You say what you want about the “Jim Acosta” character but the fact is that the absurd live-action sitcom we’re now inhabiting would be boring without him.
Trust the writers. They’ve gotten us this far.
The latest round of grandstanding came at this afternoon’s White House briefing, which most actual journalists in the room treated as a chance to quiz high-ranking natsec officials about potential campaign meddling by Russia this fall. Not Big Jim:
WATCH: Sarah Sanders Refuses to Say Press Isn’t ‘Enemy of the People’ in Jawdropping Clash With Jim Acosta pic.twitter.com/c8eYQgNgin
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) August 2, 2018
Not satisfied with getting to grandstand on camera, the poor guy was still emoting like peak Shatner afterward:
I walked out of the end of that briefing because I am totally saddened by what just happened. Sarah Sanders was repeatedly given a chance to say the press is not the enemy and she wouldn’t do it. Shameful.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) August 2, 2018
Here’s the clip, though, which history will look back on as the moment he locked up the nomination to be President Avenatti’s VP:
CNN’s @Acosta on contentious WH press conference: “Honestly Brooke, I’m tired of this …. It is not right, it is not fair, it is not just, it is un-American to come out here and call the press the enemy of the people”https://t.co/1oGZa7f57j pic.twitter.com/sqEkOE89SM
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) August 2, 2018
No, seriously, I think this is the moment CNN finally decides to give him his own show. They’ve been thinking about it for awhile, remember. The left enjoys him earnestly and the right enjoys him the way pro-wrestling fans enjoy their favorite “heel.” Who would you be more likely to watch at 10 p.m., if only out of pure freak-show curiosity — Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo, Don Lemon, or a guy who thinks maybe it’s time for the media to gather en masse outside the White House and chant things?
It’s a television tradition to monetize “breakout characters” by giving them their own spinoff. It’s time.