It was a Friday afternoon in my Journalism 101 class at the University of Tampa, and we were talking about Jim Acosta again. Specifically, I brought up a tweet from the CNN White House corresponent, in which he wrote that President Trump seemed “fired up and ready for combat. In person he sounds depressed and despondent.”
Trump was tweeting like he’s fired up and ready for combat. In person he sounds depressed and despondent.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 7, 2018
The question for the class: Did that sound like news reporting? Or something else?
The answer was resounding, and illustrates an increasing divide between professional political journalists and the students who may seek to become them. In my class, at least, student journalists are disappointed by what they see as a lack of neutrality in political reporting, particularly on social media and particularly from some of the reporters who cover Trump for the biggest news organizations in the country. They had serious reservations about Acosta’s approach, but also saw him as a stand-in for a wider problem in political media.
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“When you’re being attacked by someone of such authority as the president, it’s hard to bite your tongue,” Mallory Culhane, a sophomore from northern Virginia who sat in the back row of the class, said. “But being in this profession, it’s just something that you have to do.”
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