OK, we knew this was coming, but still.

CNN wasted no time riding to the rescue of poor, put-upon reporter Jim Acosta after Acosta’s embarrassing — and physical — display at today’s White House press conference, releasing a statement and everything:

Because of course.

No wonder Jim Acosta is so insufferably self-righteous. Based on that statement, it’s pretty clear that CNN doesn’t just enable him; they encourage him, too.

There you have it. CNN’s just one big circle jerk of egos.

If we were journalists, we’d be embarrassed as hell to be lumped in with him.

Acosta may not have technically shoved anyone. But at the very least, his refusal to yield the microphone to anyone else despite having no special claim to it indicates that he’s thrown professionalism out the window. Clearly CNN has done the same.