Jim Acosta warns “friends” in conservative media their days are numbered

CNN Senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta had a harsh warning for conservative journalist and their news outlets, saying that a future president could take aim at them the same way that President Donald Trump has done with his network.

“To our friends in conservative media, Anderson, I say this: It is no guarantee that you get to stay in power forever,” Acosta told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
“Another administration could come in and do the very same thing to them and say, ‘Well, Donald Trump did it. Guess what, we’re going to do it to you guys, too.’”

Acosta was referring to the regular frustration that the president voices about outlets such as CNN, The New York Times and other mainstream news networks who he believes to falsely report the news. He has also praised the Fox News Network for what he considers to be a dedication to accuracy in reporting.

“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” Trump tweeted months ago, among other things.

“There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news. The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news accurately & fairly. That will do much to put out the flame…”

“Congratulations to @FoxNews for being number one in inauguration ratings. They were many times higher than FAKE NEWS @CNN – public is smart!”

“@FoxNews is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but outside of the U.S., CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly. The outside world does not see the truth from them!”

The president has gone so far as to call the outlets not only “fake news” but “the enemy of the people.” Trump has specifically called Acosta “fake news” thanks to his aggressive and sometimes antagonistic questioning at White House press conferences.

The senior correspondent said that in news new book, “The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America, his goal was to “take the big-picture view.”

“What I wanted to do is sort of take the big-picture view on this and say, ‘Is this the kind of country we want to hand off to the next generation, where we’re now comfortable from here on out saying that the press is the enemy of the people and to our friends in conservative media?’” Acosta said.