CNN’s Acosta: ‘If Journalism Is Attacked, We Should Resist’

Amber Randall | Civil Rights Reporter

CNN’s senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta called on reporters to “resist” when they are attacked at a Monday journalism summit in Washington, D.C.

Acosta pointed out that while journalists are not members of the “resistance,” they should still “stand up” when the institution of journalism is being attacked.

“We are not part of ‘the Resistance’ but … if journalism is attacked, we should resist. That is up to us,” Acosta reportedly told those gathered at the Poynter Ethics Summit. The conference gathered Washington correspondents and other editors to speak on how to report in an era where trust in the media has declined.

“I think these are all just American principles that we are allowed to push back on in our work,” Acosta added.

Acosta has made a name for himself for his antics during White House press briefings, at one point going so far as to accuse the White House of having an immigration policy that did not match the poem at the foot of the Statue of Liberty. The CNN correspondent even quoted the poem during the August briefing.

“Acosta’s remarks aren’t just blunt; they’re unusual. Reporters are supposed to report, not opine,” the Washington Post’s Paul Farhi wrote in July.

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