We knew there would be trouble at the outset. We just didn’t know how low they would go.
Today marked the day of the White House’s Social Media Summit. The summit was to discuss the practice of social media shutting down speech, censoring targeted individuals, and deplatforming those that hold oppositional beliefs to those of the uber liberal social media companies. Even before the event began, mainststream media tainted the event with slanderous headlines and social media posts.
CNN ran the headline, “Trump invites right-wing extremists to White House social media summit” and numerous “journalists” attempted to push an “#AltWhiteSummit” hashtag. While I never saw that hashtag actually trend on Twitter, the #SocialMediaSummit hashtag was certainly trending. Right up until the moment that Twitter oddly suffered a wide-ranging outage. Many in the media seemed quite upset that Facebook and Twitter were not invited to the summit, when the point of the summit was to speak to those that had been censored by those very companies.
As the guests of the summit sat in the White House Rose Garden, the moment occurred that those media personalities hoped for. A verbal altercation occurred between a member of the press, and a guest.
Brian Karem is the senior White House reporter for Playboy. Yes, Playboy. Apparently they have a White House reporter. I can only assume that Karem’s reports, located inside Playboy magazine may just be the least read White House reporting in the world. Perhaps it was frustration over that, which led him to begin to antagonize the guests.
“This is a group of people that are eager for demonic posession” he starts. Karem is then called out by former White House advisor and current podcaster Sebastion Gorka. “And you’re a journalist right?” states Gorka. “Hey come on over here and talk to me brother, we can go outside and have a long conversation.” Gorka, who has never seemed to be the sort to back down to challenges, walked right up to Karem, and called him a punk. The results are nothing short of comical.
While the two are face to face, Karem can be seen hanging his head and avoiding eye contact with Gorka. As Gorka walks off, Karem calls out an extremely childish, “Go home!”
Yes. That really happened. And the entire video exchange was tweeted out multiple times.
But the whole video was not shared by a certain White House reporter that calls CNN home. Jim Acosta instead chose to share an edited clip which chopped out Karem’s incitement and instead started with Gorka calling him a punk. Instead of identifying the altercation for what it was, Acosta chose to claim that “social media figures began to verbally abuse reporters who were trying to do their jobs. A good snapshot of how press is treated by WH.” I wonder if Acosta could explain how unprovoked insults and challenges to fight is part of a reporter’s job? Instead, I believe this is a good snapshot of how many within the press treat current administration staff.
After watching the video in Acosta’s tweet, be sure to watch the entire video below, and see if you can spot the difference.
It was only a short while ago that Acosta’s employer CNN was making headlines about President Donald Trump sharing a “doctored video” of Nancy Pelosi. What was doctored in the video? It was simply cut to show all of Pelosi’s verbal flubs during a televised statement. How odd that such a short time after the manufactured outrage over an edited video, that Jim Acosta would in turn share an edited video. A “doctored” video.
If Jim Acosta is so insulted by being called #FakeNews, perhaps he should stop faking the news, and reporting the truth instead.