We’ve already mentioned Thursday’s #SocialMediaSummit at the White House, which gave CNN’s Oliver Darcy the vapors, knowing that President Trump was hosting a bunch of “right-wing extremists and trolls” (Tim Pool?) whose only goal was to “tear down” legitimate news organizations … and maybe CNN while they were at it. Those GIFs of Trump wrestling the CNN logo really got to those guys.
We’ve covered the times CNN and especially Jim Acosta have felt disrespected: when a non-traditional outlet got called on first, when CNN didn’t get a question at all, when CNN got stuck in the back row at a press conference, when Acosta had to wrestle the mic out of a young staffer’s hand to finish his two-part question … it’s truly a dangerous time to tell the truth in America.
And to top it all off, President Trump let all of his social media buddies sit up front at Thursday’s press conference following the summit.
The scene in the WH Rose Garden. All WH press in the back. Trump’s social media allies in the front rows. pic.twitter.com/wi8m4yW53N
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) July 11, 2019
You mean the guests?
— Sandy Parker (@RHWOOBsandy) July 11, 2019
Ummm….the guests are always in the seats and the press in the back. Always how it works as you know Jimborino.
— 🇺🇸🌸🍊🧡💋southerngalpal🌸🍊🧡💋🇺🇸 (@belleofva) July 11, 2019
The event isn't for you
— Rev. Matthew Codd (@mmcodd) July 11, 2019
Thoughts & Prayers
— EducatëdHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) July 11, 2019
Oh no, are you safe?
— The Dank Knight 🦇 (@capeandcowell) July 11, 2019
I hope you all the safety and courage during this difficult time
— Bob Malak (@bob_malak) July 11, 2019
I am actually going to be really sad when you eventually die for our sins
— Kevin Durant? (@markand4503) July 11, 2019
Imagine taking selfies and trying to be a victim at the same time?
— CC (@vegaschadc) July 11, 2019
Its almost as if he doesn't take you and your peers seriously. Weird.
— MrsFiveO (@MrsFiveO) July 11, 2019
Didn't realize they let in an even bigger clown than Diamond and Silk
— Chris Hynes (@realchrishynes) July 11, 2019
What hardship! Covering a White House event from the back row. How do you survive such oppression?
— Chris Adkins (@topheradkins) July 11, 2019
I'm old enough to remember when journalists didn't try to make themselves the story. You should probably try it, selfie queen.
— MrsDigger (@MrsDigger) July 11, 2019
So stunning. So brave.
— Former World Heavyweight Champion Omar Lee (@lamarls) July 11, 2019
— Matt (@Fled81) July 11, 2019
You are just like Rosa Parks
— Outrage McPounce (@Condi2016) July 11, 2019
Considering that it's a social media event doesn't that seem reasonable
— Junior head (@head_junior) July 11, 2019
Pray for Jim.
— NNX (@ninomontagna13) July 11, 2019
Will you be ok?
— drew breakey (@drewbreakey) July 11, 2019
today the bad man didn’t let me sit up front.
— Fiddler Forest (@FiddlerForest) July 11, 2019
Sorry this is happening to you.
Are you ok?
— CKent (@CKentDP) July 11, 2019
Dear Diary, pic.twitter.com/Y1NT7dzer8
— SOS (@303970colorado) July 11, 2019
Whoa, we're practically living in Nazi Germany, as evidenced by the fact that you didn't get a padded chair closer to the front.
— just alan (@anythingbutdem) July 11, 2019
Are you okay, Jim? Do you need a hug?
— Matthew Betley (@MatthewBetley) July 11, 2019
“In the back” lol, like 20 ft. back, you’ll be alright.
— Nathan Mark O'Malley (@MalleyNathan) July 11, 2019
you going to be ok big guy? You need a kleenex?
— Chris Tomlinson (@TomlinsonCJ) July 11, 2019
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 11, 2019