Acosta Defends Shouting Questions: ‘If They Want to Send Me to Hell, I’ll Still Be Shouting at The Devil’


Defending his tactic of shouting questions while reporting, CNN’s Jim Acosta said he’s simply doing his job.

In an appearance Sunday with Brian Stelter on Reliable Sources, Acosta explained that not every event at which the press appears has a built-in opportunity to ask questions, so he’s forced to make his own.

“It’s not like we barge into the Oval Office or barge into the Easter egg roll and start shouting questions,” he told Stelter. “What people don’t understand is that typically at the end of these pool opportunities…where we go in and talk to the president or he has an event, we wait until the very end of the bill signing or the event or whatever he has and he says, ‘Ok, thanks, guys.’ Then we’ll go in and ask our questions.”

Acosta said he usually follows that procedure, adding that “if they’re not going to take our questions we have to find opportunities to ask those questions.”

“Listen, if they want to send me to hell, I’ll still be shouting at the devil, is the way I look at it,” he said. “We have a job to do. I’ve said this times before and I’ll say it again. They can kick us out of the briefing room, they can kick us out of the White House. We’re still going to do our jobs.”

Acosta, who has been a frequent target of President
Donald Trump and the conservative media, grabbed attention Friday following Trump’s remarks on the Capital Gazette shooting when he shouted across the crowd, asking him whether he’d stop characterizing the press as the people’s enemy, receiving no response.

Watch the clip above, via CNN,

[Image via screengrab]

Follow Amy Russo on Twitter: @amymrusso

Have a tip we should know?

Filed Under: