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Thursday, May 31, 2018


CNN star Jim Acosta rips Kim Kardashian's prison reform meeting with Trump, but lauded John Legend's activism on same during Obama year

CNN senior White house correspondent Jim Acosta has been slammed for hypocrisy after condemning Kim Kardashian’s White House visit.
CNN senior White house correspondent Jim Acosta has been slammed for hypocrisy after condemning Kim Kardashian’s White House visit.

Brian Flood

CNN star reporter Jim Acosta slammed Kim Kardashian West’s meeting with President Trump regarding prison reform on Wednesday as “not normal,” but media watchers quickly pointed out his hypocrisy by pointing to Acosta's sitdown with singer John Legend's in 2015 during President Obama’s administration to talk about the exact same subject.

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“She shouldn’t be here, talking about prison reform, it’s very nice that she is here but that’s not a serious thing to have happened here at the White House,” Acosta said on CNN Wednesday in the middle of a rant about Trump’s tweet regarding Roseanne Barr’s recent firing.

Acosta took issue with Kardashian West and Trump reportedly discussing prison reform and the possible pardon for a great-grandmother who is serving a drug-related life prison sentence. However, in 2015 Acosta sat down with Legend for a lengthy feature on mass incarceration and the criminal justice system.

When Legend declared that prison is not the solution to every problem, Acosta nodded approvingly before noting that prison reform is “personal” for the musician. Legend and his celebrity wife, Chrissy Teigen, visited the White House several times during the Obama administration and once hinted that they had sex at an “Obama thing.” Acosta never objected to any of Legend’s meetings with Obama.

CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding when Acosta changed his mind about celebrities discussing prison reform and visiting the White House.

The double standard didn’t go unnoticed. Mediaite’s Joseph Wulfsohn penned a column headlined, “Jim Acosta Trashes Kim Kardashian’s Prison Reform Efforts As Not ‘Serious’ After Taking John Legend’s Seriously in 2015,” which examines the CNN star’s abrupt change in attitude.

“If your argument is that Legend is some intellect singer-songwriter and Kardashian is some air-headed reality star, that misses the point. Look at what they have in common; they’re A-list celebrities with huge followings who have sincere passions that involve politics and in this case, both are using their celebrity status on prison reform,” Wulfsohn wrote.

Wulfsohn gave Acosta the “benefit of the doubt” that sexism isn’t a factor in the reporter’s flip-flopped views on celebrities using their star power in an attempt to impact prison reform.

“Perhaps it’s his disdain for Donald Trump, a president who he essentially admitted doesn’t take seriously,” Wulfsohn added.

Wulfsohn wasn’t the only watchdog to notice Acosta’s Hypocrisy. Fox News contributor Stephen Miller tweeted contradicting screen grabs of various tweets the CNN reporter has sent over the years, while countless others took to Twitter to mock Acosta.

Stephen Miller
Hi @Acosta, Meet @Acosta

10:51 PM - May 30, 2018
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Glenn Greenwald

Everyone knows the real reason people like @Acosta are mocking Kim Kardashian for working for the release of an unjustly imprisoned woman: because her husband praised Trump. Just be honest about that at least. They care more about the partisan angle than Alice Marie Johnson.

8:11 AM - May 31, 2018
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Jim Acosta
May 30, 2018

Artist @johnlegend to @CNNsotu - "I'm going to push the president to get more involved in criminal justice reform."

The Wokaine Cowboy@wokaine

Lol why is cool for John Legend to do this but not Kim Kardashian?
4:52 PM - May 30, 2018
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Paige Hymson
May 30, 2018

John Legend: “We don’t need prison as the solution for every problem.” Now on @CNNsotu with @Acosta


Acosta: Absolutely outrageous Kim at the White House! Celebrities shouldn't be commenting! John Legend, what's your political take?

5:11 PM - May 30, 2018
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Lori Hendry@Lrihendry

Jim Acosta slams Kardashian’s White House meeting saying she has no business being there but thinks John legend’s meeting with the president a year earlier on the same issue was appropriate and a good thing.

8:36 AM - May 31, 2018
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Ray Sanders@RaySand11102604

@Acosta seems like your tune is different when John Legend wanted to get involved with prison reform. Now you say Kim K “shouldn’t be at there”. You freakin’ hypocrite!

8:37 AM - May 31, 2018 · Dothan, AL
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Lee Pope@auburnlee1960

@Acosta why was it wrong for the President to have KK at WH to discuss prison reform but ok for obama in your words to have Legend there on same topic? Why also ok for obama to have multiple entertainers at WH? And your not biased? Hmmm

8:46 AM - May 31, 2018
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Juan Olivarez@juanoli53

@Acosta man you're a REAL HYPOCRITE aren't you. John Legend 2015 ring a bell? Now you criticize Kim Kardashian for the same thing? Do you realize how STUPID you look to us?

8:36 AM - May 31, 2018 · Alton, TX
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David Rutz

.@acosta going off just now on @KimKardashian being at the White House: "She shouldn't be here talking about prison reform."

wendy bradford@WendyLuvy312

I guess @Acosta forgot about the interview where he fawned over John Legend for wanting to do something similar with Obama.

9:00 AM - May 31, 2018
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Meredith Hope@MeredithHope

.@Acosta your comments are disgustingly sexist. Why do@you think John legend should be in politics but @KimKardashian shouldn’t be @WhiteHouse. A blatant put down of women. She has a much bigger base than u or @johnlegend ever will #sexist

8:38 AM - May 31, 2018
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Liberal hack hypocrite @Acosta had no problem John legend going to Obama’s to talk about prison reform but lectures the White House that @KimKardashian should not be there! That’s why your fake news! @cnnbrk @CNNPolitics

8:48 AM - May 31, 2018
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Storm Paglia @storm_paglia

Nice, FAKE NEWS JIM. Guess it was cool back then since Obama was pres? …

4:53 PM - May 30, 2018
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That time Jim Acosta didn't have a critical opinion of celebs doing policy at the White House. …

5:20 PM - May 30, 2018
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Acosta recently bragged that he was kicked out of the Oval Office by President Trump, saying he wears it “as a badge of honor,” while being glorified for serving as White House antagonist during an appearance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

Earlier this year, Trump kicked the CNN star out of the Oval Office after Acosta badgered the president with racially charged questions. Last month, Acosta was forced to do damage control after he was accused of taking personal shots at Trump supporters, saying “their elevator might not hit all floors.” He defended his comments, claiming that his words were “twisted by some outlets.”

Trump has famously dubbed CNN “fake news” and pointed directly at Acosta, calling him by the disparaging moniker in the past. Last December, Acosta was shut down by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders when he tried to hijack a press briefing and he has also gotten into combative arguments with other members of the administration including former Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller.


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