Hannity on Acosta claim he was tough on Obama: 'Only thing missing were the pom-poms'

Fox News host Sean Hannity took exception to CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta's claim during a recent interview that he "was just as tough" on former President Obama as he has been on President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions The Memo: Left pins hopes on Nina Turner in Ohio after recent defeats Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic MORE.

Hannity on his Thursday show called Acosta a "fake news crybaby" while saying the "only thing missing" from Acosta's questions to the Obama "were the pom-poms."

Hannity, a staunch supporter of the president, regularly takes aim at CNN on his prime-time program, while some CNN anchors have repeatedly referred to Fox News as "state-run TV."


"CNN fake news crybaby Jim Acosta, a big liberal that will do anything for attention, went on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' and claimed he was as tough on Obama has on President Trump. Really? Take a look," Hannity said before showing a clip of Acosta's Wednesday night interview with the comedian Kimmel, who is a harsh critic of the president.

In the clip, Acosta claims to have been "just as tough" on Obama during his time in office.

"Are you their [the Trump White House] least favorite of all?" asked Kimmel in the clip.

"As FDR said, I welcome their hatred," Acosta replied. "When I covered Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaHarris 'root causes' immigration plan faces challenges Have our enemies found a way to defeat the United States? Millennial momentum means trouble for the GOP MORE I was just as tough on him."

"They didn’t like you either. You are universally disliked?" Kimmel followed.

"I am," Acosta said as the clip ended.

Hannity then showed a clip of Acosta asking President Obama some questions at a press conference in June 2015.

"I wanted to ask you about what some people are calling 'your best week ever' last week," Acosta said to Obama at the time. "You had two Supreme Court decisions supportive of the Affordable Care Act and of gay rights. You also delivered a speech down in Charleston that was pretty warmly received. It seems that you've built up some political capital for the remaining months of your presidency. I'm curious how you want to use it? What hard things do you want to tackle at this point?"

Hannity commented on those questions, saying that Acosta is "supposed to be a journalist."

"Yes, he is supposed to the journalist," Hannity mocked as he ended the segment. "The only thing missing were the pom-poms."

Acosta, who spars with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders regularly in press briefings, was promoted by CNN to be its chief White House correspondent in January.

His previous title was senior White House correspondent. The 47-year-old reporter has covered the Obama and Trump administrations for CNN since 2013.