After President Trump publicly slammed CNN in England, American journalists attempted to shame Fox News reporter John Roberts for asking the president a question, after Trump denied an answer to CNN’s Jim Acosta.
Acosta shouted a question towards the podium during Trump’s joint press conference with Prime Minister Theresa May. The president responded to Acosta, calling his network “fake news.”
Watch the exchange here
Acosta: “Mr. President, since you attacked CNN, can I ask you a question?”
Trump: “John Roberts go ahead”
Acosta: “Can I ask you a question?”
Trump: “No, no. John Roberts go ahead. CNN is fake news. I don’t take questions from CNN. CNN is fake news. I don’t take questions from CNN. John Roberts from Fox. Let’s go to a real news network.”
Acosta: “But we’re a real network too, Mr. President.”
The Washington Times reported on the matter:
Strangely, according to most journalists, the rude actor deserving of scorn in this exchange was not Acosta and not even Trump, it was John Roberts for actually doing his job and asking the president a question when called on.
According to the reporters’ club, Roberts was supposed to chastise the president and refuse to ask a question unless Acosta got rewarded for interrupting and butting in out of turn.
CNN’s Brian Stelter has assumed the role of the moral arbitrator for the journalistic profession, coming in hot with this tweet:
Roberts could’ve said, “Mr. President, none of my colleagues are fake.” Or “Mr. President, you know better than this.” He could have even passed the mic to Acosta in a show of unity… https://t.co/lZ02UcWYZ9
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 14, 2018
And the pile-on began. Sanctimonious reporters hanging out in their favorite lounge, Twitter, jumped on board displaying shock and despair that Roberts and Fox News as a corporation didn’t chastise Trump and praise the brilliant efforts of Acosta and CNN.
The Hill’s media reporter Joe Concha joined the conversation with an excellent point:
Interesting to hear Fox’s John Roberts get lectured in the bubble for not defending Acosta, but no one seems to have any issue w/Acosta calling Fox News on multiple occasions “State-supported TV,” which would therefore include Roberts, Wallace, Shep, etc. https://t.co/vzCtXrsifk
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) July 13, 2018
Meanwhile, John Roberts released a statement on the issue. In this statement, he went as far as to omit any reference of Jim Acosta while also complimenting CNN.
Here is the statement from Fox News’s John Roberts, who was selected by Trump to ask a question after CNN’s Jim Acosta was dissed. pic.twitter.com/Wp4PDIP4xg
— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) July 13, 2018
That’s a classy move by Roberts, much more classy than I would have been.