NPR’s Annalisa Quinn took aim at CNN’s Jim Acosta and his new book in her review of “The Enemy Of The People.” Quinn called Acosta a “disputed icon” in the opening of her review, and quoted President Donald Trump calling Acosta a “rude, terrible person” and reminded her audience that he was also branded “fake news.”
“More telling, perhaps, than either the praise or the insults is a friendly interaction Acosta recounts in his new book, The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America,” Quinn said in her review.
“The Enemy of the People would have been a good place to ask why Trump has succeeded in this project. But Acosta used it as an opportunity to re-litigate his spats with the White House rather than to meaningfully interrogate the cultural shift that left huge numbers of people despising and fearing the press.”
Quinn then addressed Acosta’s most famous interaction with the president, in which he refused to surrender the microphone and was subject to his White House press credentials being temporarily revoked.
“In ‘The Enemy of the People,’ Acosta sounds less like a reporter than a rival athlete: ‘We beat Trump!’ Acosta remembers shouting after the lawsuit. Later, he writes, the ‘Trump people … had clearly gotten spanked,’” Quinn said.
“The tone throughout is jocular and self-congratulatory. Describing a Trump confrontation, he writes that another reporter was ‘the real hero’ of the news conference for defending Acosta, something you only say if you believe you are, in fact, the apparent and obvious hero.”
Quinn continued, “Reporters become part of the story when the president attacks them. But in between absorbing abuse and hitting back is another option: fighting for access, challenging the president on lies and reporting the facts the way you would with any other story. Acosta seems to believe that the attacks give him special dispensation to offer his personal opinions and that doing so is even an act of bravery or public service.”