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The Jim Acosta mystery deepens

If you marvel why CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta continues to interact in aggressive back-and-forth with President Trump even throughout a nationwide emergency, Steve Krakauer has some perception. He is a former CNN producer who has since grow to be a media analyst, providing a each day column known as Fourth Watch. He is aware of a little bit one thing about Mr. Acosta.

“I don’t think Jim Acosta is a bad guy. I worked with him at CNN, and he was a solid, competent reporter. If Acosta’s goal was to be a great White House reporter, he could probably do it. But that’s not Jim Acosta’s goal. Jim Acosta wants to be famous, Acosta clearly aspires to use this opportunity to spar with President Trump,” writes Mr. Krakauer.

“Jim Acosta loves nothing more than Jim Acosta. But I’ve also half-joked that if we found out, years from now, that Acosta was actually a plant and was secretly working for the Trump re-election campaign, I wouldn’t be shocked,” the columnist continues.

Wait, what was that once more?

“Acosta plays the role of absurd, antagonistic journalist, and tees up Trump to deliver what could essentially be a campaign message,” Mr. Krakauer says, additionally citing PBS White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor’s latest encounter with Surgeon General Jerome Adams over his use of “offensive” language in a coronavirus public outreach.

“Exchanges like the ones with Acosta and Alcindor during coronavirus briefings are actively helping Trump get re-elected — and they make all in the press look bad,” Mr. Krakauer concludes.


Consider “Deborah Birx Scarves.”

This is a brand new Instagram account devoted solely to the number of scarves worn by Dr. Deborah Birx, response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force. The web site has already accrued 16,000 followers because the account simply over two weeks in the past.


Quirky shortages of client items in the course of the coronavirus disaster have brought on angst amongst those that fret their rest room paper supples are dwindling. Is the nation in want? Yes, there’s a ballot, and sure there are variations amongst customers from completely different political events.

An in depth Monmouth University survey reveals that 62% of Americans say the outbreak has had a significant impression on their each day lives, up 9 share factors since late March. Another 55% report elevated private stress whereas 25% really feel extra lonely. Seven out of 10, nevertheless, really feel “very hopeful” that standard life will return after the pandemic ends. A 3rd additionally confess they’re overstocking on “certain items.” Another 52% report they’re having bother discovering requirements.

“Topping this unfulfilled procuring checklist is rest room paper, cited by 23%. Health and cleansing provides are additionally reported as lacking in motion, together with hand sanitizer cited by 16%, disinfectant spray (10%), antibacterial wipes (9%), rubbing alcohol (5%), and bleach and different cleansing provides (10%), in addition to different paper merchandise resembling paper towels and tissues (11%). Face masks (10%) and different medical gadgets (2%) are additionally talked about. Some additionally report they can’t discover sure varieties of recent meals (13%) or different meals gadgets (4%).

And in fact there are some pronounced partisan variations. See the Poll du Jour at column’s finish for perception.


The media continues to supply adoring information protection of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his newfound authoritative demeanor in the course of the coronavirus disaster. Trouble is, the journalists are overlooking Mr. Cuomo’s report as a governor.

“For the past several weeks, TV journalists have been unrelentingly nasty in their coverage of President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. But they’ve also found a liberal Democratic politician to rally around: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo has become a darling of the liberal media thanks to his daily press conferences — along with the fact that he is not President Trump,” wrote Bill D’Agostino, media editor for, a conservative press watchdog.

He cited examples on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC and CBS over the past three weeks which have instructed that Mr. Cuomo is definitely the “acting president” in the course of the nationwide well being emergency.

“Most of the journalists praising Cuomo have focused on his daily briefings, while his actual performance as a governor has been largely ignored,” Mr. D’Agostino noticed.

“The media need to scrutinize Andrew Cuomo’s record, not crush on his words,” wrote Julie Hollar, a senior analyst for FAIR — Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting — a progressive press watchdog and nonprofit.


Fox News continued its reign because the most-watched community within the cable kingdom for 12 weeks in a row, drawing 3.5 million primetime viewers final week in accordance with Nielsen Media Research. In comparability, MSNBC was in second with 1.9 million viewers, adopted by CNN (1.eight million), CNN (1.eight million), HGTV (1.1 tens of millions and TLC (1.1 million).

Fox News additionally trounced cable information competitors overlaying White House coronavirus activity drive press briefings; Bret Baier’s “Special Report” delivered 5.1 million viewers — the top-rated broadcast the third consecutive week. Sean Hannity stays a each day rankings king with 4.Four million primetime viewers, in comparison with 3.1 million viewers for MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. This marks 57 consecutive weeks that Mr. Hannity has bested his broadcast rival.


48% of U.S. adults say they discover all of the home items they want in retailer or on-line; 59% of Republicans, 46% of independents and 41% of Democrats agree.

23% general want rest room paper; 18% of Republicans, 20% of independents and 31% of Democrats agree.

16% general want hand sanitizer; 10% of Republicans, 16% of independents and 20% of Democrats agree.

13% general want recent gadgets like eggs, bread and milk; 11% of Republicans, 13% of independents and 14% of Democrats agree.

11% general want paper towels or facial tissues; 6% of Republicans, 10% of independents and 12% of Democrats agree.

10% general want facial masks; 11% of Republicans, 12% of independents and 10% of Democrats agree.

Source: A Monmouth University ballot of 857 U.S. adults performed April 3-7.

Kindly comply with Jennifer Harper on Twitter @HarperBulletin.

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