Howard Kurtz On Trump, Acosta Dust-Up — ‘Acosta Was Interrupting’ John Roberts
Fox News anchor Howard Kurtz introduced a “MediaBuzz” segment about the latest dust-up between President Trump and CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta by noting that Fox News’ own White House correspondent, John Roberts, was actually the one being interrupted by Acosta.
In refusing to take a question from Acosta on Friday, Trump slammed CNN as “fake news” during his joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May, adding that he would rather take the question from a “real” news network as he shifted to Fox News’ John Roberts. (RELATED: Acosta Shouts Question After Getting Shut Down At Press Conference – Trump Answers With One Word)
Roberts had taken flak from other media members for not immediately defending his intra-network colleague, and even ended up issuing a statement defending CNN.
“What’s gotten missed in a lot of the controversy here,” Kurtz said on Sunday, “is that he called on John Roberts. Jim Acosta was interrupting. He was trying to hijack the question, which he has done before with President Trump. This is not some scrum where they’re walking to the helicopters and everybody is shouting out.”
To Kurtz, the media criticism of Roberts was “off-base.” (RELATED: Sarah Sanders Explains Bolton Interview Cancellation: ‘A CNN Reporter Disrespected POTUS’)