CNN’s Jim Acosta received the Presidential Award from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists during the 2017 convention this week. However, it’s Acosta’s panel discussion that is notable.
The persistent senior White House correspondent has earned the ire of communications staff as well as the president himself for challenging questions and persistent demands for answers.
“When people use the term fake news, it’s because they can’t handle the truth and can’t stand the heat,” Acosta told the crowd, according to a NAHJ tweet.
President Donald Trump has attacked Acosta and CNN specifically and accused them of being “fake news.”
“You know I like real news, not fake news,” Trump remarked during an August at a memo signing. “You’re fake news.”
Acosta blasted Trump in July after the president tweeted a doctored video of him attacking CNN.
“There are two approaches to this. One is, we can sit back and be silent and just take it. I think we’re well past that now,” he told Fredricka Whitfield.
He went on to say that he thinks it’s time they take on another approach.
“We have to stand up to this. We have to confront this and say that it’s wrong,” Acosta said.
“For the past years, I’ve seen Jim Acosta in action. He’s covered President Obama and President Donald Trump, always pushing both sides to answer the tough questions,” commented Brandon Benavides, NAHJ President in a release. “As a voice for the people, Acosta is not afraid to hold our elected leaders accountable. Regardless of criticism, he remains focused in a pursuit of truth for our communities. Acosta is among an elite group of journalists covering the White House.”