending him, and attacking Trump for daring attack a member of the press, but to pretend that only Trump has ever done anything like this would be absurd – a point Fox host Neil Cavuto hit on his show last night.
Via The BlazeCavuto’s segment Thursday began with video of the press conference featuring CNN senior White House reporter Jim Acosta insisting Trump give him a question — and Trump refusing: “Your organization is terrible. … I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news.” Then Cavuto pounced. “Ouch! How’s all that going down, CNN?” he asked. “How does it feel to be dismissed, or worse, ignored? How does it feel when your feelings are hurt? When your reporters are singled out? And you’re treated unfairly and unkindly? Even rudely? What is it like not to be liked? It’s not really fun, is it?”
It is not fun when you think you’re doing your job, and the guy you’re covering thinks you’re the piece of work. It’s insulting, isn’t it? Being called on the carpet by the next leader of the free world after years of giving the present one all but a free pass? You can’t figure out suddenly not being in. It bugs you when someone questions whether you’re fair, doesn’t it? Or cuts you to your journalistic core, doesn’t it? It matters now when it’s about you, doesn’t it? Not so much when it’s about someone else. Presidential pile-ons matter when you’re the subject, not so much — actually scratch that, not at all — when let’s say Fox is the subject.
With that, Cavuto’s commentary cut to clips of President Barack Obama ridiculing Fox News during his years in office — then Cavuto returned. “And everyone chuckled,” he continued. “Take it from me, taking truth to power can be powerfully unsettling if that power sets its sights on you and attacks you and dismisses you and ignores you. It didn’t matter so much when it wasn’t about you before, CNN. Very different now that it’s you being singled out, CNN. Doesn’t seem very fair now, does it?”
He concludes “They say payback’s a b*tch – if only you would take a moment to rewind the tape. And see the shoe is on the other foot. Or am I confusing it with the one now kicking you in the ass. You see it’s hard to tell from where I sit. Back then your silence was deafening.”
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]