Acosta on Trump attacks: Imagine what life would be like if government was the only ‘trusted’ news source

Acosta on Trump attacks: Imagine what life would be like if government was the only ‘trusted’ news source

CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta on Thursday called out President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE's repeated attacks against the press, asking what life would be like if the U.S. government was the only "trusted" news source. 

"Imagine what life would be like if the only 'trusted' news source is the government, mandating what’s reported and controlling what appears in internet search engine results," Acosta tweeted.

"I’ve visited places like that. They are not the United States of America."

His tweet came as Trump continues to rail against the press for its reporting on his administration. 


In a tweet earlier Thursday morning, Trump accused the media of not caring about the truth. 

“I just cannot state strongly enough how totally dishonest much of the Media is. Truth doesn’t matter to them, they only have their hatred & agenda,” he said.

“This includes fake books, which come out about me all the time, always anonymous sources, and are pure fiction. Enemy of the People!”

The ramped-up criticism is in part based on a CNN report in July on a 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed by Mueller's office Trump: I believe Obama would have gone to war with North Korea MORE.  

The network reported Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was willing to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that Trump knew about the meeting beforehand.  Lanny Davis, Cohen's attorney, confirmed that he was journalist Carl Bernstein’s source for the story. 

Davis, who is an opinion contributor at The Hill, later said it was a “major mistake" to make the assertion, adding that he's "not sure" about the story. CNN has stood by its reporting on the story. 

Acosta has frequently sparred with Trump and officials in the White House. Earlier this month, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Acosta engaged in a heated exchange after Sanders refused to say the media was not the enemy of the people. 

Acosta has previously stated that he's worried "the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt."