Fox News host Sean Hannity invited fellow host Mark Levin to talk about his New York Times Bestselling book “Unfreedom of the Press,” and while on the show, compared it to CNN Chief White House Correspondent’s book, “The Enemy Of The People.”
According to Hannity, Levin’s book has been at the top of the bestseller list for four weeks, and is still performing well in it’s fifth week, selling over 35,000 books. In contrast, Acosta sold “barely sold over 6,500.”
“Is that a failure on his part?” Hannity questioned. “Because I’d say that’s a disaster.”
Levin weighed in, saying that “it is a disaster. He wrote a book about himself. He’s always been about himself.”
“Let me be honest, Jim Acosta is a clown. He’s not a reporter, he’s an advocate he’s a partisan he is a Democrat if not in fact in name and the American people are onto him.
“His book is rejected, despite the fact that he was promoted by the New York Times, promoted on the Sunday shows promoted on CNN and so forth.”
While Levin pointed out some of the numerous networks who advocated for Acosta, there was at least one left-leaning publication that had harsh words for the author.
NPR’s Annalisa Quinn took aim at 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.”
“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.”