Karl argued that Acosta's actions do nothing but aid the President's argument that the press is the enemy of the people.
CNN’s Jim Acosta was criticized by the president of the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) in a new book for his “soapbox” reporting style helping President Donald Trump.
“Front Row at the Trump Show,” published March 31 and written by ABC journalist and WHCA president Jonathan Karl, blasts Acosta for sometimes acting like an “opinion journalist.” Karl also wrote that Acosta has played “right into the explicit Trump strategy of portraying the press as the opposition party,” The Free Beacon reported.
“The surest way to undermine the credibility of the White House press corps is to behave like the political opposition,” Karl writes in his new book. “Don’t give speeches from the White House briefing room. … Don’t talk about holding protests against the president in Lafayette Square.”
This is in reference to Acosta’s big 2018 argument with former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Acosta demanded that Sanders say the press wasn’t the “enemy of the people” and then urged reporters to protest outside of the White House.