As we anticipated, the heartbreak over the just-released Inspector General’s detailed report on the events that took place on June 1, 2020 at Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C. is very real for CNN’s Jim Acosta. And we’re about to make his day much worse – without apology.
To quickly recap before we get into Acosta’s reaction, the key finding from IG Mark Lee Greenblatt’s department that caused journalist tears to flow was the one where then-President Trump and his Attorney General Bill Barr were vindicated of media-driven allegations about how they supposedly used federal resources to order protesters “tear-gassed” in order to clear a path for a “photo op” of Trump walking from the White House to the historic St. John’s church, which rioters had set on fire the night before:
The evidence we obtained did not support a finding that the USPP [U.S. Park Police] cleared the park to allow the President to survey the damage and walk to St. John’s Church. Instead, the evidence we reviewed showed that the USPP cleared the park to allow the contractor to safely install the antiscale fencing in response to destruction of property and injury to officers occurring on May 30 and 31. Further, the evidence showed that the USPP did not know about the President’s potential movement until mid- to late afternoon on June 1—hours after it had begun developing its operational plan and the fencing contractor had arrived in the park.
Acosta, a performative “reporter” who featured prominently in many a planned dust-up between reporters and the Trump White House back in the day, did not take to the Twitter machine last night to post his reaction to the news. Instead, he weighed in during this morning’s “New Day” broadcast, one of the lowest-rated programs on the struggling network.
During the segment, Acosta – who was one of the lead false narrative drivers on what was originally claimed to
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