CNN Cries Over Rebuke by Romney Aide in Poland
Warner Todd Huston | August 9, 2012
CNN wants us to feel sorry for it. More specifically CNN reporter Jim Acosta wants us to feel sorry for him. It was Acosta who said on a July 31 broadcast that the behavior of Romneyâ€™s aide in Poland was â€œreally inexcusableâ€ and â€œsort of unprovoked.â€
In case you missed the furor of the Old Media, while visiting Polandâ€™s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Pilsudski Square, various members of the press following Romney on his overseas trip began to scream out questions at the candidate as he made to leave the memorial. This loud disrespect for the somber atmosphere of the memorial prompted Romneyâ€™s traveling press secretary, Rick Gorka, to interject, dressing down the media and even cursing at them.
As reporters from CNN, The New York Times, Politico, and the Washington Post screamed out questions, Gorka sternly asked them to â€œshow some respect.â€
The press was screaming out things like â€œwhat about your gaffes,â€ and â€œdo you have a statement for the Palestiniansâ€ and eventually Romney aide Gorka could no longer contain himself. Just before Gorka acted, CNNâ€™s Acosta himself yelled out a whiney, â€œGovernor Romney just a few questions sir, you havenâ€™t taken but three questions on this trip from the press!â€
Finally, when a reporter for The Times started whining saying that Romney hadnâ€™t taken any questions from him in a while, Gorka replied, â€œKiss my ass. This is a Holy site for the Polish people. Show some respect.â€
A few seconds later, Gorka told Jonathan Martin of Politico to â€œshove it.â€
An hour or so later the Romney aide called several members of the press to apologize for losing his cool.
All this caused CNNâ€™s Acosta to play the victim on the Tuesday newscast with Carol Costello.
Acosta claimed that the boorish behavior of the media is somehow normal, so screaming things out at such a â€œHoly siteâ€ shouldnâ€™t get Romney and his aides all upset. Acosta went on to claim that Gorkaâ€™s treatment of him was â€œsort of unprovokedâ€ and that it was â€œreally inexcusable.â€
Acosta insisted that â€œto expect the media not to ask you questions is sort of unrealisticâ€ and went on to note that Sam Donaldson of ABC routinely used to show disrespect for President Reagan, so Romney should basically just accept it from CNN, too.
See Newsbusters for the full transcript of the CNN segment.
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